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October 2, 2017

Our newest ABC News/Washington Post poll unveiled Americans’ views on health care, taxes and immigration, as well as President Trump’s handling of North Korea and response to recent hurricanes in the Gulf. We also checked in on opinions towards Congress and links between hurricane severity and climate change. It’s been picked up by The New York TimesThe Weather ChannelThe IndependentThe HillNewsweekThe Houston ChronicleThe Salt Lake TribuneNewsmaxBusiness StandardNewserRaw StoryTownhallThe Week Magazine, and Salon among others.

August 29, 2017

Phi Delta Kappa International has released its 49th annual survey of Americans’ attitudes toward issues in public education, finding broad public interest in extending traditional educational goals to include both work skills training and development of students’ interpersonal skills.

The national survey of nearly 1,600 adults also finds substantial skepticism toward school voucher programs and about standardized tests as a gauge of school quality. The study covers additional topics including views on school diversity, support for so-called wraparound services – from afterschool programs to dental care – and overall ratings of public schools locally and nationally.

Previously the Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup poll, the PDK survey has been produced by Langer Research Associates since 2016. In addition to this year’s national survey, the 2017 project includes companion surveys in Georgia and New York. See the reports and detailed results at pdkpoll.org. See coverage of the poll’s results in the Washington Post, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Education Week.

We’re proud to partner with PDK on this important work.

July 19, 2017

Six months into Donald Trump’s presidency, our latest ABC News/Washington Post poll covered views of the president himself, questions of Russian interference in the 2016 election and the Republican health care bill. Media coverage of the poll includes CNN (here and here), CBS NewsUSA TodayThe New York Times, Politico (here and here), NewsweekThe HillTIMEBusiness Insider,  MarketWatchThe Washington TimesHuffington PostChicago TribuneThe Washington ExaminerThe Denver PostThe Las Angeles TimesEsquire and Salon.

The poll also examined public attitudes towards Trump’s Twitter use (covered by TIMEThe New York Daily News, and CNET), concern over North Korea (picked up by The Daily BeastThe Hill, and U.S. News & World Report) and the 2018 midterm elections (media coverage by CNN and The Week).

June 16, 2017

Our work using MRP on the national ABC News/Washington Post tracking poll to produce state-level presidential vote estimates was featured by The Monkey Cage, a political science blog at The Washington Post. The post details our methodology and results for a broader audience, following our paper presented at the 2017 AAPOR conference, and our initial announcement from December.

June 9, 2017

Our latest ABC News/Washington Post poll covers Americans’ responses to Donald Trump’s withdrawing the United States from the Paris climate accord, and distrust in Trump relating to the Russia investigations and firing of FBI Director James Comey.  Our analyses have received media coverage from outlets including CNN (here and here), NBC News, Politico (here and here),  Newsweek, TIME, Forbes, The Hill (here and here), Business Insider, The Washington Times, The New York Daily News, The Chicago Tribune, The New York Post, UPI, The Week (here and here), The Daily Beast, Breitbart, The Daily Mail, The Salt Lake Tribune, The Washington Examiner, Mic and Salon.

May 23, 2017

Langer Research Associates formally launched our PARC knowledge management tool for survey research professionals at the annual conference of the American Association for Public Opinion Research in New Orleans this past week, as well as presented three papers, all focused on aspects of polling in the 2016 presidential election.

PARC is a secure, cloud-based system that enables researchers to instantly and accurately search their past projects, including individual survey questions. It’s invaluable for internal organization and efficiency, client support and retention and stakeholder or public-facing uses. We received great interest and feedback at our exhibit hall booth. (Our ad in the conference program looked pretty swell, too!)

Among our papers was “Predicting 2016 State Presidential Election Results with a National Tracking Poll and MRP,” in which we described our use of the national ABC News and ABC News/Washington Post tracking poll in 2016 to produce state-level vote estimates via multilevel regression with poststratification. Our model correctly predicts the winner in 50 of 51 states and the District of Columbia, outperforming publicly released pre-election prognostications. Our findings indicate the effectiveness of using a large, high-quality, probability-based national dataset to make state-level election predictions. See the full paper here and our presentation slides here.

We also offered our summary of “How and Why it’s President Trump,” slides here; and our postmortem analysis of the tracking poll we produced for ABC News, in which our final estimate came within 2 points of the actual popular vote margin, matching the average accuracy of ABC News pre-election polls since 1984 (slides here).

May 1, 2017

Covering the first 100 days of the Trump administration, our latest ABC/Post poll revealed Americans’ views on the president and his policies, Russian entanglement in the 2016 election and the “deep state”. It’s been covered by CNN, Politico, Newsweek, Fox News, Vox, The Hill, GQ, Salon, New York magazine, The Daily Beast, Breitbart, the New York Post, Vice, Mic, the New York Daily News, The Washington Times, the Los Angeles Times and the Washington Examiner, among others.

April 11, 2017

Our most recent ABC/Post poll probes Americans’ views on Syria following President Trump’s airstrikes on the country. It’s been picked up by The Huffington Post, The Hill, Politico and the International Business Times, among others.

February 6, 2017

We’re now accepting applications for the positions of Research Analyst (or Senior Research Analyst) and Research Associate at Langer Research Associates. Please visit our Open Positions page for more information on these opportunities.

February 3, 2017

A national survey by Langer Research Associates and SSRS finds that nearly half of all small business owners think Donald Trump’s election will be good for their businesses, especially those who are struggling. Positive sentiment peaks at more than 8 in 10 of those who supported Trump in the election – nearly half of those surveyed.

These and other results are from a new, nationally representative poll of 503 owners of businesses with fewer than 100 employees. The research was conducted via the SSRS Small Business Omnibus, a quarterly survey of small businessowners, with analysis and reporting by Langer Research Associates.

In addition to expectations about the general business climate and Trump’s impact on it, the survey measures businessowners’ assessments of current conditions and specific expectations about their own businesses in 2017, including volume, profitability, customer base and hiring. Several of these questions have been aggregated into the Small Business Survey Index, planned as an ongoing assessment of small business owners’ views.

Read more in our report.

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