In the history and profession of public opinion research, Andrew Kohut stands out as one of its twentieth and twenty-first century leaders and institution builders. His legacy is what he contributed on all fronts at the Gallup Organization, Times Mirror polling, Princeton Survey Research Associates, and the building of the Pew Research Center, all of which have advanced the tracking and analysis of public opinion in the United States and abroad, and contributed to the holdings at the Roper Center. We are proud to have honored him just last November with the Warren Mitofsky Award and a Book of Tributes from his peers, competitors, mentees, and those who benefitted from his wise analysis of public opinion research.
Since his death on Tuesday, we have all read the accolades regarding how much Andy contributed to our understanding of the public. However, the Roper Center, as the archive of public opinion data, has benefited in a special way. More than 1,200 studies were archived from the dates that Andy was at the helm of these outstanding organizations. Half of these surveys were from Andy’s most recent brainchild, the Pew Research Center, which has grown exponentially with an ever increasing multitude of insightful polls, making our resources ever more prized. The importance of these contributions cannot be overestimated.
The Roper Center Board and staff, journalists, researchers, and the public will continue to benefit from what Andy conceived and nurtured, as his legacy and influence live on.
The Center has established an endowment to fund the Andrew Kohut Student Fellowship program to provide assistance to students pursuing a career in opinion research. Andy’s family has graciously suggested that in lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to this fund.