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Hampton University Center for Public Policy and The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research collaborate for the 2020 election cycle
10/22/2020 - #70

HAMPTON, Va. (Oct. 22, 2020) — The Hampton University Center for Public Policy (CPP) is working with The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research (AP-NORC) to conduct and release two polls during the 2020 presidential election cycle. Combining their strengths, the Hampton University/ AP-NORC partnership will use high quality research tools, data analytics and analysis of important issues to educate and inform the citizens of Virginia.

“This has been an exciting collaborative effort between the Hampton University Center for Public Policy and AP-NORC,” said Dr. Kelly Harvey-Viney, Director of the Hampton University Center for Public Policy. “Working together has been a great opportunity for all of us to help inform the people of Virginia ahead of this important election. Together, our research went beyond the surface to discover why people hold certain opinions.”

The Hampton University/AP-NORC Polls are funded by the Hampton University Center for Public Policy, conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago and covered by the AP.

“The partnership between Hampton University and the AP-NORC Center brings three of the best entities in their respective fields together,” said Dr. William R. Harvey, Hampton University President. “The Hampton University Center for Public Policy in partnership with NORC has proven on numerous occasions to accurately track the pulse of voters. The Associated Press will now use these insights in its coverage of the views of the electorate.”   

The first presidential poll was released on Sept. 29 and included views on the how Virginians believe each ticket, if elected, would handle the economy, a coronavirus outbreak, healthcare and the criminal justice system. Opinions varied from respondents on other public policy issues including police violence, election security, gun control and confederate statues. The second presidential poll in this collaboration is to be released on Monday, Oct. 26 prior to the presidential election. Highlights include views on the current Supreme Court nomination process and attitudes about race relations in Virginia.

“State news, and news about state government and politics, has long been a part of AP’s core mission. By working with Hampton, the AP-NORC Center adds to what we know and the stories we can tell about what matters to Virginians,” said Emily Swanson, AP’s director of public opinion research.

“We are proud to collaborate with Hampton University on conducting high-quality public opinion research,” said Trevor Tompson, director of the AP-NORC Center. “These studies will look at important issues facing Virginia and provide timely insights to the public, media, and researchers.”

About the Hampton University Center for Public Policy
Established in 2008 by visionary Hampton University President, Dr. William R. Harvey, the HU Center for Public Policy is an objective, non-partisan source for information and solutions on a variety of topics. Along with HU’s mission of education and service, the Center for Public Policy stands to serve as the pulse of the people of Virginia. The Center for Public Policy is poised to meet the challenge by contributing publications, speakers, forums and new age social media engagement that advance the current and future ideas and trends in the public policy arena.

Dr. Harvey's vision was to create the Center for Public Policy to help facilitate a connection for students between classroom theory and practical application in the real-world. Moving forward into the 21st century and beyond, the CPP is meeting the emerging needs of the global community by expanding into a research focused institution.

For Topline results, the executive summary and more information on the Hampton University Center for Public Policy call 757-727-5426 or visit http://www.hamptonu.edu/cpp/polls/.

Over the course of the 2016 Presidential Election season, the CPP was recognized nationally by several media outlets. The Washington Post distinguished the CPP poll for its 100% accuracy.  The CPP also made headlines on Fox News, MSNBC & in The New York Times.

About The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research
The AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research uses the power of social science research and the highest-quality journalism to bring key information to people across the nation and throughout the world. The two organizations have established The AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research to conduct, analyze, and distribute social science research in the public interest on newsworthy topics, and to use the power of journalism to tell the stories that research reveals.
www.apnorc.org

The Associated Press is an independent global news organization dedicated to factual reporting. Founded in 1846, AP today remains the most trusted source of fast, accurate, unbiased news in all formats and the essential provider of the technology and services vital to the news business.
www.ap.org

NORC at the University of Chicago is an independent research institution that delivers reliable data and rigorous analysis to guide critical programmatic, business, and policy decisions.
www.norc.org


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