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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

  • Majority Say Climate Change Could Pose Serious Threat during their Lifetime

    Survey also finds many believe there is still time to reverse effects of climate change

    Nearly two-thirds of Massachusetts residents say it is very or somewhat likely that climate change will pose a serious threat to them or their way of life during their lifetime, according to the latest survey from the Western New England University Polling Institute.

    The statewide telephone survey of 439 adults, conducted Oct. 17 through Nov. 1, found that 32 percent viewed the threat as very likely and 32 percent viewed the threat as somewhat likely, while 22 percent said not very likely and 13 percent said not at all likely.

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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.