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About the Meredith Poll


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The Meredith Poll was launched in the spring of 2015 as part of Meredith’s commitment to civic engagement. It is supported by President Jo Allen, Provost Matthew Poslusny, and Dean of Arts and Humanities Sarah Roth.

Housed in the Department of History, Political Science, and International Studies, the Poll asks North Carolinians their opinions of a variety of public issues. In addition to asking citizens about current political and social issues, the Meredith Poll is the only North Carolina survey research organization that focuses on issues pertaining to women. The first poll, conducted in February 2015, asked North Carolinians their opinions of women as political leaders. We have also assessed how North Carolinians feel about women as business leaders and entrepreneurs, as well as women in law enforcement.

The Meredith Poll fully integrates students into its operation. Students assist with developing questions for the survey, collecting and analyzing data, and promoting the results. Students have used poll results for their senior thesis and faculty-directed research efforts. Students and faculty have presented results of their studies using Meredith Poll data at national and regional academic conferences.

Meredith Poll Funding

Meredith Poll Staff:

David B. McLennan (Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin) is a Professor of Political Science and Director of the Meredith Poll.

Whitney Ross Manzo (Ph.D., University of Texas at Dallas) is Assistant Professor of Political Science and Assistant Director of the Meredith Poll.




Contact Information
General Information:
David McLennan, Meredith Poll Director
(919) 760-2287
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Press Contact:
Melyssa Allen, News Director
(919) 760-8455
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