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Politics Podcast: Don’t Pay Attention To That Outlier Poll You Saw

On Tuesday, the Senate began debate on the Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act despite all indications that it will fail to garner 60 votes — and that key Democrats will refuse to change the filibuster so federal voting-rights legislation can pass with a simple majority. In this installment of the FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast, the crew discusses what’s in the bill, why Senate Democrats have taken it up in the face of unmoving opposition and how voting laws have changed on the state level since 2020.

They also ask whether a new poll showing President Biden’s approval rating at just 33 percent deserves all the attention it’s been getting.

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Galen Druke is FiveThirtyEight’s podcast producer and reporter.

Alex Samuels was a politics reporter at FiveThirtyEight.

Nathaniel Rakich is a senior editor and senior elections analyst at FiveThirtyEight.

Kaleigh Rogers is FiveThirtyEight’s technology and politics reporter.