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Inaugural Poll Finds Economy Is Tennesseans’ Top Priority
Posted By kirkwoj On April 15, 2011 @ 9:48 am In Spring 2011, The Campus | No Comments
The Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions undertook its first Vanderbilt poll with support from Peabody College and with The Tennessean newspaper as a media partner.
“We plan to take periodic readings of the opinions of Tennessee citizens on key state and national issues, thereby informing the broader debates over public policy,” says John G. Geer, Distinguished Professor of Political Science.
A variety of questions related to state and national politics were asked. Topics included the economy, job approval ratings for elected officials, campaign finances, immigration and health-care reform. A subset of questions focused on education.
The poll was conducted between Jan. 17 and Jan. 23 through statewide random telephone surveys. A total of 710 Tennessee adults responded with a margin of error at plus or minus 3.7 percent.
Geer and Joshua D. Clinton, associate professor of political science, served as co-directors of the poll, supervising the collection and analysis of the data. They were assisted by Research Associate Adam Levine, associate director of the poll. The survey was conducted by the Survey Research Shared Resource at Vanderbilt University.
Among the poll’s scientifically measured findings:
The Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, housed within Vanderbilt’s College of Arts and Science under the leadership of Dean Carolyn Dever, supports research on questions central to the survival and flourishing of democratic institutions.
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