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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 in Massachusetts Would Likely Get Covid Vaccine If It Were Available Today

    Survey finds that more than one-third of adults would be unlikely to seek the vaccine

    Nearly 60 percent of adults said they would be very likely or somewhat likely to get a vaccine to prevent COVID-19 if the vaccine were available today, according to the latest survey from the Western New England University Polling Institute.

    The survey of 415 adults, conducted Oct. 22 through Nov. 24, found that 36 percent of adults said they would be very likely to get the vaccine, while 23 percent said they would be somewhat likely.

    More than one-third of survey respondents, however, said they would be unlikely to get the vaccine. Twenty-two percent said they would be very unlikely, and another 16 percent said they would be somewhat unlikely. Top reasons for declining to get the vaccine included lack of trust in the approval process and concerns about potential side effects.

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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.