The Marist Institute for Public Opinion (MIPO) is a survey research center at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York. Founded in 1978, MIPO is home to the Marist Poll and regularly measures public opinion at the local, state, and national level. The Marist Poll is highly respected and is often cited by journalists and analysts around the globe.
Marist isn’t your grandfather’s polling institute. Surveys run the gamut. Topics include politics, money, family, spirituality, mind and body, sports, entertainment, and much more!
The Marist Poll is unique. It was the first college-based survey center in the nation to involve undergraduates in conducting survey research. It’s been over 30 years and still counting. Students participate in each and every survey conducted. Their experiences allow them to weave political science, computing, communications, marketing, and psychology into an interdisciplinary learning experience. Student employment, internships, conferences, and seminars with leading journalists, pollsters and government officials can all be found at MIPO!
Are you interested in becoming a member of MIPO’s incredibly talented team of student interviewers? Positions are available. All applicants must be registered Marist College students and must be available to work evenings. Students are paid $7.60 an hour to start and work approximately four to six hours per week. Don’t worry about experience! We provide the training, and college work study is not required. The Marist Poll is located in Fontaine Hall.
For more information, contact Daniela Charter at extension 3663 or email Daniela through our contact page.
There’s a team of talented professionals at The Marist Poll. Meet the people behind the numbers!
Jaime Lynne Bishop
Jaime Lynne Bishop is MIPO’s Administrative Coordinator. She received her BA in Psychology and Philosophy from Binghamton University and her MS in Environmental Education from The State University of New York College at Cortland. Jaime Lynne assists MIPO staff in many aspects of the survey process. In her free time, she enjoys playing competitive soccer, running local Hudson Valley trails, and spending quality time with her family. She is a fanatic JETS fan, and rumor has it, she bleeds green.
Stephanie Calvano is MIPO’s Director of Data Management. She received her BA in Communications/Public Relations from Marist College and her MS in Management of Sports Industries from the University of New Haven. Stephanie coordinates MIPO projects and manages polling technology. A MIPO alum, Stephanie is an avid baseball and Yankees fan. She interned at the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003 where Stephanie experienced baseball’s birthplace firsthand. The highlight — meeting former New York Yankees Hall of Fame Catcher Yogi Berra.
Barbara L. Carvalho
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. The beach beckons Barbara, but only if the invitation includes her two beloved pooches, Soji and Noodles!
Daniela Charter is MIPO’s Survey Operations Manager. She received both her BA in Political Science and MA in Public Administration from Marist College. She currently oversees data collection at MIPO’s survey center including the training and supervision of interviewers. Daniela a MIPO alum, is currently grooming her eight year old daughter, Sky, to someday be a Marist Poll Interviewer!
Mary Griffith is MIPO’s Director of Interactive Media Systems. She received her BA in Communication and Media Studies from Fordham University. Mary is a former producer at WNBC-TV where she worked on such shows as “Weekend Today in New York,” “News4You,” and “TrendBreakers.” Mary currently oversees MIPO’s multimedia platforms. A wannabe dancer at heart, Mary is crossing her fingers for another Broadway strike. Maybe, then, she’ll be able to tap dance her way onto the Great White Way!
Natalie M. Jackson
Natalie Jackson is MIPO’s Senior Analyst. She received her PhD in political science from the University of Oklahoma, and before joining the Marist Poll held a postdoctoral position at Duke University working for the Duke Initiative on Survey Methodology. Natalie has worked in survey research conducting surveys and consulting on projects for academic, government, and private researchers since starting graduate school. She is active in the American Association for Public Opinion Research, the American Political Science Association, and several regional academic associations. Academic research and conferences, especially on the methodology and psychology of political opinion, attract Natalie like a fly to honey. She is a native Texan, often entertaining coworkers with Southern idioms and tales, but if you insult her beloved Dallas Cowboys that Texas charm turns to sass in a New York minute.
Sue Kenney McCulloch
Sue Kenney McCulloch is MIPO’s Senior Research Associate. With expertise in survey methodology as well as qualitative research, Sue has designed and managed a multitude of studies for a wide range of both public and private sector clients. A MIPO alum, Sue received her Ph.D. in Survey Methodology at the University of Maryland. Sue also holds an MA in Survey Research from UCONN. By the way, if you’re looking to do a focus group or survey in Thailand, be sure to contact Sue – she’s just dying to satisfy her travel bug that seems to take her around the world!
Lee M. Miringoff
Lee M. Miringoff is the director of the Marist 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. He has appeared regularly on television and radio as an expert on public opinion, politics, and polling. Polling and politics? Sure, but Lee reports his major passion as pigskins… NY Giants, of course.
Alicia Colomer is MIPO’s Research Associate. A Marist alum, Alicia holds an MBA as well as her BS in Business from Marist College. Prior to The Marist Poll, Alicia worked at Mitofsky International and Edison Media Research as Director of Subscriber Sales for the National Election Pool’s Exit Poll. Originally from Brooklyn New York, Alicia enjoys travelling to the city to visit family, friends and her beloved New York Mets.
Jared Goldman is MIPO’s Senior Writer and Web Editor. Jared has spent several years in the world of digital media, where he has worked as an editor, writer and producer for news Web sites. Jared has a BA in English from Amherst College and an MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Jared is currently working on his Ph.D. in psychology.
John Sparks is Senior Editor for the Marist Poll website. John is a seasoned reporter, producer, executive producer and managing editor who has worked in newsrooms across the country. John spent more than 20 years at WFAA-TV in Dallas, Texas where he held the positions of news producer, executive sports director, executive news producer, election and political producer, and director of special projects. John also acted as managing editor at KDFW-TV in Dallas and as managing editor and director of new media at KXAS-TV before moving to New York where he worked as executive producer of investigation and political coverage for WNBC-TV. While in New York, he won the Cronkite Award for Excellence in Political Reporting. John’s deep Texas roots called him back home where he was executive producer of investigations and political coverage for KTVT-TV in Dallas/Fort Worth. Sparks received his B.A. in Radio-TV-Film from the University of Texas at Austin and his M.A. in Journalism from the University of North Texas. A life-long Yankee baseball fan, he has been working on a knuckleball in hopes that Girardi will call if Rivera falters.