November 05, 2012


By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University will host the post-election panel discussion, "Election 2012: Who Voted How And Why?" on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center. The discussion, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Bucknell Institute for Public Policy.

The panel — Ed Goeas, president and CEO of The Tarrance Group, and Karl Agne, a founding partner of GBA Strategies — will be moderated by Bucknell faculty members Christopher Magee, professor of economics, and Chris Ellis, assistant professor of political science.

Goeas served on the polling team and provided strategic counsel for the McCain Presidential campaign in 2008, and as program director of the 2008 Republican National Convention. He and his partners were named the 2010 Republican Pollsters of the Year, by the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC).

In addition to his campaign work, Goeas works in partnership with Democratic pollster Celinda Lake on the nationally recognized "Battleground Poll" — one of the country's most respected national, political research programs. In 2011 they were awarded the Distinguished Service to the Profession award for their body of work on the Battleground Poll over the last 20 years.

Goeas has been widely published in professional and academic journals, including the Yale Law and Policy Review, on a variety of public policy issues based on his national research. He also has worked on a number of campaigns in Russia, Greece, Hungary, France and the Philippines.

Frequently sought as a political analyst, he regularly appears on national public affairs programs including: Meet the Press, This Week, Good Morning America, The Today Show, The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, FOX News, C-SPAN and CNN John King's America.

Agne, who has played a leading role in hundreds of political campaigns, specializes in the use of focus groups and in-depth interviews, as well as media testing and perception analyzer exercises, to gain greater insight into consumers' decision-making processes. He has conducted research on a broad array of issues, from re-branding Fortune 500 companies to examining the decline of Democrats in Middle America to defining the unique values and political worldview of the Millennial Generation.

He has conducted research for political campaigns at every level, from municipal elections to congressional and gubernatorial contests to directing national research and message development for the Gore-Lieberman campaign. He began his research career as a senior associate with Greenberg Quinlan Research, then founded Democracy Corps and served as its first executive director before launching his own firm in 2001.

Agne's analysis and commentary have been featured on MSNBC, CNBC, FOX, and NPR; in progressive blogs including DailyKos, TPMCafe, and The Democratic Strategist; and in numerous print outlets, including The Washington Post, New York Daily News, Business Week, The Nation, American Prospect, and The Boston Globe.

The Bucknell Institute for Public Policy (BIPP) supports social science research, analysis, and teaching on campus and beyond, and provides a forum for contemporary public policy discussion.

Contact: Division of Communications

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