The Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics

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Informed Citizen Akron 

Striving to create a narrative for the 2016 presidential election, The Bliss Institute is working with the Jefferson Center and a consortium of Ohio media organizations, led by the Akron Beacon Journal, to launch Informed Citizen Akron.

This partnership focuses on the issues that matter most to Akron and Ohio residents. And to do that, it means listening to people and engaging Ohioans directly to tell media what they need to know.

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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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Poll: Clinton in the lead, but nearly half of Democrats want Biden to run

Nearly half of likely Democratic primary voters (48%) say that Vice President Joe Biden should get into the presidential race, expressing a strong sentiment that they want to consider an alternative to Hillary Clinton, according to the Bliss Institute/Zogby Analytics poll released Aug. 5, 2015.

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Poll: Strong support for Trump among republican primary voters

Donald Trump leads the Republican presidential field with 25% among likely GOP primary voters, according to The University of Akron’s Bliss Institute of Applied Politics and Zogby Analytics poll released Aug. 4, 2015.

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Bliss in the Media

06/02/2016
The Chinese news aggregator, Toutiao quotes professor David Cohen in a review of the US electoral process.

 

 

05/19/2016
Dr. Green comments on the ‘Trump effect’ in Ohio- dispatch.com

The Columbus Dispatch quotes professor John Green in a discussion about Ohio presidential primary voting trends and how those trends might translate into voter preferences for the election in November.

05/17/2016
Dr. Cohen comments on Trump's VP strategy - portclintonnewsherald.com

Professor David Cohen is quoted in the News-Herald, Newark Advocate, Mansfield News Journal, and the Coshocton Tribune regarding potential Republican vice presidential running mates.

05/17/2016
Big data and negative advertising: UA study looks at micro-targeting used by campaigns on the electorate - wksu.org

In continuing coverage, visiting college lecturer Kathleen Kennedy comments on the results of her research on negative political ads on WEWS-TV.  89.7 WSKU reports on the use of big data for political outreach that will be tracked by the Ohio Media Project, a collaboration that includes UA’s Bliss Institute of Applied Politics.

05/16/2016
Professor David Cohen discusses recent events in the presidential primaries - wakr.net

Professor David Cohen discusses recent events in the presidential primaries on 1590 WAKR (audio not available).

 

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2016 Republican National Convention announcement

John Green, Bliss Institute director and distinguished professor of political science in UA’s Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences, was interviewed for coverage of Cleveland hosting the 2016 Republican National Convention.

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Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics
The University of Akron
Olin 325
Akron, OH 44325-1914

Office: 330-972-5182
Fax: 330-972-5479
Email: bliss@uakron.edu

   

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