Your Opinion Does Matter to Loras College ... Especially Now
Becker, Stacey, Telegraph - Herald (Dubuque)
Loras College is on the verge of entering the nonpartisan public opinion poll world.
Thanks to an anonymous donor, Loras has established the Public Opinion Survey Center, which will conduct periodic professional polls on political and social questions.
The first statewide Loras College Poll of the races in Iowa's June primary election is being conducted now. The poll also includes questions about Iowa's caucuses. "We hope a poll of the caucuses becomes synonymous with Loras College," said Chris Budzisz, Loras professor of politics.
He said that distinction might lead to national attention that increases student interest in the Catholic liberal arts college.
Conducted several times per year, the poll will measure public opinion on societal matters as well as issues surrounding state and federal governments, including ballot tests on key election issues. Budzisz, who oversees the ad hoc program, said the Loras poll aims to be the one to which people turn.
Loras faculty and student researchers will work with a survey research team to develop poll questions, analyze and interpret data and assist with sharing the final results with media.
Republican campaign consultant Steve Grubbs and Democrat campaign consultant Dave Heller will provide consulting and feedback on script development and methodology. Matt Rissler, professor of mathematics at Loras, will provide oversight on the methodology. …