Leading Voices Lecturer: Frank Newport


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Gallup Poll editor-in-chief


Frank Newport (photo courtesy of Frank Newport)

Frank Newport is editor-in-chief of the Gallup Poll and immediate past president of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR).

Gallup has been monitoring American public opinion continuously since 1935, and now conducts more than 350,000 interviews with Americans on a daily basis each year, as well as continuous interviewing in over 150 countries worldwide.

Newport focuses primarily on the analysis of the American public’s views of their elected officials, and public attitudes and behavior relating to key policy and issue areas, the economy, religion, well-being, and indicators of public mood and consumer behavior.  His analyses appear on gallup.com, in his blog Polling Matters, in books and other publications, and on video, podcasts and through radio and television appearances.

He is co-author of Winning the White House 2008: The Gallup Poll, Public Opinion and the Presidency (Facts on File, 2009), author of Polling Matters—Why Leaders Must Listen to the Wisdom of the People (Warner Books, 2004), co-author with Stuart Rothenberg of The Evangelical Voter, and co-editor of The Gallup Poll: Public Opinion 2004–2010. His book Religion Matters will be published in 2012.

His articles and op-ed pieces have appeared in the American Sociological Review, Public Opinion Quarterly, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and many other publications.

Newport served as the 2010-2011 president of the American Association for Public Opinion Research, the nation’s largest association of professional survey researchers and pollsters, and is vice president of the National Council on Public Polls and on the Board of Directors for the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research.

He graduated from Baylor University, from which he received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2002 and holds a PhD in sociology from the University of Michigan. Before joining Gallup, Newport taught sociology at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, served as news director and talk show host at KTRH Radio in Houston, and was a partner at a market research and public opinion research firm in Houston.

Newport is a frequent guest on radio and television programs, discussing public opinion and the collective views of the American people.  His weekly radio show “What Are We Thinking?” is produced and syndicated by Philadelphia NPR affiliate WHYY-FM.

He lives with his wife Kim near Princeton, N.J., and has four children, one of whom, Cal, graduated from Dartmouth in 2004.

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