Any book, especially an edited one like this, is the product of many people. I want to thank the contributors to this volume. They agreed to come aboard before I had a contract in hand or even a publisher interested.
In an age when the bottom line decides many publishing decisions, even for university presses, I greatly want to thank Stanford University Press for its willingness to publish this volume and for seeing the academic value of compiling the best in the way of research on state-level public opinion. Stanford’s editor, Amanda Moran, and the assistant editor, Jared Smith, ably steered us through the publication process, as did the rest of the production staff. Special mention must be made of Amanda’s support and wise council on this project, which was also invaluable.
I also want to thank Fordham University, especially my department chair, Bruce Berg; the dean of the faculty, Dominic Balestra; and the dean of the graduate school, Nancy Busch, for their personal support, a good working environment, financial support, and release time to finish this manuscript. The Office of Research also provided some funding to help see this project through.
Finally, I want to thank my wife for putting up with me with more good humor than I deserve.