12/6/13: Gary Langer participated today in the Evidence Communication Innovation Collaborative convened by the Institute of Medicine in Washington, D.C., as part of its Roundtable on Value & Science-Driven Health Care. Langer presented research sponsored by Blue Shield of California Foundation on patient engagement, shared decision making and the role of patient-provider relationships in primary care redesign. Background here, full BSCF report here, and slides will follow.
11/5/13: The international development nonprofit Counterpart International today released the baseline assessment of its Bangladesh Leadership Development Program, a five-year initiative funded by USAID to enhance citizens’ engagement in democratic processes and community development.
The assessment, produced by Langer Research Associates, includes an extensive review of the relevant literature and detailed measurement of the attitudes, knowledge and capacity of recruited BLDP participants. The research will inform design of the program’s curriculum, serve as the baseline for future assessments of its impacts and help shape Counterpart’s leadership training approaches globally. Key findings include the importance of cultural context, sensitivity toward cultural norms of behavior for women and the impact of these norms on women's perceptions of their ability to effect change.
The Bangladesh Leadership Development Program Baseline Assessment was designed, managed and analyzed by Langer Research, with field work directed by D3 Systems, Inc., of Vienna, Va., and carried out by Org-Quest Research Ltd. of Dhaka, Bangladesh. See Counterpart’s announcement and the full report here.
10/23/13: Blue Shield of California Foundation today released "Building Better Health Care for Low-Income Californians," an in-depth survey produced for the Foundation by Langer Research Associates. The study examines the central role of patient-provider relationships in patient empowerment and efficacy, evaluating new approaches - including emerging caregiving models, the use of communication technology and improved interpersonal communication - in achieving these goals.
The Foundation hosted a presentation of key findings and a discussion panel at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Participants included Foundation President and CEO Peter V. Long, PhD.; Kavita Patel, MD, MS, Fellow and Managing Director of Delivery System Reform and Clinical Transformation at the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform in the Economics Studies program at the Brookings Institution; Sara Rosenbaum, JD, Harold and Jane Hirsh Professor of Health Law and Policy and Founding Chair of the Department of Health Policy, George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services; Ron Yee, MD, MBA, Chief Medical Officer, National Association of Community Health Centers; and Gary Langer of Langer Research Associates.
The survey extends a series of in-depth studies on the healthcare experiences of low-income Californians conducted for the Foundation by Langer Research Associates since 2010. Senior Analyst Julie E. Phelan was lead author of the report. See the full study, executive summary and press release here.
10/16/13: Our latest ABC News/Washington Post poll on the budget dispute in Washington has received wide coverage this week, by news outlets including CNN, the Los Angeles Times, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the New York Daily News, NBCNews.com and others. Daily News reporter Dan Friedman tweeted Sen. John McCain's take on it. Gary Langer appeared on Bloomberg TV with host Eric Schatzker today to summarize the public's view of kamikaze politics; see it here. (10/17: Gary also discussed the fallout from the government shutdown with John Hockenberry on NPR's "The Takeaway," here.)
9/30/13: Gary Langer appeared on Bloomberg TV with hosts Eric Schatzker and Stephanie Ruhle today, discussing the possible impacts of a government shutdown on consumer sentiment and political attitudes alike. See the clip here.
9/27/30: The Journal of Survey Statistics and Methodology has published Gary Langer's commentary on a report on nonprobability sampling produced by a task force of the American Association for Public Opinion Research. See the paper here.
9/19/2013: The final report of the federal Commission on Long-Term Care, submitted to President Obama and the leaders of Congress this week, references Langer Research Associates' analysis of a national survey on long-term care conducted by AP-NORC and commissioned by The SCAN Foundation, with our consultation. See the pre-publication version of the commission's report here, and our report, "Pathways to Progress in Planning for Long-Term Care," on the Foundation's website.
September 2013: A wide range of news organizations have covered recent ABC News/Washington Post polls, which we produce for ABC News. Beyond use by ABC and the Post, we've seen recent pickup in The New York Times, USA Today, CNN, the New York Daily News, MSNBC (here and here), the National Journal (here, here and here), the Christian Broadcasting Network, the San Francisco Examiner, the Christian Science Monitor, The Hill (here, here and here), the Huffington Post, the Columbus Dispatch, the Marietta Daily Journal, the Kokomo Tribune, and, overseas, the Global Times (China), the Nagaland Post (India) and Bao Gaio duc (Vietnam) - among others.
