In order to remain current in the rapidly developing field of politics, the Bliss Institute staff regularly conducts applied and scholarly research. The institute's research efforts provide a source of up-to-date information for the general public, as well as political practitioners and academicians, and offers undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity for advance study.
Director of Research
Learn more about Karl C. Kaltenthaler.
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.
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.
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.
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.
David Horn Manuscript on Gerrymandering
To view the manuscript click here.
See the research report.
Current Research Projects
The Bliss Institute currently has several projects ongoing. Below is a listing of all projects in their research phase
Tea Party Survey Research
Humanist Survey Research, Longitudinal and Random Sampling
- Informed Citizen Akron
For more information on the Institute's current research projects, please call us at (330) 972-5182.
The Bliss Institute Special Projects page is an archive of the many different projects outside of the Institutes research. Click above to be redirected!
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