The Marist Institute for Public Opinion

March 27, 2009 by  
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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!


16 Responses to “The Marist Institute for Public Opinion”

  1. No Recovery in Paterson’s Poll Numbers - City Room Blog - on September 16th, 2009 12:05 pm

    [...] in 2010, including two-thirds of Democrats,” said Lee M. Miringoff, the director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion. “His own party, right now, wants him out of the [...]

  2. alan luoto on October 8th, 2009 3:30 pm

    Concerning your “most annoying” poll – I can’t imagine why “on the ground” didn’t take the grand prize…? All forms of media, media spokespersons, politicians and political hacks have adopted this phrase for interviews, in order to appear informed, current, and intelligent. It was originated by military PR to represent the actual number of troops “on the ground” in a combat zone, it is now used to refer to anyone, in any position, anywhere, for any purpose. Whatever……

  3. The Dumbest 26% in America « The Hoosier Slant on July 5th, 2010 5:45 pm

    [...] July 5, 2010 · Leave a Comment No doubt most of the 26% who figure the 4th of July is nothing more than a summer season halftime show complete with fireworks and picnics voted for Obama. Twenty-six percent of those surveyed did not know that the United States achieved its independence from Great Britain, according to the poll, conducted by the nonprofit Marist Institute for Public Opinion. [...]

  4. Michael Honan on June 10th, 2011 8:28 am

    In reading the papers concerning the Marist Poll results for Anthony Weiner, I was wondering how many people were actually polled. My community, Rockaway Park, is part of the Congressman`s district and I do not know of any of my neighbors or my family that were contacted for the poll. If the poll was limited to the small demographics of Kew Gardens, the results are definitely skewed.

  5. Mary Azzoli on June 10th, 2011 12:49 pm

    @Michael… We interviewed 512 randomly selected adult residents within Congressman’s Weiner’s entire district. Using an RDD (random digit dial) methodoly, phone numbers from telephone exchanges in New York’s 9th Congressional District were generated by a computer. So, it’s only by chance that you were not called…you and all of your fellow district constituents were in the pool of people to possibly be contacted. You can read more about the study’s methodology here:

  6. Happy July 4th: What America Doesn't Know About Its on June 30th, 2011 1:24 pm

    [...] A 2010 poll asked the most basic of questions about the nation’s history — “From which country did the United States win its independence?” — is either good news or bad news, depending on your expectations: 26% were not able to cite Great Britain, and 6% named a different country (France, China, Japan, Mexico or Spain, for example).Oh–and there were huge regional variations in the levels of ignorance: 32% of Southerners got it wrong, 26% of Midwesterners, 25% of Westerners and 16% of Northeasterners…happily I hail from that well-known bastion of lefty-thinking, Massachusetts! [...]

  7. Judy Zemien on December 23rd, 2011 4:37 pm

    Saw the list of most annoying words—I would think that amazing and awesome should also be on it –Also probably they have become the most overused—-

  8. Public Opinion Polls (Aired on November 2, 2012) : RadioRotary on November 3rd, 2012 7:41 pm

    [...] More Marist Polls Marist College Fundamentals of Polling Did you like this? Share it: November 2, 2012 · [...]

  9. Denis Faubert on April 3rd, 2013 8:32 am

    As a political science major and graduate from FSU, I find your poll regarding 60% of Americans want stricter gun control, including bans on so called assault weapons very, very, hard to believe. Just days and weeks before polls where waning to around 47% and never was any poll showing 60% of Americans wished to ban so called assault weapons? Absolutely amazing? How did you poll, who did you poll (i.e liberal democrats, or republicans) what states did you poll, what gender did you poll? I leave you with the following quotes to ponder….:

    “Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play.”
    ― Joseph Goebbels
    “The bigger the lie, the more people will believe it.”
    ― Joseph Goebbels,

  10. Stephanie on October 1st, 2013 3:19 pm

    I was wondering how the NCAA sports poll conducted from Mar. 4-7, 2013, was conducted. By phone (RDD) or was it an online survey?

  11. Alicia Buhse on October 8th, 2013 5:14 pm
  12. wayne nelson on December 20th, 2013 11:13 pm

    for the most annoying poll, how about “Seriously?” or “Really?”

  13. Paul Reid on December 23rd, 2013 10:56 am

    The most annoying word should have been “so” which is now used as the framing first word in response to any question one can imagine. It is the new “Hey “

  14. Rachel moler on September 7th, 2015 7:48 am

    I have never met anyone who has been polled, and not sure how they come up with these results that they report on the news about percentages in the presidential race. I live right between Baltimore and Washingon DC so I’m not in the middle of nowhere.

  15. Ward Canfield on July 20th, 2016 9:08 am

    No poll should be taken seriously as raw percents only. To mean anything serious polls should mention methodology in taking the poll and include confidence intervals, margins of error. There are any number of biases that could be there, otherwise, and that is why raw percentages by themselves are virtually worthless. This includes the recent “poll” of 51% approval of Obama. This is so unlikely in a true random sample of sufficient size and an honest margin of error.

    So many people are gullible by these raw percentage claims.

  16. Poll: Most Americans have low expectations of incoming first lady Melania Trump | NigerianTell on December 15th, 2016 6:51 pm

    [...] there has been a sense of presence – by her own choosing,” said Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion in New York, which conducted the survey. “She hasn’t really shown she is going to approach that [...]

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