8/26/13: Gary Langer and Julie E. Phelan led a four-hour workshop on best practices in monitoring and evaluation of civic engagement programs in developing nations today at the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) in Washington, D.C. Our presentation included first principles in monitoring and evaluation, experimental design including pre- and post-testing and the use of control/treatment groups, considerations in field administration, questionnaire design and statistical modeling techniques including construction of indices with alpha testing, linear regression including variable coding and analysis of covariates.
August 2013: The Institute of Medicine in Washington, D.C., has cited our work for Blue Shield of California Foundation in a four-page Meeting Summary of its February 2013 Roundtable on Value- and Science-Driven Health Care. The summary quotes and reproduces charts from a presentation at the Rountdable by Gary Langer, discussing our 2012 reports for BSCF (here and here) on the key role of connectedness and continuity in patient-provider relationships.
8/16/13: Gary Langer appeared on Bloomberg TV with hosts Sara Eisen and Tom Keene today, discussing the state of consumer confidence as measured in the weekly Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index, produced by Langer Research Associates.
8/15/13: Anxiety-fueled avoidance, lack of information and inexperience with long-term care are key impediments to Americans planning for their care needs as they grow older, according to a report produced by Langer Research Associates and released today by The SCAN Foundation.
The in-depth analysis, based on a Foundation-sponsored survey by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, explores pathways to planning for long-term care by evaluating the motivators of preparing for aging needs – key information for the public and for policy makers as they seek to understand and encourage long-term care planning for the nation’s growing population of older adults.
The SCAN Foundation, based in Long Beach, California, is the nation’s only non-profit devoted exclusively to long-term care issues. The Langer Research report, “Pathways to Progress in Planning for Long-Term Care,” is available on its website.
6/25/13: Americans age 40 and older with a prescription for a chronic condition get a troubling C+ grade for their medication adherence, according to a national survey released today by the National Community Pharmacists Association.
In addition to establishing non-adherence levels, the survey, produced for the NCPA by Langer Research Associates, identifies the key predictors of patients' compliance with their medication instructions, including having a personal connection with pharmacy staff, affordability, continuity in health care, presence of side effects and awareness of the importance of taking medications as directed. The study proposes steps for pharmacists and health care providers to seek to reduce non-adherence, given its costs and health risks alike.
See the full report here.
6/13/13: The SCAN Foundation today released our analysis of a statewide survey of Californians' attitudes on long-term care, finding state residents age 40 and up more concerned than their counterparts nationally about a range of aging issues and more supportive of government-led efforts to address long-term care options.
The state sample was produced by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research as part of its national survey on the topic, funded by the Foundation with Langer Research Associates consulting on the project. The Associated Press in April covered national results of the AP-NORC study; our new report contrasts attitudes in California with those nationally. A further, more detailed study by Langer Research modeling the predictors of planning for long-term care will be forthcoming.
6/6/13: Gary Langer presented on questionnaire design today at "Meet the Masters," a daylong training session for survey researchers sponsored by the New York Chapter of the American Association for Public Opinion Research. See the presentation here.
5/10/13: Langer Research Associates staff will participate in several presentations next week at the annual meetings of the American Association for Public Opinion Research and the World Association for Public Opinion Research in Boston, on subjects ranging from politics to survey methodology to international development.
- Julie E. Phelan and Gary Langer will give a paper on their evaluation of whether to adjust a long-term trend-based survey, the 27-year-old Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index, to include cell-phone and Spanish-language interviews. Links: paper and presentation.
- Greg Holyk, with Damla Ergun, Langer, Phelan and Seth Brohinsky and Dean Williams of Abt SRBI, will present on the continuation of the 2012 ABC News/Washington Post presidential election tracking poll in the aftermath of tropical storm Sandy. Link: presentation.
- Langer will present assessment data on civic engagement in Afghanistan produced in support of a USAID-funded program by Counterpart International (link: presentation), and separately will present polling analysis of the 2012 presidential election produced by Langer Research Associates for ABC News (link: presentation).
