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About Kathleen Weldon

Kathleen is Director of Member Relations and Communications for Roper. A graduate of Wesleyan University with a degree in English, she started her career in public opinion at Harvard designing surveys with media and foundation partners. Kathleen is a member of AAPOR.

Event: 2016 Election Polling: A Postmortem

DC-AAPOR and the Roper Center present 2016 Election Polling:  A Postmortem – Just What Do Voters Expect?  

Wednesday, November 16th, 3:00 to 5:30PM […]

Mitofsky Award Dinner tickets on sale now!

 

Planning to join us for the Warren J. Mitofsky Award Dinner to honor noted public opinion scholar, author, and mentor James Stimson? Tickets are now available.  […]

Candidates and Tax Returns

Donald Trump has refused to release his tax returns, a decision that Hillary Clinton has denounced with ads that imply these documents hide secrets that would be devastating to her opponent’s campaign. Will this message resonate with voters? The polling seems to indicate that while the public does want to see returns, they may not consider the issue an important one. […]

Poverty in America: AEI/LA Times Polls

In 1985, the late I. A. Lewis, director of the LA Times poll, and William Schneider produced a poll on attitudes toward poverty in America.  The survey included an oversample of individuals who were living in poverty according to federal government guidelines.   Questions delved deeply into beliefs about the causes of poverty, perceptions of the conditions in which the poor live, policy preferences for addressing poverty, and knowledge of the demographic make-up of the poor. The results […]

Mandating Better Work-Life Balance: FMLA and Public Opinion

This Labor Day, America’s labor movement will point to many proud achievements: overtime pay, workplace safety regulations, and more than two decades of family and medical leave. Polls have found the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA), which ensured that most American workers could take unpaid leave for personal illness or to care for a sick family member, to have deep and longstanding support from the public. But the U.S. still provides fewer […]

Live Long and Pollster: Star Trek and Public Opinion

Fifty years ago this September, Star Trek aired on NBC. The show went on to become a cultural icon, an American vision of a future that went beyond nations. A review of public opinion polling from 1967 shows Star Trek was both ahead of its time and very much of it, grappling with the issues that confronted the nation.

The final frontier

In the mid-sixties, the country was working hard to attain the goal John F. Kennedy […]

New Dataset: The Chicago Council on Global Affairs 2015 Annual American Survey

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs 2015 Annual American Survey was conducted by The GfK Group (GfK, formerly Knowledge Networks) using a sample from KnowledgePanel.  The study examines the attitudes and perceptions of Americans across a range of U.S. and international public policy issues. Topics include possible threats to the U.S. interests, such as Islamic terrorism, Russian territorial ambitions, China’s economic power, and North Korea’s nuclear program; the government’s preparedness to handle these threats; foreign policy goals […]

New to the Archive: AARP’s Brain Health Survey

AARP’s Fall 2015 Brain Health Survey  provides fascinating insights into what Americans believe affects mental sharpness and what actions they are taking to protect their own brain health. Are Americans worried about cognitive decline? Do they think there’s anything they can do to prevent it? Do they take vitamins, get exercise, or do puzzles to help their mental faculties? Do they talk to their doctors about these issues? Has someone close to them suffered from […]

Convention Resources

Conventional Wisdom: Delegates, Conventions and Nominations
The 2016 party conventions mark the end of a long and difficult primary season, one which has brought nomination process questions to the forefront of the national dialogue. Americans have been faced with the complexities of the roles of delegates and conventions in choosing the parties’ nominees. Such controversies have arisen in earlier elections, and the public has shown some perhaps surprising views of how the process should work.  A historical review of public opinion on the nomination process… […]

Conventional Wisdom: Delegates, Conventions and Nominations

The 2016 party conventions mark the end of a long and difficult primary season, one which has brought nomination process questions to the forefront of the national dialogue. Americans have been faced with the complexities of the roles of delegates and conventions in choosing the parties’ nominees. Such controversies have arisen in earlier elections, and the public has shown some perhaps surprising views of how the process should work. A historical review of public opinion on the nomination process: […]