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Two Dozen Key Races May Decide Control of Maine State House

Portland Press Herald
Two Dozen Key Races May Decide Control of Maine State House
By Steve Mistler
September 22, 2014

"Unlike the campaign for votes, the campaign for resources has become increasingly nationalized," said University of Connecticut political science professor Paul Herrnson, referring to the dispersion of outside money into state-level campaigns.

Posted: Sep 22 2014


The Public and Proposed Constitutional Amendments: We Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change

Huffington Post Pollster
The Public and Proposed Constitutional Amendments: We Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change
By Paul Herrnson and Kathleen Weldon
September 15, 2014

"In general, the public reject the idea that the Constitution requires significant updating."
Posted: Sep 15 2014


As Primary Nears, Connecticut GOP Sees Weak Malloy

Wall Street Journal, Eastern edition
As Primary Nears, Connecticut GOP Sees Weak Malloy
By Joseph De Avila
August 8, 2014

"Foley has a strong lead, but primary elections are somewhat unpredictable because you aren't relying on the public, you are relying on" a party's most devoted base, said Paul Herrnson, executive director of the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research at the University of Connecticut.

Posted: Sep 02 2014


Public Attitudes About Labor Unions, 1936 -Today

Huffington Post Pollster
Public Attitudes About Labor Unions, 1936-Today
By Kathleen Weldon, Research Coordinator for the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research
August 29, 2014

Gallup has been asking the public about their approval of labor unions since 1936. Support for unions has drifted slowly downward since its early peaks. However majorities (54%) still express approval in the most recent poll.

"The public's general approval of unions has diminished, but there remains a core level of support," said Paul Herrnson, Executive Director of the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research.
Posted: Sep 02 2014


Primary campaigns cost almost $25 million

The Baltimore Sun
Primary campaigns cost almost $25 million 
By Michael Dresser
August 27, 2014

Paul Herrnson, who heads the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research at the University of Connecticut, said independent conservative groups will be watching Hogan's poll numbers and finances to decide whether to invest in the governor's race in heavily Democratic Maryland.
Posted: Aug 28 2014


Roper on WNPR News - Where We Live: This Is Your Brain on Poverty

This Is Your Brain on Poverty
By John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski, WNPR News

Guests discuss the psychology of poverty and what's being done to combat the stresses it brings on as well as the impact of noise pollution on the brain development of children in low-income communities.

  • Kathleen Weldon - Research Coordinator for the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research at UConn
  • Johannes Haushofer - Assistant Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs at Princeton University
  • Elisabeth Babcock - Chief Executive of Crittenton Women's Union
  • Kia Levey - Project Director of The New Haven MOMS Partnership
  • Erika Skoe, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor in the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences at UConn

Listen to "This is Your Brain on Poverty" now.
Posted: Aug 21 2014


Roper on WNPR News - Where We Live: Getting Frank About Political Mail

Getting Frank About Political Mail
By John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski, WNPR News

Guests discuss the topic of constituent mailing privileges, a practice called "franking."

  • Paul Herrnson - Executive Director of the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research and Professor of Political Science at the University of Connecticut
  • Clark Chapin - State Senator for Connecticut's 30th Senate District
  • Pete Sepp - President of the National Taxpayers Union

Listen to the story of "franking" now.
Posted: Aug 11 2014


Roper in the News

Connecticut Republicans Trade Barbs as Primary Nears
Joseph De Avila, Wall Street Journal
... primary elections are somewhat unpredictable because you aren't relying on the public, you are relying on" a party's most devoted base, said Paul Herrnson, executive director of the Roper Center... Read more from Paul here
Posted: Aug 08 2014


"After Legislative Defeat, Gun Owners Aim For Election Successes"

Paul Herrnson interviewed for The Hartford Courant article, "After Legislative Defeat, Gun Owners Aim For Election Successes," Mobilizing For First Statewide Vote Since Historic Gun Control Bill Enacted, by Jenny Wilson (July 28, 2014)
"gun rights issue is one that will definitely play a big role in the Republican primary. ? It is an issue that brings the activists out."
Read more of Paul's insights into the role of gun rights in the coming election.
Posted: Jul 28 2014


SAA Annual Meeting: Roper Center Presentation at the Metadata and Digital Objects Roundtable Meeting

Title: 
What are We Thinking?: Using Faceted Classification and Tagging to Enhance Subject Access to the Public Mind

Abstract: 
The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research collects, preserves, and makes available data generated in the public opinion survey research industry. We are enhancing subject access to our data by transitioning from a static topic-assignment system to one that employs faceted classification and tagging. This presentation will provide an overview of the technical and conceptual challenges the Roper Center has faced in developing and implementing a subject taxonomy for the diverse and inherently controversial public opinion domain, as well as offer tips for anyone thinking about embarking on a taxonomy project of their own.

