6 episodes

Unfiltered, uncompromising, unexpected—The Focus Group is a look into what the average voter thinks about politics, policy, and current events. Sarah Longwell, publisher of The Bulwark, has conducted hundreds of hours of focus groups all across the country. She and a series of special guests will take you behind the glass to hear what real focus group participants have to say.

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The Focus Group Podcast The Bulwark

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    • 4.9 • 1.3K Ratings

Unfiltered, uncompromising, unexpected—The Focus Group is a look into what the average voter thinks about politics, policy, and current events. Sarah Longwell, publisher of The Bulwark, has conducted hundreds of hours of focus groups all across the country. She and a series of special guests will take you behind the glass to hear what real focus group participants have to say.

thefocusgroup.thebulwark.com

    "Lesser of Two Evils" Drinking Game (with Natalie Allison)

    "Lesser of Two Evils" Drinking Game (with Natalie Allison)

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    Republicans may be losing one of their best pickup opportunities in the Senate after they nominated a MAGA weirdo to run against an astronaut in Arizona. POLITICO Senate campaigns reporter Natalie Allison joins Sarah to listen to a group of Arizona swing voters and what they think of their choices.
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    • 44 min
    What Happens in Vegas Won't Stay in Vegas (with Jon Ralston)

    What Happens in Vegas Won't Stay in Vegas (with Jon Ralston)

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    Nevada's economy was hit especially hard by COVID. Now, the Democratic governor and senator are paying the price in their re-election campaigns...or are they? The dean of the Nevada press corps, Jon Ralston, joins Sarah to talk about a Nevada focus group...and whether voters in the Secretary of State race are playing Russian roulette with American democracy.
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    • 54 min
    The Head vs the Heart in Big Ten Country (with Tim Alberta)

    The Head vs the Heart in Big Ten Country (with Tim Alberta)

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    The Atlantic’s Tim Alberta joins Sarah to discuss whether Ohio is really more Trump+8 than R+8 — and to debate Tim Ryan's chances against J.D. Vance. Meanwhile, in Michigan's governor's race, Gretchen Whitmer hits Tudor Dixon on her biggest vulnerability — abortion — while facing lingering resentment over her Covid response.
    The Focus Group podcast is exclusively for Bulwark+ members. Become a member today and the next two weeks are on us for FREE. Go to TheBulwark.com/FocusGroup.

    • 43 min
    Make Politics Boring Again, Please

    Make Politics Boring Again, Please

    On this week's episode, we're sharing a director's cut of a recent focus group, featuring swing state suburban women. These voters from Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Georgia backed Trump in 2016, but flipped in 2020. Hear what they have to say about the big races in their states, their desire for things to be "normal" again, and how the end of Roe is influencing their vote this November.

    This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit thefocusgroup.thebulwark.com/subscribe

    • 54 min
    Vibe Check (with Tim Miller)

    Vibe Check (with Tim Miller)

    As primary season winds down, Democrats are gaining ground in what was supposed to be a wave year for Republicans. Tim Miller joins Sarah to discuss the anti-abortion extremists endorsed by Trump, how Democrats are making Dobbs a game-changer, and the weirdo theory of politics.

    The Focus Group Podcast is exclusively available to Bulwark+ members.


    This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit thefocusgroup.thebulwark.com/subscribe

    • 46 min
    The Florida Man Thunderdome (with Marc Caputo)

    The Florida Man Thunderdome (with Marc Caputo)

    Florida is the center of Republican politics these days — and it's getting redder all the time. Trump lives there, and his political understudy is the governor. Marc Caputo of NBC News — the best Florida Man in the political press corps — joins Sarah to listen to a group of Florida reverse flipper voters (not Trump 2016/ yes Trump 2020). They also discuss Trump, DeSantis, 2024, and how the FBI search of Mar-a-Lago could impact it all.

    The Focus Group Podcast is exclusively available to Bulwark+ members.


    This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit thefocusgroup.thebulwark.com/subscribe

    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
1.3K Ratings

1.3K Ratings

Digsby14 ,

How do bulwark plus members listen!?

Love the podcast and I joined bulwark plus to keep listening, but I don’t see anywhere here to enter my bulwark plus credentials so I can keep
listening on Apple podcast? Can you please explain to listeners how they listen AFTER paying? Is it just not possible to do with Apple podcasts app with all my other apps? I had expected it to have a place for me to enter username password…

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Garbage Fire

This podcast seeks to answer the question: What if the very act of defecation was the basis for creating a podcast?

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