- Holyk will serve as a panelist at a WAPOR session on perceptions and implications of the ‘pivot to Asia’ in U.S. foreign policy.
- Led by Eran Ben-Porath of Social Science Research Solutions, Ergun, Langer and Holyk, with Jon Cohen and Scott Clement of Capital Insight, will offer a presentation on context effects in favorability questions in the 2012 presidential contest. Link: presentation.
Link: Main page for all presentations.
4/30/13: Langer Research Associates, in association with the hedge fund Kase Capital, has produced a nationally representative telephone survey on the attitudes of current and former J.C. Penney customers, measuring the extent of customer defections and the company's prospects of winning them back. See our report here, and coverage here at Value Investing Letter. (The survey's been covered by in detail by IBD and ValueWalk, as well as pickup by Bloomberg and StreetInsider.)
4/24/13: The Associated Press reported today on a new national survey on long-term care from the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, funded by The SCAN Foundation, the country's leading nonprofit focused solely on long-term care for senior citizens. Langer Research Associates consulted with the foundation in initiating and carrying out the project, and will be producing additional data analysis. See the AP's report here and the AP-NORC Center's coverage here.
4/9/13: “Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead," the new book by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, quotes a study lead-authored by Julie E. Phelan, senior research analyst at Langer Research Associates, during her doctoral work at Rutgers University.
Sandberg writes: “… a 2008 study by Phelan et al. examined the hiring criteria used to evaluate male and female agentic (highly competent, confident, ambitious) or communal (modest, sociable) managerial job applicants. The results found that evaluators‘ weighted competence more heavily than social skills for all applicants, with the exception of agentic women, whose social skills were given more weight than competence.’ The authors conclude that ‘evaluators shifted the job criteria away from agentic women’s strong suit (competence) and toward their perceived deficit (social skills) to justify discrimination.’”
Julie’s paper, “Competent Yet Out in the Cold: Shifting Criteria for Hiring Reflect Backlash Toward Agentic Women,” was published in the December 2008 issue of Psychology of Women Quarterly.
4/1/13: We've updated our briefing paper on using social media to estimate public opinion, including new research from the Pew Research Center, Coca-Cola Company, and others. See our report here, and our previous briefing paper on opt-in online panels here.
4/1/13: The (terrific) American Scholar magazine has published our letter to the editor on the niceties of reliable, representative public opinion research, including the question of what in fact constitutes a "poll." See it here.
3/31/13: ON ABC's "This Week" program today, anchor George Stephanopoulos asked Cardinal Timothy Dolan about our ABC News/Washington Post poll finding that six in 10 American Catholics think the church is out of touch with their views. "Sometimes, by nature, the church has got to be out of touch with concerns, because we're always supposed to be thinking of the beyond, the enternal, the changeless," the cardinal replied, adding, "... sometimes there is a disconnect. ... And that's a challenge for us." See ABC's coverage of the interview here, and our poll report here. Beyond ABC and the Post, the poll's been widely reported on outlets including CNN, MSNBC, USA Today, Agence France-Presse, the Huffington Post, Canada Free Press and as far afield as ABC-CBN News in the Philippines.
3/20/13: Our ABC News/Washington Post poll on gay marriage this week was cited in the Obama administration's reply brief on the issue to the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as being reported by news outlets including MSNBC, NPR, the Huffington Post, The Daily Telegraph (UK), The Economist, the LA Times, The Boston Globe, the Atlantic, USA Today, the Christian Science Monitor, US News & World Report, Slate, Politico, the National Journal, The Hill, The New York Post, New York Magazine, the Miami Herald, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the Detroit Free Press, The Nation, The New York Times, PBS Newshour, NBC News, Newsday, Glamour and (king of them all) the Winnipeg Free Press.
2/23-25/13: Health Affairs has published a piece by Peter Long, president of Blue Shield of California Foundation, on our ongoing research for the Foundation among long-income Californians on patient engagement and primary care redesign. The same work was cited last month in testimony by Mark Blum, Chief Executive Officer, America’s Agenda Healthcare Education Fund, to the California State Assembly Committee on Health. And Gary Langer gave a presentation on the research Feb. 25 at a roundtable meeting at the Institute of Medicine in Washington, D.C.; see the video link here.