Meeting details:
Wednesday, August 13, 5:15-7:15PM
Washington, DC


Full meeting agenda here. Follow SAA 2014 on Twitter at #saa14.
Posted: Jul 28 2014


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

The Roper Center's 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.

Posted: Jul 17 2014


ASA Poster Session: Voices of the Democracy Over 75 Years

American Sociological Association
Event 290 Research Funding Opportunities and Data Resources
Time: Sunday, August 17, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Title: Voices of the Democracy Over 75 Years
This poster will demonstrate the breadth of the polling collections archived at the Roper Center, documenting the voices of the people over more than seven decades.
Posted: Jul 17 2014


APSA - Roper Center sponsored roundtables

Bringing 75 Years of Public Opinion Data into the Classroom 
Professors have unprecedented opportunities to incorporate public opinion data into their classes. Some public opinion archives now feature online access to survey questions, frequency distributions, crosstabs, online analysis tools, and datasets. These can be invaluable when preparing lectures, classroom exercises, or student research paper assignments for a range of courses, including a basic introduction to political science or American politics, campaigns and elections, public opinion and voting behavior, and research methods. This roundtable draws on the expertise of faculty members who have used archived public opinion data in their classes and Roper Center staff who have developed the center?s archive, analysis tools, and educational support programs. Attendees will be eligible for a free trial membership with the Roper Center.

Chair:
Paul Herrnson, Executive Director of the Roper Center

Panelists:
George E. Marcus, Professor of Political Science, Williams College
Greg M. Shaw, Professor, Department of Political Science, Illinois Wesleyan University
Lois Timms-Ferrara, Associate Director, Roper Center
Marc Maynard, Technical Director, Roper Center


Using Archived Data to Study Public Opinion and American Political Development
Current public opinion polls, like news headlines, provide valuable information about politics, but historical coverage is needed to get a fuller understanding of most important issues and events. For example, one cannot fully comprehend reactions to recent voter identification laws without knowing about the 1965 Voting Rights Act and the discriminatory practices it was intended to address. Similarly, understanding the dynamics behind the party realignment on civil rights requires that scholars understand the nature of the linkages among party, economic views, and civil rights in the decades preceding the 1960s. In this panel, Adam Berinsky and Eric Schickler discuss how through weighting, recoding, and reanalyzing archived public opinion data they were able to create new insights into the forces that drive public opinion and propel American politics. Suzanne Mettler and David Mayhew will comment on the strengths and weaknesses of Berinsky?s and Schickler?s approach, reflect on its implications for research on public opinion and American political development, and discuss their own experiences and views on studying these subjects.

Chair:
Paul Herrnson, Executive Director of the Roper Center

Panelists:
2013 Mitofsky Award Winners:
Adam J. Berinsky , Professor , Department of Political Science , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Eric Schickler, Jeffrey & Ashley McDermott Professor of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley

Others:
David Mayhew, Sterling Professor of Political Science & Institute of Social and Policy Studies, Yale
Suzanne Mettler, Clinton Rossiter Professor of American Institutions, Cornell University

Posted: Jul 17 2014


Kathleen Weldon newest staff member

Kathleen WeldonKathleen Weldon is has joined the Roper Center as Research Coordinator for a new research unit that uses the rich data resources of the Center to illuminate questions about the public's views on important issues.

A graduate of Wesleyan University with a degree in English, she started her career in public opinion at Harvard designing surveys with media and foundation partners. Kathleen is a member of AAPOR and currently serves as the program planning chair for NEAPOR.

Posted: Jul 16 2014


The Civil Rights Act of 1964 Revisited

"The Civil Rights Act of 1964 Revisited" which was published in UConn Today was picked up by US Official News on July 15, 2014.  The article quotes Paul Herrnson, Executive Director of the Roper Center, and includes polling data from iPOLL Databank surveys including CBS News, CNN, Gallup Organization, Pew Research Center, New York Times, Institute for International Social Research, and USA Today.
Posted: Jul 16 2014


Ulman clears first hurdle to State House

Paul Herrnson quoted in The Baltimore Sun article, "Ulman clears first hurdle to State House" by Amanda Yeager. http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/howard/columbia/ph-ho-cf-ulman-primary-0626-20140625,0,2823413.story
Posted: Jul 07 2014


Roper Center Staff Present at IASSIST Conference

Marc Maynard, Lois Timms-Ferrara, Elise Dunham, and Cindy Teixeira of the Roper Center attended the IASSIST 2014 Conference in Toronto, June 3-6, 2014. Elise and Cindy presented on the Review and Redesign of Roper Center Infrastructure project on June 6.

