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Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency

The Kalikow School Poll

Public polling has become a ubiquitous part of life in the 21st century. From researching public opinion about elections to examining views on a broad range of policy issues, polling has become an indispensable tool for political analysis. The Kalikow School Poll was created in 2019 to examine how changing political views, particularly in diverse suburban communities, may influence national political realignments and presidential policy making.

Suburban voters are a growing majority of the national electorate, and they often include key groups of swing voters that are pivotal in federal and state elections. The Kalikow School Poll examines public attitudes nationally on elections and policies, highlighting policy views and political preferences of suburban voters and comparing them with those of urban and rural voters. Shifts in voters’ policy and candidate preferences are highly significant, as they may have the power to drive enduring changes in American politics.

Hofstra’s rich expertise in developing programming for three consecutive presidential debates (2008, 2012, 2016), as well as the creation of the Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs in 2015, establishes a strong foundation for the Kalikow School Poll. The poll additionally builds upon the pioneering work of the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University, which sponsored 10 national polls between 2008-2018.