2/1/13: There's been wide pickup by other media organizations of our ongoing ABC News/Washington Post polls. Recent examples include coverage of our last poll on the president's personal favorability on Yahoo! News and in the Seattle PI; on gun control in the San Francisco Examiner, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Boston Globe, UPI, the National Journal, Slate and Bloomberg News; on Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden in the Baltimore Sun, The Hill, on MSNBC and on Real Clear Politics; on immigration policy in the Huffington Post; on the president's inauguration in U.S. News and World Report and the National Journal; and on the recent budget deal in Business Week, the National Review, The American Prospect and the Huffington Post.
12/7/12: Counterpart International, a global development nonprofit, has released our survey-based assessment of Support to the Electoral Process (STEP), a civic engagement program funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development in which Counterpart and its local partners instructed more than 3.3 million Afghan citizens in the principles of democracy, civil rights, the rule of law and the structure of government.
The report includes an extensive analysis of STEP's impacts, based on statistical analysis of covariance structure in survey samples of treatment and non-treatment groups in 12 Afghan provinces. If finds that the STEP program had a significant, positive effect on participants' civic orientation and political and community involvement. The quality of the training sessions, including ratings of teaching materials, topics, instructors and teaching strategies, was a key predictor of successful results, along with security and development levels in the locales in which STEP programs were held.
Findings of the study are contextualized through a detailed review of the literaure on best practices in civic education, and the report includes recommendations on how to achieve the maximum positive impact of future civic engagement programs.
Langer Research Associates conducted the literature review, designed the survey questionnaire, analyzed the data and wrote the Counterpart-STEP report, as well as co-designing the sampling plan with D3 Systems Inc., which managed data collection and processing via the Afghan Center for Socio-Economic and Opinion Research (ACSOR) in Kabul.
See the study here on Counterpart International's website.
11/6/12: The Daily, a new national news outlet for tablets and other digital platforms, has posted a nicely produced report on our take on the 2012 election. See it here. (Addendum: The Daily has added a new, post-election piece examining President Obama's victory, here.)
10/15/12: With international interest in the presidential election running high, we've done interviews in the past week with BBC television; French radio network Europe 1; RTE, Ireland's national public radio broadcaster; and Dublin-based Newstalk Radio Ireland.
10/4/12: Gary Langer today gave an invited presentation, "Probability Sampling and Alternative Methodologies," at the National Science Foundation's Conference on the Future of Survey Research, in Arlington, Va. Gary also has presented recently at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and to several business groups seeking insight into the 2012 presidential election.
9/27/12: Gary Langer has appeared twice recently on Public Radio International's "To the Point" with Warren Olney, today on politics and the economy and last week on strategy in the presidential campaign. Separately, Esquire magazine and Yahoo! News today released additional results of the national political survey produced for them by Langer Research Associates; and our latest ABC News/Washington Post poll on views of the Obama and Romney campaigns was picked up this week by Politico, the Huffington Post and Yahoo! News, among others.
9/19/12: DRI-The Voice of the Defense Bar, the nation's leading association of civil defense lawyers, today released a random-sample national public opinion poll produced by Langer Research Associates on attitudes toward the U.S. system of civil jurisprudence. The results include self-assessments of potentially biased views of litigants, measures of public confidence in the civil law system and attitudes about class-action lawsuits, including personal experience with such cases. The survey finds broad preference for lawsuits to be tried by jury, buttressed by overwhelming acceptance among Americans of jury duty as a civic obligation. See the news release and full report here. The survey's been reported by Legal Times and the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin (firewalled).
9/19/12: Check here for the latest from our national political poll for Esquire and Yahoo! News. (Details below.) Great graphics!
9/13/12: Esquire magazine and Yahoo! News today released the first installment of their new national survey, produced by Langer Research Associates, taking a fresh look at political and social attitudes related to the 2012 election. Additional elements of the poll will be released in the weeks ahead. Beyond Esquire and Yahoo!, see the pickup in New York magazine, the Huffington Post, Politico, The Hill, the Christian Science Monitor, the Salt Lake Tribune, TPM and as far afield as Zee News in India.
