The Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics

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State of the Parties: 2016 and Beyond

November 9-10, 2017

The 2016 presidential election was extraordinary, especially the unexpected nomination and election of Donald Trump to the White House.

What role did political parties play in these events? How did the party organizations fare? What are the implications for the future? Scholars and practitioners from throughout the United States will explore the state of American party organizations, constituencies and resources at the national, state and local level.

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Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics
The University of Akron
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Akron, OH 44325-1914

Office: 330-972-5182
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Email: bliss@uakron.edu

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Poll: Akron Buckeye Poll: 2015 Ohio Presidential Politics

The 2015 Akron Buckeye Poll investigates underlying attitudes toward the 2016 presidential election in Ohio. The evidence suggests a close contest for the open seat in the White House, a sharp contrast with 2008—the previous open seat race. The state of the Ohio economy is a critical difference between the two elections. The poll indicates that few Ohioans have firm views on Democratic or Republican candidates, but among those that do, the early presidential race resembles the national contest.

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Poll: Akron Buckeye Poll: 2015 Ohio Ballot Issues

The 2015 Akron Buckeye Poll investigates public opinion among registered voters about three proposed constitutional amendments on the 2015 general election ballot: Issue 1 (redistricting reform), Issue 2 (anti-monopoly provision), and Issue 3 (legalize marijuana). The survey provides a baseline for understanding public support for the ballot issues during the final weeks of the campaign.

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