RECENT NEWS

Clinton Maintains Lead, New Loras College Poll Shows

1/22/2016
 
With the 2016 Iowa precinct caucuses only ten days away, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton maintains a strong lead over her nearest rival, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, according to the newest Loras College Poll. The statewide poll of 500 likely voters in the Democratic caucus was conducted Jan. 13-18. toplines and crosstabs


Trump and Cruz Deadlocked, with Rubio a Distant Third, Loras College Poll Finds

1/21/2016

With 11 days to go before the 2016 Iowa Caucuses, real estate mogul Donald Trump and Texas Senator Ted Cruz are deadlocked at the top of the latest Loras College Poll. The two candidates have distanced themselves from the rest of the field, with Florida Senator Marco Rubio the only other candidate receiving double-digit support among likely Republican caucus voters.  The statewide live-caller poll was conducted Jan. 13-18.  Trump and Cruz were also at the top of the December Loras Poll.  toplines and cross tabs


Clinton Remains with Strong Lead, New Loras College Poll Finds

12/15/2015

With the 2016 Iowa precinct caucuses only seven weeks away, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton continues to hold a strong lead over her nearest rival, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in the statewide Loras College poll of 501 likely Democratic caucus voters conducted December 7-10. toplines and cross tabs


Cruz Tops Trump, Loras College Poll Finds
12/14/2015
With seven weeks to go before the 2016 Iowa Caucuses, Texas Senator Ted Cruz has emerged as the leader of the crowded Republican field. Real estate mogul Donald Trump finds himself in second, with retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson and Florida Senator Marco Rubio the only other candidates with double-digit support as a first choice. Jeb Bush rounds out the top five and is the only other candidate whose support reaches outside the poll’s margin of error, in the latest poll conducted December 7-10. toplines and cross tabs

Clinton Extends Lead over Sanders, Loras College Poll Finds
10/27/2015
Coming through a particularly busy week in Democratic presidential politics, Hillary Clinton has opened a sizeable advantage over her nearest rival in Iowa: Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. With less than 100 days before the 2016 Iowa Caucuses, Clinton appears to be gaining some momentum and is solidifying her position in the battle for the Democratic Party’s nomination, according to a Loras College poll conducted October 19-22. toplines and cross tabs

Carson Breaks Out, Trump and Rubio Round out Top Three, Loras College Poll Finds
10/26/2015
With less than 100 days before the 2016 Iowa Caucuses, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson has surged to a lead over real estate mogul Donald Trump and the rest of the field. Trump stands in second, while Florida Senator Marco Rubio is in third place and is the only other candidate with double-digit support as a first choice candidate. toplines and cross tabs

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

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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:

  • Juanita Vivas Bastidas ('17)
  • Emily Day ('17)
  • Peter Fricano ('17)
  • Blake Gibney ('15)
  • Rachel Kilburg ('18)
  • Rachel Kula ('17)
  • Kathryn O'Brien ('18)
  • Kaitlin Phillips ('16)