58 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.
https://www.thebulwark.com/podcast/focus-group/

The Focus Group Podcast The Bulwark

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    • 4.9 • 1.8K 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.
https://www.thebulwark.com/podcast/focus-group/

    Unlearning Their Hermit-ness (with Tim Miller)

    Unlearning Their Hermit-ness (with Tim Miller)

    2024's college graduates started their college careers with COVID, and ended them with encampments on most of their campuses. Tim Miller joins Sarah to discuss how America's youth have dealt with a turbulent few years, how they view the recent protests on their campuses, and their thoughts on November's election.

    • 46 min
    Larry Hogan: The Most Democratic Republican (with Michael Steele)

    Larry Hogan: The Most Democratic Republican (with Michael Steele)

    One of Sarah's fav Republicans, former Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, is running for Senate. So how are Sarah, and her fellow Marylanders thinking about the race?

    • 49 min
    Trump's 'F*ck You' Strategy (with Marc Caputo)

    Trump's 'F*ck You' Strategy (with Marc Caputo)

    Trump said that Nikki's supporters would be "permanently barred" from the MAGA camp, and he's keeping that promise in the general election.

    • 36 min
    Arizona: The "Leave Me Alone" State (with Yvonne Wingett Sanchez)

    Arizona: The "Leave Me Alone" State (with Yvonne Wingett Sanchez)

    Abortion has become a defining feature of the 2024 election in Arizona, and Arizona women know it.

    • 43 min
    Wanted: Serious, Sober People (with Bill Kristol)

    Wanted: Serious, Sober People (with Bill Kristol)

    Voters have gotten long looks at both Trump and Biden representing America on the world stage, so what did swing voters see?

    • 45 min
    The "Uncommitted" Democrats (with Tommy Vietor)

    The "Uncommitted" Democrats (with Tommy Vietor)

    Voters in recent Democratic primaries have been upset with Biden's handling of the Israel-Hamas war. Can he win them back?

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
1.8K Ratings

1.8K Ratings

WouldBeWonk ,

Hear what voters say among their friends

Sarah usually groups voters who voted the same way in the past and maybe have demographic similarities (students, older voters) and gets real talk from people comfortable in an affinity group, then analyzes with a guest with insight into that group. A gold mine!

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I’m a focus groupie!

I’m a huge fan of Sarah. Even though I’m a civil libertarian and an economic market socialist and vote Democratic, I love her insight and her ability to articulate what these groups have to say!

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The focus group podcast

Interesting and enlightening program.

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