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 2015

The Goucher Poll asked Maryland residents for their perceptions of elected officials and institutions; Governor Hogan's handling of key statewide issues; the most important issues facing Maryland, the direction of the state, and their personal financial situation; redistricting; the proposed post-Labor Day start to public schools; marijuana; confederate memorials; immigration; communities and their police; and attention paid to the events surrounding the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore City. 


Field Dates: September 26th-30th 2015

Press Contact Information:

Dr. Mileah Kromer
Director, Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center

Chris Landers
Office of Communications

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