2016 Warren J. Mitofsky Award Dinner – November 16, 2016 – Washington, D.C.
James Stimson, Raymond Dawson Distinguished Bicentennial Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was recipient of the Roper Center’s 2016 Mitofsky Award for Excellence in Public Opinion Research. Stimson is a noted public opinion scholar, author and mentor. He has led the way in creative uses of the Roper Center archive, focusing on opinion movement over time and answering important questions the public’s policy mood, liberal/conservative political ideology, and how public opinion influences government. His award-winning books, which include Tides of Consent, Issue Evolution, The Macro Polity, and Ideology in America dug more deeply into the Roper archive than any work to date to rigorously measure and then explain the meaning and influence of public opinion. More about James Stimson.
The Warren J. Mitofsky Award for Excellence in Public Opinion Research is awarded each year to honor individuals whose work on public opinion and/or survey methodology has a lasting and significant impact on our understanding of public opinion. The award distinguishes important work on public opinion or survey methodology that has been published in a book, journal, magazine, or newspaper, or presented at a professional conference or online. Special consideration is given to work that is based on data obtained by the researcher or author directly from the Roper archive, as well as to work that utilizes multiple data sources or compares survey results over time. The award takes into account both work published recently and from the past that continues to have a significant and demonstrable impact on our understanding of society.
Warren J. Mitofsky rose from modest circumstances to invent techniques that would revolutionize polling and political journalism. Warren was committed to giving people a “bigger, clearer voice” in national affairs. His election-day exit polls, innovations in telephone sampling, and groundbreaking methods did precisely that, both in the United States and abroad. He fought good fights, and always with a single objective: “Do it right.”
Warren cared passionately about the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research and played a pivotal role in shaping its mission during his 27 years on its board of directors, his last year as chair. This event honors Warren and furthers his vision for the Center.