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Bliss Polls and Research

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.


Your Vote Ohio Poll
Summer 2020

The Your Vote Ohio Polls is a joint project of Your Vote Ohio and the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at The University of Akron, the survey was conducted by the Center for Marketing and Opinion Research.  Poll Findings


University of Akron Bliss Institute Poll:
Baseline for the 2018 Election

Poll finds voters nearly evenly divided in partisan terms as the 2018 campaign enters it final weeks.

See the highlights or download the full report (PDF).


2018 Humanist Survey Results 

Please follow the link below to learn more about the results of the 2018 American Humanist Survey

American Humanist 2018 Survey Results


2016 Election polls

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Akron Buckeye Poll: 2015 Ohio Presidential Politics (PDF)
    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.

  • Akron Buckeye Poll: 2015 Ohio Ballot Issues (PDF)
    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.

Buckeye Battleground

See the research report.

Bliss Institute Special Projects Page

The Bliss Institute Special Projects page is an archive of the many different projects outside of the Institutes research. Click above to be redirected!

Research Archive