The Goucher Poll is conducted under the auspices of the Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center, which is housed in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Goucher College. The college supports the Goucher Poll to help foster a community where discourse is valued and practiced, and Goucher students administer the survey as part of the college's commitment to developing their sense of social responsibility.
The Goucher Poll is conducted in a 40-station, computer-aided telephone interviewer (CATI) lab. Using a random sample of landlines and cell phones, the Goucher Poll draws upon a random sample of Maryland citizens to gauge perceptions toward important policy, social, and economic related issues.
The Goucher Poll is fully funded by the Sarah T. Hughes Center endowment and does not take additional funding from any outside sources. The Goucher Poll seeks only to improve public discourse in the state by providing neutral and nonbiased information on citizen perceptions and opinions. Results of the Goucher Poll are shared with members of the campus community to facilitate scholarly research by Goucher faculty and undergraduate students. The results are also released to members of the media and other interested groups to promote public discourse in the state.
The Goucher Poll is a member of the Association of Academic Survey Research Organizations.
Current Poll: Fall 2014
Fall 2014 "Polling for the Public Good" Series: Maryland State Parks
In addition to its regular release of data that reflect the most pressing statewide issues, the Goucher Poll also works with community partners in the "Polling for the Public Good" series. Through partnerships with government and nonprofit entities, additional questions are included in the poll to shed light on issues that provide collective benefits to Marylanders. These poll data are the result of a collaborative research project with the Maryland Park Service on resident perceptions of Maryland state parks.
Field Dates: Sept. 28th - Oct. 2nd
The Fall 2014 Goucher Poll will survey Maryland residents on several key environmental issues, as well perceptions of elected officials, political parties, and other items.
Press Contact Information:
Dr. Mileah Kromer
Director, Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center
Director, Media Relations