Learn more about the infrastructure project here.
Posted: Jun 26 2014


Sen. Currie faces strong challenge from veteran delegate

Maryland Reporter
Sen. Currie faces strong challenge from veteran delegate
By Margaret Sessa-Hawkins
June 18, 2014

"After being censured by the General Assembly for an ethics violation, Sen. Ulysses Currie could be  particularly vulnerable to election year attacks.

But his primary challenger, Del. Melony Griffith, has decided not to dwell on this issue when she speaks about him."

Political Scientist Paul Herrnson, executive director of the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research and founder of the University of Maryland?s Center for American Politics and Citizenship, says that while Griffith?s campaign decision is commendable on a personal level, it is also smart politically.
Posted: Jun 18 2014


iPOLL Demo at AAPOR 2014, Anaheim, CA

Whether you're designing questionnaires, writing a report or an article, preparing a proposal, analyzing survey results, the iPOLL databank has something to enhance your work!

See the iPOLL feature's demo on Friday May 16, 3:15pm in the AAPOR Conference Exhibit Hall

Posted: May 05 2014


AAPOR Poster: 75 Years of Public Opinion

This poster will demonstrate the breadth of the polling collections archived at the Roper Center, documenting the voices of the people over more than seven decades. The value of this large body of opinion data lies in how researchers are able to study a multitude of issues across survey houses, question wordings, time periods and methodologies.

Where/When: Friday, May 16th at 3:15 at the Poster Session in the Exhibit Hall AAPOR 2014 Conference in Anaheim, CA

Posted: May 05 2014


Web Applications Developer Job Posting

The Roper Center seeks a Web Applications Developer to work in a collaborative team environment applying expertise and knowledge of web development and management techniques to design, develop, analyze and maintain effective web-based applications. Learn more...
Posted: Apr 29 2014


Save the Date: November 13, 2014

As a tribute to Warren Mitofsky, who was chairman of the Roper Center Board of Directors at the time of his passing, the Center has established the Warren Mitofsky Fund which will raise funds to support the Roper Center and sponsor an annual award for outstanding work utilizing the Center's archived holdings.

The 2014 Warren J. Mitofsky Award recipient?to be announced soon?will be honored at the awards dinner to be held on November 13, 2014 at the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington DC. Please plan to join us.

Learn more about the Warren J. Mitofsky Fund and Award.
Posted: Apr 29 2014


Presentation Accepted for IASSIST 2014

The International Association for Social Science Information Services & Technology has accepted Elise Dunham's and Cindy Teixeira's submission, "A Review and Redesign of Roper Center Infrastructure" for presentation at the IASSIST 2014 Conference.
Posted: Apr 29 2014


Chasing Sean Eldridge: Facebook co-founder husband's brazen run

Paul Herrnson quoted in Politico article, "Chasing Sean Eldridge: Facebook co-founder husband's brazen run." by Alex Isenstadt.  http://politi.co/1kq0CMj
Posted: Apr 28 2014


Molly Rockett Truman Scholarship Winner

Molly Rockett presenting 'Public Perception and Judicial Legitimacy' at Frontiers in Undergraduate Research at UConn.The Roper Center would like to congratulate Molly Rockett, recipient of the Roper Award for Research Experience (RARE), on being chosen by the Harry S Truman Scholarship Foundation as one of 59 outstanding college students from across the country. Students are nominated for this scholarship by their institution and selected on the basis of how they are likely to serve as future "change agents" who aspire to become leaders in the public sector where they can influence public policies and change public programs.

Molly and Faculty Mentor Professor Virginia Hettinger, Political Science, won the RARE Award for "Public Perception and Judicial Legitimacy" based on data from the Roper Center archive.  They used the DRI National Poll on the Civil Justice System to explore public perceptions of the judicial decision-making process and poll respondents? assessments of firsthand experiences (as litigants, jurors, or witnesses) with the legal system. Molly presented her research recently at the University of Connecticut forum, Frontiers in Undergraduate Research.

Learn about Roper Award for Research Experience (RARE) at: http://ugradresearch.uconn.edu/get-research-funding/rare-awards/

Posted: Apr 17 2014




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