Practicing Good Citizenship by Promoting Public Discourse

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 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.

Current Poll: Spring 2014

  • Field Dates: March 2nd - 6th 2014
  • Data Released: March 12th, 13th, and 14th 2014 at 12 PM each day

The March 2014 Goucher Poll will survey Maryland residents on several key issues currently being considered by the Maryland General Assembly, as well as on topics related to campaign finance and candidate characteristics.

Media Advisory Spring 2014 (PDF)

Press Release #1 (PDF)

Press Release #2 (PDF)

Press Release #3 (PDF)

Archived Polls and Press Releases