9/12/12: Blue Shield of California Foundation has released "Empowerment and Engagement Among Low-Income Californians: Enhancing Patient-Centered Care," a detailed report by Langer Research Associates on attitudes toward health care delivery among poor and near-poor residents of the state. Extending findings reported earlier this summer on patient connectedness and continuity, the new study explores the central role of information and communication in achieving the goals of patient-centered care, presenting a unique, data-driven model of patient engagement, with implications for policy and practice.
Based on a statewide, random-sample survey of 1,024 low-income Californians age 19 to 64, the survey finds that well-informed patients are much more likely than others to be confident about taking an active role in their care decisions, to feel comfortable asking questions of their care providers and to report that they understand their providers' explanations. These elements - information, confidence, comfort asking questions and comprehension - are informed by the level of connectedness and continuity patients have with their care facility, and in turn predict patients' engagement in healthcare decisions.
The report extends research initiated by BSCF in summer 2011 with its publication of "On the Cusp of Change: The Healthcare Preferences of Low-Income Californians," and continued with this year's reports. All are available via the Foundation's website.
Coverage of the report includes pieces in CA Healthline, Modern Healthcare and HealthyCal, and we presented the findings Oct. 12 at the annual meeting of the California Primary Care Association in Burlingame, Ca.
8/28/12: We've inaugurated our MoE Machine, an online margin-of-error calculator designed by Langer Research Associates to assist data producers and empower data consumers in computing margins of sampling error in survey results. The program reports the MoE for any sample size, as well as the differences in a single sample, or in two independent samples, needed to achieve statistical significance. It allows for the inclusion of the design effect caused by weighting, an element of sampling error often disregarded in publicly released surveys. See it here, or click MOE in the menu bar on our homepage.
8/8/12: Clients have asked our views on two areas of current interest in survey research - the use of social media to estimate public opinion, and the reliability of data produced from opt-in online panels of suvrey respondents. We summarize our conclusions, with extensive source references, in two new, publicly released briefing papers from Langer Research Associates - Social Media and Public Opinion and Opt-in Online Surveys.
7/9/12: Blue Shield of California Foundation today released "Connectedness and Continuity: Patient-Provider Relationships Among Low-Income Californians," a survey produced by Langer Research Associates examining low-income Californians' preferences in healthcare relationships and experiences with alternative models of care. Expanding on last year's BSCF study, "On the Cusp of Change," the survey reveals the importance of personal, ongoing healthcare relationships and demonstrates the extent to which new approaches, including team-based care and the increased use of technology, can achieve this connectedness, producing more satisfed and self-reliant patients beyond the confines of the traditional doctor-patient model. See Blue Shield of California Foundation's news release here, and the full report here.
June and July 2012: We've seen substantial news media pickup of our ongoing ABC News/Washington Post favorability polls, including(beyond ABC and the Post) recent mention in The Telegraph of London, Slate, Politico, The New York Times, The Des Moines Register, the Christian Science Monitor, The Hill, and the San Francisco Examiner, among many others.
5/29-30/12: Businessweek's Peter Coy explained our Bloomberg Consumer Confidence Index here, and our latest ABC News/Washington Post favorability report received coverage from The New York Times, the New York Post, The Hill and Huffington Post, among others.
5/22-25/12: Politico's Mike Allen cited our analysis of the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll on the 2012 election as "the story that matters most today." Beyond reporting by ABC and the Post, we've had other pickup of the poll this week in outlets including The Los Angeles Times, CNN, The National Journal, The Village Voice, Huffington Post, The New York Times and many others. Ron Brownstein of The National Journal dug in with his usual alacrity, here; and Gary Langer discussed the results on Public Radio International's "To the Point" with Warren Olney, here.
5/21/12: D3 Systems and the Afghan Center for Socio-economic and Opinion Research (ACSOR) today released the third wave of Afghan Futures, an ongoing national survey of public attitudes in Afghanistan, with analysis by Langer Research Associates. See the report here.
