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The American Public's Attitudes about Nixon Post-Watergate

President Richard Nixon resigning

Just a few days before he stepped down, a Gallup poll had shown Nixon's approval rating to be a dismal 24%, down from 67% in January of the previous year. The 37th President left the White House under a dark cloud of public disapprobation. But by his death in 1994, many claimed the man had successfully reinvented himself as a respected elder of American politics.

Read "The American Public's Attitudes about Nixon Post-Watergate"

Andrew Kohut Named Winner of the 2014 Warren J. Mitofsky Award

Andrew Kohut 2014 Mitofsky Award winner The Roper Centerís Board of Directors is delighted to announce the 2014 Warren Mitofsky Award for Excellence in Public Opinion Research will be awarded to Andrew Kohut, preeminent public opinion pollster who has made a profound contribution to the understanding of politics and public affairs, both in the US and globally. Whether commentating on National Public Radio or the PBS NewsHour or providing quotes for the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Washington Post or scores of other media outlets, Mr. Kohut is known for his gravitas and unbiased, wise, insightful analysis of how the collective public views a vast variety of subjects.

Learn more about the Mitofsky Award and this year's recipient.

Malaysian Airlines Flight 17

Crash site of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17

The tragic crash in eastern Ukraine of Flight MH17, a Boeing 777 carrying 298 people, marks the second catastrophic event this year for Malaysian Airlines. Ukrainian officials report that the plane, carrying 283 passengers and 15 crew members, was shot down by a surface-to-air missile system. While the pro-Russian rebels deny any responsibility, the Ukrainian government maintains that the pro-Russian separatists fighting to join East Ukraine with Russia shot down Flight MH17 with Russian aid.

Read public opinion on "Malaysian Airlines Flight 17"

Gary Langer: Passion Unleashed!

Gary Langer of Langer Research Associates Gary Langer, president of Langer Research Associates and Roper Center Board of Director, was interviewed by Tom Kolly the DRI Director of Communications. The interview covered the art of polling and both the 2013 and 2014 DRI National Poll on the Civil Justice System.

Read "A Conversation with DRI Pollster Gary Langer"

Faculty Named First Roper Center Faculty Fellows

The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research has named four University of Connecticut scholars as the first recipients of its Faculty Fellowship Program.

The recipients are assistant professor Dr. Thomas Hayes, associate professors Dr. Virginia Hettinger and Dr. Matthew Singer all from the department of political science, and professor of sociology, Dr. Michael Wallace.

Learn more about the Faculty Fellowship Program and this year's recipients.

  • Faculty Fellows: Dr. Thomas Hayes, Dr. Michael Wallace, Dr. Virginia Hettinger and Dr. Matthew Singer.

  • Jeff Seemann, Vice President for Research, Dr. Michelle Williams, Associate Vice President for Research, Faculty Fellows, Paul Herrnson, the Centerís Executive Director and Professor of Political Science and Vice Provost for Academic Operations and Professor of Public Policy Amy Donahue

  • Paul Herrnson, the Centerís Executive Director and Professor of Political Science, Faculty Fellows, and Dean of CLAS and Mathematics Professor Jeremy Teitelbaum


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