Frank Newport, Ph.D., is Editor in Chief at Gallup. He is coauthor of Winning the White House 2008: The Gallup Poll, Public Opinion and the Presidency and author of Polling Matters: Why Leaders Must Listen to the Wisdom of the People. He is coauthor with Stuart Rothenberg of The Evangelical Voter and coeditor of The Gallup Poll: Public Opinion 2004-2009. His articles and op-ed pieces have appeared in the American Sociological Review, Public Opinion Quarterly, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and many other publications. Dr. Newport is 2010-2011 president of the American Association for Public Opinion Research. He is also vice-president of the National Council on Public Polls and serves on the Board of Directors for the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research. He has served on the University of Michigan Program in Survey Methodology External Advisory Committee. Dr. Newport is a frequent guest on radio and television programs, discussing public opinion and the collective views of the American people. His weekly radio show "What Are We Thinking?" is produced and syndicated by Philadelphia NPR affiliate WHYY-FM. Before joining Gallup, Dr. Newport taught sociology at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, was news director and talk show host at KTRH Radio in Houston, and was a partner at a market research and public opinion research firm in Houston. He received his doctorate degree in sociology from the University of Michigan.

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Features by Frank Newport

How Sandy will impact the election

With just five days to go until election day, superstorm Sandy will almost certainly have an impact, but the economy is still the number one priority in the minds of voters.
Posted In: Hurricane Sandy, 2012 election

How do you know if a poll is right?

Gallup editor-in-chief Frank Newport addresses recent criticism of Gallup's polling.
Posted In: Gallup, newport, polls, nate silver, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney

38% of Americans feel better off than a year ago

Every bit of public data -- housing, employment, consumer spending -- changes how voters feel about the state of the nation -- and about their own well-being.
Posted In: Gallup, 2012 election, Economy

Gallup poll: Romney leads on economy

Gallup's national daily tracking poll gained some attention this past week. Some critics say the poll, which shows a solid lead for Governor Mitt Romney, is out-of-step with other national polls that indicate the race is much closer.
Posted In: Gallup, 2012 election, polls

Debates more significant than usual

Last night's second presidential debate between President Obama and Governor Romney was fiery and full of pocketbook issues. Will the debate impact the short term polls and the final election outcome?
Posted In: debate, 2012 election

Yes, some voters are still undecided

As Gov. Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama prepare to meet again for tonight's second presidential debate, they'll face not only the moderator and each other, but undecided voters.
Posted In: town hall, debate, 2012 election, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney

V.P. debates draw us in, but don't influence voters

Despite increased interest in vice presidential debates -- from Sarah Palin and Joe Biden to tonight's Biden-Ryan showdown -- polls show these debates don't really change the vote in November.
Posted In: debate, vice president, Joe Biden, Paul Ryan

Debate: Drawing a town hall audience

The next presidential debate is on Tuesday, October 16th, and this one is a town hall with 84 people in the audience. The participants will get to quiz the candidates -- but how are they selected?
Posted In: debate, Gallup

Voters pessimistic about Medicare's future

Vice President Joe Biden will face Congressman Paul Ryan on the debate stage tonight, and Paul Ryan's Medicare plan is sure to be a hot topic. Polling shows most Americans are against Ryan's voucher proposal, but do recognize the need for system reforms.
Posted In: Medicare, debate, Paul Ryan, Joe Biden

Poll: How much do you like or trust public opinion polling?

After the first presidential debate on Wednesday, the political polling season is about to kick into high gear. Why polls matter, and why we like them so much.
Posted In: 2012 election, polls

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