5/17-20/12: Langer Research Associates contributed four presentations to this year's annual conference of the American Association for Public Opinion Research in Orlando, Florida. Among them, Research Analyst Gregory Holyk and Eran Ben-Porath of Social Science Research Solutions presented "Sampling Low-Income Californians to Assess their Healthcare Preferences," prepared by Research Analyst Julie Phelan with Holyk, Ben-Porath, Gary Langer and David Dutwin of SSRS. The paper presented our innovative approach to sampling the hard-to-reach population of Californians with incomes less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level, as well as substantive findings of that project for Blue Shield of California Foundation.
Additionally, Langer presented "The 2012 Republican Primaries and the Campaign Ahead," prepared with Research Analyst Damla Ergun, Holyk and Patrick Moynihan of Harvard University (see the National Journal coverage here); "Survey Standards in Academia: A Look Behind the Ivy" (at the luncheon meeting of the Association of Academic Survey Research Organizations); and "In Defense of Probability: Are the Times a'Changing?" Langer served as discussant at another AAPOR session, and Ergun and Holyk chaired sessions.
May/April 2012: A May 15 piece in The Los Angles Times cited Research Analyst Damla Ergun's report on our ABC News/Washington Post poll on attitudes toward President Obama's position on gay marriage. Recent coverage of our Bloomerg Consumer Comfort Index, meanwhile, includes this May 17 report on the investment website Seeking Alpha and this April 28 piece in Live Trading News.
4/26/12: The Washington Post today cited Research Analyst Gregory Holyk's work on attitudes toward the United Nations, citing Greg's "meticulously catalogued" article on the subject in the spring 2010 issue of Public Opinion Quarterly.
4/20/12: New York Times columnist Charles Blow made extensive use of our ABC News/Washington Post polling data and analysis in this op-ed on the gap between Barack Obama's favorability and job approval ratings, particularly among single men.
Recent presentations by Gary Langer have included invited lectures at Duke University on April 18, co-hosted by the Duke Initiative on Survey Methodology and the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy; on March 29 to the Research+Analytics division of ESPN, on data quality in survey research; on March 27 to graduate students in journalism at the City University of New York; and on Feb. 7 to the national reporting class at the Columbia University School of Journalism.
4/11/12: Our latest ABC/Post poll has been picked up by the American Bar Association Journal, Bloomberg, The Chicago Tribune, CNN, Fox News, The Hill, The Los Angeles Times, The National Journal, New York Daily News, PBS, Politico, Salon, Talking Points Memo and Vanity Fair, among others.
4/9/12: D3 Systems and the Afghan Center for Socio-Economic and Opinion Research today released the second wave of their ongoing Afghan Futures project, examining the course of public attitudes in Afghanistan on issues including security, political sentiment and women's rights. The latest results find a growing sense that the Taliban have become more moderate and broad support for a negotiated settlement - even if that means ceding government control of some provinces. Langer Research Associates analyzed the data and wrote the report, available here.
4/4/12: Coverage of our latest ABC/Post favorability poll looking at the popularity of four tech giants - Google, Apple, Facebook and Twitter - includes stories at AppleInsider, The Atlantic, Bloomberg's Tech Blog, CNET, CNN, Huffington Post, MediaBistro, TechNewsWorld and ZDNet.
3/14/12: Hear Gary Langer's discussion today of the results of the latest Republican presidential primaries on Public Radio International's "To the Point" with Warren Olney, here.
2/22/12: Blue Shield of California Foundation has published a series of issue briefs prepared by Langer Research Associates reporting on health care experiences and attitudes among poor and near-poor Californians. The four briefs elaborate on findings from our full report, "On the Cusp of Change: The Healthcare Preferences of Low-Income Californians," published by the Foundation in June 2011.
One issue brief focuses on views among patients of Community Clinics and Health Centers in the state; another, on public clinic patients; and a third, on the private patient population. The fourth brief analyzes key differences across regions of the state. See them here.
Results of the full "On the Cusp of Change" study have been widely discussed by healthcare providers and policy makers in California and beyond as traditional safety net providers prepare for the new health care marketplace under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Langer Research Associates and our field work partner, Social Science Research Solutions, will present our approach to the sampling challenges the study raised, as well as an overview of findings, at the annual conference of the American Association for Public Opinion Research in Orlando, Florida, in May.
