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 ONLY podcast like this
Incredibly insightful (and also incredibly frustrating at times)! It’s a must listen if you ever want to try to understand what’s going on in this country and what people think.
Sarah is incredible and must have the patience of a saint to sit through these focus groups. I’ve have to pause several episodes just to scream in my head about the completely wild and contradictory things that people think. But it’s better to know than to not, and it’s been weirdly comforting to at least start to understand. This is the only podcast that can give you this kind of insight.
6 out of 5 stars
Not enough focus group
When I read the title and description of this show I was excited - after listening to dozens of episodes I’m very disappointed by this show.
I was hoping to hear from the people in the focus group, not Sarah and her guest analyzing and often times insulting the people who participate in the focus group.
In the latest episode, they constantly reference a focus group but didn’t play a single clip from that focus group. It was just the opinions of the host and her guest.
I dislike Trump, but I think podcasts like this does more to help Trump by demonstrating how biased and unwilling Sarah is to play the tape of focus groups - instead relying solely on their analysis which is often one-sided. Why are they so afraid to let listeners hear what voters actually think ??
The show does not live up to its promise, and does not meet the standard of journalism, transparency, and decency I would expect from this team.
Sarah Longwell is a National Treasure
Ms. Longwell’s potent mind and voice will be instrumental in the defeat of Donald Trump and MAGA extremism.