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.
Bay State Residents Oppose Lowering the Voting Age
By a 2-1 margin, survey respondents say no to 16- and 17-year-olds voting in national elections
Massachusetts residents take a dim view of lowering the voting age from 18 to 16, according to the latest survey from the Western New England University Polling Institute.
A telephone survey of 495 adults found Massachusetts residents overwhelmingly opposed allowing 16- and 17-year-olds to vote in elections for president and Congress. However, opposition softened somewhat when it came to the question of allowing those between the age of 16 and 18 to vote in local elections.
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.