2/8/12: The United Nations Development Programme has published an extensive report by Langer Research Associates on public attitudes toward the police in Afghanistan. The Police Perception Survey, commissioned by the UNDP Law and Order Trust Fund for Afghanistan, provides a detailed examination of public impressions of the Afghan National Police across a range of measures, include statistical modeling of the predictors of support for the police force and confidence in its abilities. Field work was carried out by the Afghan Center for Socio-economic and Opinion Research in Kabul, a subsidiary of D3 Systems in Vienna, Va. Langer Research Associates conducted an in-depth literature review on attitudes toward policing, consulted on the questionnaire design, analyzed the data and wrote the report. See it here.
2/7/12: Coverage of our latest ABC News/Washington Post poll (beyond ABC and the Post) has included a pair of pieces by the estimable Ron Brownstein at the National Journal, here and here, as well as pickup at Politico, Salon, The Atlantic and RealClearPolitics, among others.
1/25/12: Hear our analysis of the president's State of the Union address on The Wall Street Journal's political webcast, and see our summary of public opinion heading into the event for ABCNews.com here. Gary Langer also discussed the SOTU on Public Radio International's "To the Point" with Warren Olney; he appeared on "To the Point" earlier in the month to discuss the Iowa caucuses and the state of the presidential election, here. Our polling for ABC News this month has been picked up by other news organizations including PBS, The Atlantic and USA Today, here and here.
12/26/11: Our polling this month for ABC News has been picked up by other media outlets including The New York Times (here and here), the Los Angeles Times, Business Week, U.S. News and World Report, United Press International, Univision, Time magazine, the International Business Times and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
11//15/11: We've seen pickup of our November polling for ABC News by news organizations including Agence France-Presse, The Wall Street Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, The Atlantic, National Public Radio, The Hill and RealClearPolitics.
10/5/11: See Gary Langer's discussion of the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll on the 2012 election on ABC's "Topline" with Amy Walter and Rick Klein. Pickup of the poll beyond ABC and the Post included pieces by RealClearPolitics, Investors.com, the Los Angeles Times, CNN, the Houston Chronicle and many others, as far afield as the Times of India.
9/20/11: Gary Langer was a guest today on Warren Olney's "To the Point" program on Public Radio International, participating in a segment titled "Has Obama Taken a Combative New Turn?" Fellow guests included Binyamin Appelbaum of The New York Times, author Ron Suskind, Byron York of the Washington Examiner and Larry Sabato of the University of Virginia.
9/9/11: Our latest ABC News/Washington Post poll was widely covered this week. Beyond ABC and the Post, results of the survey were reported by The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, CBS News, The Atlantic, The Hill and many others.
8/3/11: Research Analyst Gregory Holyk has been published in a pair of peer-reviewed academic journals this summer, contributing the article "Paper Tiger: Chinese Soft Power in East Asia" to the summer 2011 issue of Political Science Quarterly, and "Individual-Level Predictors of Leader and Public Support for the Use of Force" to the summer 2011 issue of the International Journal of Public Opinion Research. Holyk also contributed a chapter on "Asian Perceptions of American Soft Power," co-authored with Marshall Bouton, to an edited volume entitled "Public Diplomacy and Soft Power in East Asia," and a chapter to the "Oxford Handbook of American Public Opinion and Media," co-authored with Doris Graber, on "The News Industry." The edited volumes were published in March and June, respectively.
7/18/11: Gary Langer shared a news Emmy nomination today with a group of ABC News producers, analysts and correspondents responsible for "Vote 2010," ABC's 2010 election-night coverage. The nomination, for Outstanding Live Coverage of a Current News Story, is Langer's ninth since 2004. Langer directed ABC's election-night Analysis Desk, analyzing and reporting on exit poll results. The 2010 analysis team included Mollyann Brodie, Claudia Deane, Rich Morin, Patrick Moynihan, Julie Phelan, David Tully and Darya Isham.
7/14/11: Health Affairs magazine posted an item today covering the Washington, D.C., presentation of our survey of low-income Californians for Blue Shield of California Foundation (see item below). See also this commentary on our BSCF survey by Dr. Ricky Choi, a CCHC physician in Oakland, Ca., published July 21 on SFGate, the San Francisco Chronicle website.
