Measuring Public Opinion in a Turbulent World

March 6, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
St Jax Montréal
1439 Rue Sainte-Catherine O
Montréal, QC H3G 1S6
Free for members of the SJLS, $12 for non-members
Sam Browman

The surprising victory of Donald Trump in the 2016 Election in the United States, combined with the no-less surprising Brexit referendum results, have generated many negative comments regarding the accuracy of political polling and polling companies’ ability to accurately measure public mood in a rapidly changing world.

Sébastien Dallaire, Vice President at Ipsos, Canada’s leading public opinion research firm, will provide an in-depth look at the present and future of political polling, demonstrating that despite the challenges faced by the polling industry, scientific polls based on random samples remain the most accurate way of measuring public opinion and voting intentions.

Through his 20 years of experience teaching and conducting public opinion research, Sébastien Dallaire has become one of Canada’s most respected polling specialists.

In addition to his regular appearances on national and provincial media outlets as a polling analyst and commentator, he has been involved in designing, conducting and analyzing hundreds of research projects for prestigious Canadian clients in the private and public sectors.

His private sector career in political polling started during his PhD studies in Political Science at the University of Toronto, when he joined pollster Allan Gregg’s team at The Strategic Counsel.

In 2010, Mr. Dallaire moved back to his hometown of Montreal where he led the public affairs team at Léger for more than 5 years before joining Ipsos, Canada largest public opinion research firm, as Vice President in 2016.