The Bucknell Institute for Public Policy is working to establish a survey center on campus. During summer 2016, the Institute piloted a survey about public attitudes and policy views as part of a proposal to establish a survey center at Bucknell. This fall, Bucknell students will work with faculty in analyzing the results of this survey.

The Institute for Public Policy hopes to provide research support and learning opportunities for students by building a center with a strong student and faculty-focused mission.

Will Bordash '18, who will be working on the data analysis says, "I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to work with both professors and fellow students on the survey center pilot. The Institute for Public Policy has given me a great experience by allowing students to take on responsibility that normally is not given to them in the classroom. It motivates me to continue to develop my public policy and data analytic skills as we work to find many interesting trends within the results from the survey."

Director Wolaver outlines the benefits of a survey center to the Bucknell, "This proposed Survey Center will support students through classroom-based experiential learning experiences and other research opportunities, support faculty scholarship, serve the community, and enhance the reputation of Bucknell and the Institute for Public Policy."

Survey Center Updates


Perceptions of Economic Fairness

By Will Bordash ’18 and Brayden Zimmerman ’20 Over the past two months we have analyzed economic optimism from many perspectives, including race, gender, education, age, locality, party identification, ideology,  and favorability of the major candidates from the 2016 Presidential election. We…

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2016 Presidential Election and Economic Optimism

By Will Bordash ’18 and Brayden Zimmerman ’20 Two weeks ago, we looked at Party Identification, Ideology, and Economic Optimism. Here, we look to see what role economic optimism played (if any) in the 2016 Presidential Election.  To begin, we analyze…

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