RECENT NEWS

Clinton Leads but Sanders Gains, Loras College Poll Finds
9/2/2015
Hillary Clinton continues to hold a sizeable advantage over her nearest rivals according to the new Loras College Poll released today. The news is not all positive for Clinton, however, as her level of support has decreased since the last Loras Poll in April.  Perhaps more importantly, the latest poll shows the support for her nearest rival, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, has risen dramatically.
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Trump and Carson on Top, Loras College Poll Finds
9/1/2015
With five months to go before the 2016 Iowa Caucuses, a pair of unconventional candidates top the large Republican field. For the 502 likely Republican caucus-goers polled statewide, billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson are leading the field by a relatively wide margin. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is in a distant third place, and is the only other candidate with double-digit support as a first choice candidate. toplines and cross tabs

Clinton Well Ahead, Warren and Biden Round out Top Three, Loras College Poll Finds
4/29/2015
Hillary Clinton continues to run well ahead of the field according to the new Loras College Poll released today that surveyed 1,000 likely caucus participants across Iowa. Within that total sample, 501 indicated they would be participating in the Republican caucus, with 491 indicating they would participate in the Democratic caucus. toplines and cross tabs

Walker, Rubio and Bush Top Three, Loras College Poll Finds
4/28/2015
With the 2016 presidential race heating up following the recent announcements from several candidates, the Loras College Poll has found Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker leads a crowded field while Florida Senator Marco Rubio and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush round out the top three. toplines and cross tabs

Majority Supports Gas Tax Increase to Fund Roads, Loras College Poll Finds
One of the highest profile issues in the current Iowa legislative session is the proposed increase to the state’s gas tax. The proposed increase is intended to fund state highways and infrastructure and comes as the price of gasoline is at the lowest it has been in years. cross tabs.

Clinton Leader in Democratic Field of Possible Presidential Candidates, Ahead of Warren and Biden, Loras College Poll Finds
1/31/2015
A year away from the 2016 Iowa caucuses—and without any official candidates—the Democratic field of potential candidates is led by Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Senator Elizabeth Warren and Vice-President Joe Biden trail well behind and round out the top three. cross tabs. toplines.

With Romney Out, Loras College Poll Finds Huckabee Leads Bush and Carson in a Competitive Republican Field
1/30/2015
With the 2016 Iowa Caucuses a little over a year away, and no major candidates yet officially declared, the Loras College Poll finds a crowded and competitive Republican presidential field. Familiar names top the field, with 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney and past Iowa Caucus winner Mike Huckabee receiving the most support. However, Romney indicated in a conference call today that he will not pursue the GOP nomination. cross tabs. toplines.

Braley and Ernst Locked in Tight Race, Branstad Cruising
10/29/2014
The final Loras College Poll of the 2014 Election shows that Iowa’s intensely watched U.S. Senate race remains a toss-up. Congressman Bruce Braley, the Democratic candidate, has edged into a one-point lead with a week to go. poll results

Young and Blum ahead in tight race, Loras College Poll finds
10/27/2014
With the 2014 congressional elections in the homestretch, the two open seats in Iowa remain close contests according to the latest Loras College Poll conducted October 21-24, 2014. These new results show David Young and Rod Blum posting slight leads in their contests in the Third and First Congressional Districts, respectively. poll results

Branstad maintains big lead, Loras College Poll finds
10/7/2014
Incumbent Republican Governor Terry Branstad maintains his sizeable lead over his Democratic opponent, State Senator Jack Hatch. The first October Loras College Poll of the gubernatorial race in Iowa yielded the following result: poll results. cross tabs.

Loras College Poll finds Braley and Ernst tied, majority support military action against Islamic State with most skeptical of the strategy’s success
10/6/2014
With less than a month to go, the race to replace retiring U.S. Senator Tom Harkin is all tied up according to the results of the new Loras College Poll released today. The first October Loras College Poll of the U.S. Senate race in Iowa yielded the following results. poll results.

Incumbents with Advantage While Presidential Approval Remains Low
9/10/2014
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
9/9/2014
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
9/8/2014
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


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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, Brian Dumas, 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.


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
  • Riley Kilburg (’15) |Bellevue, IA | Politics, Spanish and International Studies
  • Caroline Rainey (’15) | Cedar Rapids, IA | International Studies and Politics