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Cazenovia Forum hosts pollster John Zogby

About 140 area residents intently listen to national pollster John Zogby during the most recent Cazenovia Forum presentation on Nov. 9 in St. James Church.

About 140 area residents intently listen to national pollster John Zogby during the most recent Cazenovia Forum presentation on Nov. 9 in St. James Church.

— About 140 people turned out at the latest Cazenovia Forum lecture to hear nationally known pollster and Utica native John Zogby analyze the results of the recent presidential election. Zogby spoke on Friday, Nov. 9, at St. James Church in Cazenovia, just days after President Obama was re-elected.

In introducing Zogby, Forum board member David Chanatry reminded the audience that Zogby also spoke after the 2008 election.

”We at the Cazenovia Forum are always pleased to bring nationally known speakers to our village,” Chanatry said. “And as Central New Yorkers, it is a real pleasure when they are one of our own. Please join me in welcoming back to the Cazenovia Forum one of the nation’s most respected pollsters, Mr. John Zogby.”

Taking the pulpit before the politically-inclined congregation, Zogby paused as if reflecting, and with a wry grin addressed the audience. “Well, this is especially nice,” he said. “No one ever asks me to come back. Respected and pollster in the same sentence, that’s so awesome, because we all took a beating this time around and we were all right, so let’s hear it for the all the pollsters.”

His opening remarks drew hearty laughter from the audience, and set the tone for an evening in which he wove intellectual humor and light-hearted sarcasm with many interesting facts about his work.

Peppering his talk with references to American history, he spent the next hour and-a-half breaking down voting patterns, describing his methods and those of other pollsters as well as offering his insights as to why polling itself became an issue during the campaign.

Zogby said he had Obama up by 4 percent the night before the election but in interviews with several news organizations via Skype and in their studios, he described how the same candidate might not take the popular vote along with the Electoral College.

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