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2014 Election Polling: A Post-Mortem and Look to the Future

Election 2014

Co-sponsored by DC-AAPOR:
November 13, 2014, a panel of industry leaders will look back over the year, digest the results and the performance of the new methodologies, and examine their implications from different points of view.
The panel:

  • Anna Greenberg - Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research
  • Bill McInturff - Public Opinion Strategies
  • Stu Rothenberg - Rothenberg Political Report
  • Frank Newport - Gallup Poll
  • Susan Pinkus - Formerly of LA Times poll will chair the panel

Read about the panelists and post-mortem logistics


The Andrew Kohut Student Fellowship Fund

Andrew Kohut 2014 Mitofsky Award winnerTo honor the 2014 winner of the Warren J Mitofsky Award for Excellence in Public Opinion Research, the Roper Center Board of Directors has established an endowment fund for the purpose of supporting student research. Kohut Fellows will receive training in public opinion research and mentoring by experts in the field, permitting industrious students an opportunity to continue Mr. Kohut's work well into the future.

Sponsor the Andrew Kohut Student Fellowship Fund


Frontiers in Undergraduate Research - Fall 2014

Fall Frontiers - discover the diversity of student research. Wednesday, October 29, 2014 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Wilber Cross South Reading room

Frontiers in Undergraduate Research is the annual poster exhibition of student research, scholarship, and creative projects. Frontiers is a chance for students to share their work with the UConn community and with visitors to campus.

Four Undergraduate Research Assistants from the Roper Center present their research poster projects.

Read the research posters of Katie Cavanaugh, Ian Fignon, Marissa Piccolo and Emma Sifre.


Going Too Far: The American Public's Attitudes toward Protest Movements

Protest movement in Ferguson Missouri

The photographs out of Ferguson are new, but the scene is all too familiar: signs, bullhorns, protesters, police. The ongoing demonstrations in Missouri are only the most recent in a long history of American protests. Groups across the political spectrum have used rallies, marches, and picket lines to bring their agendas to the attention of the media, government and fellow citizens. But public attitudes about this form of political engagement have historically been mixed at best.

Read: Going Too Far: The American Public's Attitudes toward Protest Movements

Crossposted on Huffington Post Pollster


Money, Politics and the American Public

Money and the capital building

Observers of the American political scene have long denigrated politicians' reliance on money and the donors who provide it. The influence of money in politics in general and campaigns in particular is a staple of op-ed writers, late-night comedians and armchair pundits. As another Federal Election Commission reporting deadline looms, how bad does the public really think the problem is and what are they willing to do about it?

Read: Money, Politics and the American Public

Crossposted on Huffington Post Pollster


The Public and Ebola: What the Polls Say

Ebola virus image

The news stories now follow a familiar pattern: an outbreak of a new and frightening disease on another continent, the first cases found in the U.S., the speculation about the risk to the American population. The public has experienced this before: first SARS, then several waves of H1N1, and now Ebola. What did the public think during these earlier outbreaks, and what are they thinking now?

Read: The Public and Ebola: What the Polls Say

Crossposted on Huffington Post Pollster


Call for Proposals: 2015 RARE Research Awards

The Roper Award for Research Experience (RARE) is a subcategory of the SHARE (Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts Research Experience) Award. SHARE and RARE are designed especially for students in the earlier stages of their college careers, to introduce them to research in their chosen fields and to develop the skills they will need for further research projects. RARE teams consist of a faculty mentor and a student apprentice who apply jointly for the program. Applications must be submitted by 4:00 pm on October 27, 2014.

RARE Award program details and links to the online application.

Read about the 2014 RARE Award winning teams.


Webinars

New Webinars Available

 

Introduction to Roper Center Services - Tour the various services available through the Center. Learn search strategies for using iPOLL and the Catalog of Dataset holdings as well as a variety of approaches to obtaining cross tabulations.

Using iPOLL - Explore the content and functionality of iPOLL. Learn the nuts and bolts of searching this database to generate results for real research questions. Bring your research questions!

Accessing Datasets at the Roper Center – Experience different methods of identify studies to run detailed data analysis and download datasets. Using SPSS and RoperExplorer, this interactive webinar will run through generating basic crosstabs.

Read more about these webinars and register for a session at Webinars now located within User Support.


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