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By the Numbers

Next time you see a story based on polls or polling and distributed by the Associated Press, be sure to check the byline. There’s a good chance it will have been written, in whole or in part, by Jennifer Agiesta, a 2000 Washington and Lee alum.

In late August, Jennifer began her new position as deputy director of polling for the AP. A politics major, she had previously been a polling analyst for the Washington Post.

In her new position, Jennifer led the AP’s coverage of exit polling of the 2010 electorate, and she’s managing the AP’s in-house polling on a wide range of topics:

  • Are holiday shoppers going to be more cautious this year when using plastic to pay for purchases? Yes.
  • When it comes to stemming budget deficits, do Americans prefer cutting federal services or raising taxes? Cutting services.
  • What percentage of pet owners have taken a vacation with their animals in the last two years? About 25 percent.

Twitterers can follow Jennifer’s observations on polling (and New York pro sports) at  @jennagiesta.