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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
6/9/2014
Please click the link above for the complete June 2014 poll results.

Democratic Contender Clinton Tops Republican Field, Presidential Approval and Direction of Country Mirror National Averages, Loras College Poll Finds
6/9/2014
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
6/6/2014
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
5/21/2014
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
5/21/2014
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
5/20/2014
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
5/19/2014
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
5/19/2014
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.

Ernst Clear Frontrunner in Iowa GOP U.S. Senate Primary Race, Loras College
Poll Shows

5/15/2014
The Loras College Poll released results Thursday showing a substantial lead for State Senator Joni Ernst in the U.S. Senate GOP primary, with 29 percent remaining undecided with less than three weeks to go.  In the previous Loras College poll in early April, Ernst and Mark Jacobs were tied. poll results

Republicans Give Branstad High Marks and Primary Voters Focused on Economic Issues, Loras College Poll Finds
4/17/2014
The Loras College Poll released the final results of its inaugural poll, showing that Governor Terry Branstad enjoys widespread support among likely GOP primary voters. The poll also reveals that Republican primary voters focus more on economic issues than social or defense/foreign policy when making their choice of nominee for Senate and Congress, and receive most of their news from traditional sources. 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.

 

FACULTY ADVISORS


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 also served as a visiting lecturer at Odessa National Economic University in Odessa, 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.


STUDENT RESEARCHERS


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