October 07, 2008

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LEWISBURG, Pa. – Find out tonight who is most likely to become the next president as two of the nation’s top polling experts analyze the results of a live, electronic poll and discuss the latest national polls shaping the presidential race during an interactive polling event at Bucknell University one week before Election Day.

“The Polls and the Presidency,” the second event this fall in the Bucknell Forum series, "The Citizen & Politics in America," will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 28, in Trout Auditorium in the Vaughan Literature Building. The event is free and open to the public; seating is first-come, first-served.

The 90-minute event will feature a discussion by national pollsters Republican Steve Lombardo and Democrat Jefrey Pollock of the latest national polls and of an advance online survey. They will also discuss the results of an interactive session during which a group of randomly selected Bucknell students will provide live feedback while viewing campaign ads.

Opinion survey
The “Bucknell Community Political Opinion Survey,” which was developed courtesy of a professional pollster to correspond with a Wall Street Journal/NBC poll for national comparison, will be analyzed at the event.

Lombardo, who is the president and CEO of Lombardo Consulting Group, has advised political candidates and major corporations, and is considered an expert in public policy and issue management, advertising and communications evaluation and branding strategy.

Lombardo has handled polling and communications research for several U.S. Senate, gubernatorial and congressional candidates. He worked on the presidential campaign for George H.W. Bush in 1992 and contributed to communications activities at the 1996 and 2000 Republican conventions. Most recently, he served as a senior research and communications advisor to Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign.

He has served as a commentator on business, politics and media for FOX News, CNN's “Inside Politics” and network television affiliates across the country.

Pollock is the president of Global Strategy Group, a strategic research and political consulting company. He has worked with Democratic presidential candidates, governors and members of Congress and with leading advocacy organizations and major companies to conduct research and develop strategy. His clients have included presidential candidate John Edwards, New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Pollock has appeared as a political pundit for CNN, MSNBC and FOX News and served as the moderator for focus groups with voters for ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.”

He also teaches public policy and administration at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

The Bucknell Forum
The Bucknell Forum: “The Citizen & Politics in America” is an ongoing national speakers series begun in fall 2007 that is focusing on the major issues of the presidential election. It features nationally renowned leaders, scholars and commentators examining these issues from multi-disciplinary perspectives and a diversity of viewpoints to provide a model for civil discourse.

Kicking off this final semester’s theme of “Power and the President,” presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin gave a talk Sept. 30 on “Leadership Lessons from Abraham Lincoln and Their Meaning for Our Next President.” A final event to be held after the election will be announced later this semester.

The Bucknell Forum will continue with a new 18-month series, “Global Leadership: Questions for the 21st Century,” starting in January.

Past semesters of the Bucknell Forum have included panel discussions with religion experts and national political correspondents and talks by NBC journalist Tim Russert, “Mad Money” host Jim Cramer, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Leonard Pitts, best-selling author Barbara Ehrenreich, and political theorist Benjamin Barber.

Contact: Division of Communications