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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

  • Poll finds, Even with Vaccine, Massachusetts Residents Remain Cautious about Covid

    Level of worry decreases, but survey respondents still see a long recovery ahead

    Even with vaccines against COVID-19 becoming accessible to a larger portion of the public, Massachusetts residents are cautious about returning to pre-pandemic activities, according to the latest survey from the Western New England University Polling Institute. 

    The telephone survey of 415 adults, conducted March 1-31, found that 44 percent were still very or somewhat worried about contracting COVID-19, down from 64 percent in the last Polling Institute survey conducted Oct. 22 through Nov. 24, 2020.  Fifty-four percent said they are not very worried or not at all worried, up from 32 percent in the fall survey.

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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.