Who We Are
The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, home of The Marist Poll, is a survey research center at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York which regularly measures public opinion at the local, state, and national level. Founded in 1978, the Institute was the first college-based research center to include undergraduates in conducting survey research. Today, The Marist Poll is proud to have nearly 300 students on its team each semester.
The academic mission of The Marist Poll remains the central tenet of its endeavors. What began as a classroom project with one hundred students conducting an Election Day exit poll of Dutchess County, New York has blossomed into a widely known, state-of-the-art survey research center and a one of a kind educational opportunity for students. Over its more than nearly 40 year history, thousands of Marist College students have participated in polling, workshops, courses and seminars, field trips, and internships.
The success of The Marist Poll is recognized worldwide by journalists and academics. For its work during the 2016 presidential election, The Marist Poll was rated number one for accuracy by Bloomberg Politics, and along with its battleground state polling partners -- NBC News and The Wall Street Journal -- The Marist Poll also received an “A+” rating from Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight.
The highly respected Marist Poll is often cited by journalists around the globe and is the preeminent source of analysis for public opinion research. The Marist Poll regularly works with media partners to conduct scientific public opinion polls on issues and elections. Partners have included NPR, NBC News, The Wall Street Journal, Telemundo, McClatchy, the PBS NewsHour, and Yahoo News. The Marist Poll also collaborates with local and regional news organizations to measure elections and key issues facing residents.
The Marist Poll’s unprecedented media partnerships provide Marist College students and the public with a front row seat to the dialogue of the day.
In addition to these partnerships, The Marist Poll teams with the Marist College Center for Sports Communication and HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel to gauge Americans’ attitudes toward some of the most pressing topics in the world of sports. The Marist Poll has worked with NY1 News, YNN, WCBS-880, and The Daily News. The Marist Poll is often cited on CNN, FOX Business News, FOX, CBS, NBC, ABC, and their affiliates around the country, Politico, Real Clear Politics, the National Journal’s “The Hotline,” Hot Air, and The Huffington Post. Additionally, major newspapers across the nation, including USA Today, and The New York Times regularly quote the poll. Survey findings have also been prominently featured on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel Live! Marist surveys cover topics ranging from politics, the economy, life, sports, and technology.
Dedicated to adhering to the standards of and advancing the understanding of public opinion polls, The Marist Poll was accepted as a Charter Member of the American Association of Public Opinion Research’s Transparency Initiative in 2014.
Meet The Team
Stephanie Calvano is The Marist Poll’s Director of Data Management and Technology. She received her B.A. in Communications/Public Relations from Marist College and her M.S. in Management, Sports Industries from the University of New Haven. A Marist Poll alum, Stephanie manages data processing and coordinates Marist Poll projects. She also is involved in data analysis, questionnaire design, and manages polling technology.
Barbara L. Carvalho is the Director of The Marist Poll. She oversees the design, analysis, and communication of Marist Poll research projects and results. Barbara received her Ph.D. in political science from Fordham University. She is a trustee of the National Council of Public Polls. She has developed and directed studies at the national, state, and community levels — for government, private, and non-profit organizations.
Daniela Charter is the Director of the Survey Center and Education Services at The Marist Poll. She received both her B.A. in Political Science and M.A. in Public Administration from Marist College. Daniela heads the survey center at The Marist Poll. She oversees the training and supervision of nearly 300 student interviewers and supervisors and leads the development of The Marist Poll Academy. She is also an adjunct professor for the Political Science Department at Marist College.
Mike Conte is the Director of Research and Data Analysis at The Marist Poll. He received both his B.A. in Business Marketing and his M.B.A. from Marist College. Mike works closely with both the Director of the Survey Center and the Director of Data Management to coordinate the Poll’s data collection and analysis operations. A Marist Poll alum, he has held a number of different positions within the Institute, including Survey Interviewer, Polling Assistant, Graduate Assistant, as well as his current position. Mike’s love of politics and admiration for The Marist Poll’s national reputation for accuracy made him jump at the chance to continue working for the Institute when the opportunity arose.
Jay DeDapper is the Director of Innovation at The Marist Poll. He earned his M.S. in Journalism from Northwestern University and his B.A. in Communication Studies from University of California at Santa Barbara. Jay is a 3x startup founder, media entrepreneur, and investor. Prior to his startup career, Jay worked for 22 years in television news reporting from around the world for WABC and WNBC in New York. Jay’s storytelling skills and innovative production led to dozens of awards including the national Cronkite Award, a dozen Emmys, and scores of local citations.
Mary Elena Azzoli Griffith is The Marist Poll’s Director of Media Initiatives and Polling News. Mary received her B.A. in Communication and Media Studies from Fordham University. She is a former producer at WNBC-TV where she worked on such shows as “Weekend Today in New York,” “News4You,” and “TrendBreakers.” Mary’s contributions to WNBC earned her three New York Emmy Award nominations. She currently oversees The Marist Poll’s multimedia platforms, including the Poll’s press outreach, broadcast operations, video production, website, and social media endeavors. She also co-teaches a course in Political Communications with MIPO’s director, Dr. Lee M. Miringoff.
Hannah Kirk is the Survey Operations Manager at The Marist Poll. She received her B.A. in Communications with a concentration in Journalism from Marist College. Following her graduation in 2020, she joined the team full time to manage the Survey Center and its over 300 student interviewers and supervisors. Hannah began her time at the Poll as a student interviewer in 2016 and went on to hold nearly every position available to students. She was also the 2020 recipient of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion Excellence Award.
Lee M. Miringoff is the Director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion. Lee received his Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the former President of the National Council of Public Polls (NCPP) and a current member of the Board of Trustees. He is also a trustee of the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research. Lee is a frequent commentator on politics and elections and is often quoted in print and digital media. Lee has appeared regularly on television and radio as an expert on public opinion, politics, and polling. He frequently blogs and tweets on these topics as well. Polling and politics? Sure, but Lee reports his major passion as pigskins… NY Giants, of course.
Cassie Schaaf is The Marist Poll's Administrative Coordinator. She received a B.A. in English Literature and another in Fine Arts from Marist College, and her M.S.T. in Teaching from SUNY New Paltz. Cassie currently oversees office operations, event coordination, and finance. She also assists with editing The Marist Poll's podcast, Poll Hub.
Working With Us
In addition to its public projects, The Marist Poll also offers a full array of services for private, non-profit, and public sector clients. The Marist Poll does not, however, conduct research for political parties or candidates for elective office.
Through its global quantitative and qualitative research, The Marist Poll offers a wide variety of services which, in turn, allow its clients to build efficient and effective policies, programs, communication strategies, and marketing initiatives. The Marist Poll can take a project from study design through the final reporting and presentation or provide expertise in specific areas where it is most needed.
The Marist Poll has a proven track record for providing accurate, timely, independent, and cost-effective data for a variety of private, non-profit, and public sector clients.
For more information about The Marist Poll’s services, please visit our Client Services page.