RECENT NEWS

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

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.

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.


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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 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