Incumbents with Advantage While Presidential Approval Remains Low
With less than eight weeks before the election, Iowa’s congressional incumbents are faring well. With two of the state’s four seats lacking an incumbent running for re-election, this year is unique. poll results. click here for cross-tabs.
Branstad with Strong Lead Over Hatch, Loras College Poll Finds
Incumbent Republican Governor Terry Branstad has opened a sizeable lead over his Democratic opponent, State Senator Jack Hatch. Click the link aboev to learn more about the post-Labor Day Loras College Poll of the gubernatorial race in Iowa results. poll results. click here for cross-tabs.
Braley with Edge Over Ernst, Loras College Poll Finds
Democratic Congressman Bruce Braley holds a 4.8 percent edge over Republican State Senator Joni Ernst in one of the key races for control of the U.S. Senate. poll results. click here for cross-tabs.
Listen to Dr. Chris Budzisz on IowaWatch Connection Radio
Loras College Associate Professor of Politics and Director of the Loras College Poll Dr. Chris Budzisz recently discussed the political climate on The IowaWatch Connection, a weekly, statewide news and public affairs radio program. click here to listen to the segment
Watch the Loras College Poll on IPTV
Dr. Christopher Budzisz, associate professor of politics and director of the Loras Coll Poll appeared as a special guest on Iowa Public Television's Iowa Press. During the segment, Budzisz discussed the 2014 elections and key races across the state. click here to watch the segment
June 2014 Complete Results
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Democratic Contender Clinton Tops Republican Field, Presidential Approval and Direction of Country Mirror National Averages, Loras College Poll Finds
The Loras College Poll released results today of a survey measuring early support in the 2016 Presidential Election. Iowa’s traditional first-in-the-nation status in selecting nominees, and the level of party competition between Democrats and Republicans in the general election, makes the state the focus of national and international attention in presidential politics. poll results
Ernst and Branstad Emerge With Early Leads, Loras College Poll Finds
The Loras College Poll released results today of the first post-primary statewide survey of likely voters. Coming on the heels of Tuesday’s June 3 primary, the Loras College Poll asked likely voters statewide about their general election preferences for U.S. Senate and Governor. poll results
Blum Expands Lead in GOP 1st District Congressional Primary, Loras College Poll Shows
The Loras College Poll released results Wednesday showing Dubuque businessman Rod Blum expanding his lead for the Republican nomination in the 1st Congressional District. With two weeks to go, Blum has a roughly 2-to-1 advantage on Cedar Rapids businessman Steve Rathje in the current Loras College Poll. The other official candidate in the Republican race, Gail Boliver, is a distant third. poll results
Murphy Pushes Ahead in Democratic 1st District Congressional Primary, Loras College Poll Shows
The Loras College Poll released results Wednesday showing State Representative Pat Murphy with a sizeable lead over the rest of the Democratic field of candidates vying for the nomination in the 1st Congressional District. With roughly two weeks to go in the five-person race, Murphy has expanded his lead since the last Loras Poll in April. poll results
In Crowded GOP 3rd Congressional District Field, Zaun Leads but Convention Selection Increasingly Likely, Loras College Poll Shows
The Loras College Poll released results Tuesday showing a largely static race in the District 3 GOP Primary. With a crowded field of candidates, time running out before the June 3 primary, and no one candidate emerging as the presumptive outright favorite, the prospects for a convention to choose the nominee are increasing. As in the April Loras College Poll, State Senator Brad Zaun is leading the pack, but remains well below the 35 percent threshold required to decide the nomination in the primary. poll results
Miller-Meeks Ahead in 2nd Congressional District Primary, Loras College Poll Shows
The Loras College Poll released results Monday showing a strong lead for the now three-time congressional candidate Dr. Marianette Miller-Meeks in the District 2 GOP Primary. In the previous Loras College poll in early April, Dr. Miller-Meeks led 17 percent to 11 percent in a race that was still forming. poll results
Strong Support to Keep Traditional Marriage in Iowa Republican Party Platform, Loras College Poll Finds
The Loras College Poll released results today of a survey including the high-profile issue of the definition of marriage. Given recent events with the marriage plank of the GOP platform at the April 1st Congressional District Convention, the Loras College Poll asked likely primary voters statewide whether they supported alteration to the party’s platform on marriage. poll results.
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PUBLIC OPINION SURVEY CENTER
The Loras Public Opinion Survey Center was established in spring 2014 by an anonymous donor as part of the college’s $75 million capital campaign, Inspiring Lives and Leadership: the Loras Legacy. Through the Center, the Loras College Poll will be conducted several times each year with surveys focused on elections, as well as other political and social issues of interest. The Iowa Presidential Caucuses will be a regular focus of the center. As part of the Survey Center, students are involved in all aspects of the research process.
Loras College students work with the survey research team to develop questions, analyze and interpret the data, and assist with sharing the final results with local, regional and national media. The Loras College Poll is overseen by Christopher Budzisz, Ph.D., associate professor of political science, and Matt Rissler, Ph.D., professor of mathematics. In addition, Republican campaign consultant, Steve Grubbs, and Democrat campaign consultant, Dave Heller, provide consulting and feedback on script development and methodology
Christopher Budzisz, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Politics
Director of the Loras College Poll
Budzisz joined the Loras College Politics program in 2000, with teaching emphasis on constitutional law, American government and institutions, political philosophy, as well as elections and political behavior. As a 2007 Fulbright Scholar, Budzisz taught in the International Relations Faculty at Chernivtsi National University in Chernivtsi, Ukraine. He has been published in PS: Political Science and Politics, and in the edited volume Engaging the Public: How Government and the Media Can Reinvigorate American Democracy. Beyond his teaching and research interests, Budzisz is director and coach of the Loras College Moot Court program. He is also a past winner of the Mike and Linda Budde Excellence in Teaching Award.
Matt Rissler, Ph.D.,
Associate Professor of Mathematics
Dr. Rissler’s mathematical interests lie with modeling systems via agent-based methods; this touches on differential equations and stochastic systems. Of the many applications, he prefers the biological or political ones. He likes to teach useful math, so he teaches Statistics and Calculus often. Dr. Rissler also teaches a fun Math of Politics course in J-term. In his free time, he enjoys Ultimate Frisbee and used to be really good, competing at Club Nationals in 2003 and 2004.
The following Loras College students work with the survey research team to develop questions, analyze and interpret the data, and assist with sharing the final results with local, regional and national media:
Melissa Ekins (’15) | Lisle, IL | Spanish and Sociology
Gabriela Herrera (’15) |Evergreen Park, IL | Psychology and Politics
Gerard Huguelet (’15) | Frankfort, IL | Finance and Management
Megan Horst (’14) | Vinton, IA | English, Politics and International Studies
Riley Kilburg (’15) |Bellevue, IA | Politics, Spanish and International Studies
Patrick Krieger (’15) | St. Paul, MN | Politics and Finance
Mary McClure (’14) | Grayslake, IL | Social Work
Caroline Rainey (’15) | Cedar Rapids, IA | International Studies and Politics