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Polling Institute

The Western New England University Polling Institute, established in 2005, conducts nonpartisan research on public policy issues at the local, state, and regional levels. The Institute, equipped with 23 state-of-the-art computer-assisted telephone interviewing stations, provides the University's faculty and students with valuable opportunities to design and carry out public opinion research. The Institute also conducts survey research for government agencies, news media, and nonprofit organizations.

Latest News

  • Tide Turns Against Charter School Expansion

    Massachusetts Voters Weigh in On Ballot Questions

    Opposition to raising the cap on charter schools in Massachusetts is outpacing support in the latest statewide survey by the Western New England University Polling Institute.  “Public sentiment on this issue has shifted significantly in the past six months,” said Tim Vercellotti, director of the Polling Institute and a professor of political science at Western New England University. Full details about the survey are available by clicking "Read More" below.

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About the Director

  • Dr. Tim Vercellotti

    Director, Western New England University Polling Institute

    Dr. Tim Vercellotti is a professor of political science at Western New England University and director of the Polling Institute. He teaches courses in survey research, media and politics, and political behavior. Prior to joining the faculty at Western New England University, Dr. Vercellotti was director of polling at the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University. He holds a doctorate in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Notre Dame.