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 2016
The Goucher Poll asked likely Maryland voters for their opinions regarding candidates for the US Senate race to replace retiring Senator Barbara Mikulski, and regarding candidates in the US Presidential race. Likely voters were also asked about their frequency of political conversation and how many of their close friends were Republicans or Democrats.
Field Dates: September 17 to 20, 2016
- Press Release and Poll Results (Senate and Presidential Candidates, political conversations and friends)
- Press Release and Poll Results #2 (Gov. Hogan popularity, fracking, Post-Labor Day school start, divided government, Zika virus, Pres. Obama popularity)
Press Contact Information:
Dr. Mileah Kromer
Director, Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center
Office of Communications