6/15/11: Blue Shield of California Foundation today released an extensive statewide survey by Langer Research Associates measuring the healthcare preferences of low-income Californians. BSCF's news release introduced our highly detailed, 120-page report as follows:
"With the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, millions of low-income Californians will have access to coverage through Medi-Cal expansion or through the newly created Health Benefits Exchange. Little is known about what this population needs or wants as they become integrated into the healthcare delivery system as individuals with health insurance. A new Blue Shield of California Foundation statewide survey of low-income adults provides fresh insights into how Californians below 200 percent of the federal poverty level might take advantage of the health coverage expansion provided through national health reform. The results of this study, conducted by Langer Research Associates, have major implications for how community clinics and other safety net providers adapt to meet this population’s expectation of improved coverage, greater choice, and better quality."
See the full study here.
6/14/11: Gary Langer participated in a panel discussion of the June 13 New Hampshire debate among Republican presidential candidates on the Public Radio International program "To the Point" with Warren Olney; hear it here.
6/10/11: Our latest ABC News/Washington Post poll was covered this week by numerous media outlets and publications including the National Journal, Politico, Huffington Post, PBS, Fox News, Bloomberg, NPR and The Telegraph.
5/12-15/11: At the annual conference of the American Association for Public Opinion Research this week we're giving a paper by Julie E. Phelan and Gary Langer on the concurrent and predictive validity of the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index, as well as presentations on the 2010 midterm elections and public opinion in Yemen. Gary Langer also served as moderator of the conference's plenary session on immigration, with panelists Henry Cisneros, former HUD secretary and mayor of San Antonio; Prof. Rodolpho de la Garza of Columbia University; and Frank Newport of the Gallup Organization.
4/20/11: Our new ABC News/Washington Post poll has received coverage this week from news outlets including the National Journal, Politico, The Atlantic, The Hill, CNN and Fox News - as well as, naturally, ABC and the Post themselves.
4/4/11: Click here for details of Gary Langer's presentation of polling intelligence from Yemen and Afghanistan at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., with links to video of the talk, PowerPoint slides and a separate interview on polling standards with Tony Cordesman, CSIS Burke Chair in Strategy.
3/16/11: Our latest ABC News/Washington Post poll has been covered this week by publications including USA Today, The Christian Science Monitor, Politico, Agence France-Presse and Politics Daily, and Gary Langer discussed the results on Public Radio International's "To the Point" with Warren Olney.
3/7/11: Our evaluation of the problematic sampling approach in the latest survey by the National Sleep Foundation was reported today by the medical site MedPathToday.
2/15/11: We announced an exclusive licensing agreement today in which Bloomberg News will distribute the newly branded Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index, owned and produced by Langer Research Associates. In addition to weekly public release of results via Bloomberg's terminal and news services, more granular data from this rich, 25-year ongoing survey will be made available via subscription, and Langer Research is available separately for custom analytical services.
2/3/11: The United Nations Development Programme today released its latest national survey of Afghans' attitudes about the national police force. We consulted on the questionnaire design, analyzed the data and wrote the report, with field work by our colleagues at the Afghan Center for Socio-economic and Opinion Research in Kabul. The study received wide coverage.
1/12/11: Congratulations to Jon Krosnick of Stanford University on his election as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Prof. Krosnick was selected for this honor on the basis
12/9/10: Click here to see Gary Langer's presentation, "Probability Sampling, Convenience Sampling and the Future of Survey Research," at the plenary session of the annual meeting of the Pacific Chapter of the American Association for Public Opinion Research today in San Francisco.
12/1/10: Check here for the ABC News announcement of our sixth national public opinion poll in Afghanistan, released 12/6/10.
Other recent news pickup of our work (outside ABC News coverage):
-The Washington Post's p.1 story on its national canvass of Tea Party associations, with project management and consulting by Langer Research Associates, 10/24/10.
-Our Afghanistan poll analysis is mentioned in Chapter 21 of Bob Woodward's new book, released 9/27/10.
-An appearance on KPCC, Southern California Public Radio, on alleged hyprocrisy in public attitudes on government spending, 9/3/10.
Our work is informed by the rigor of our methods, acuity of our analysis and integrity of our approach. We’re gratified that the outcome of our efforts has been recognized with praise from clients and colleagues alike.
"Gary Langer, who is our great pollster…"
Former ABC News Anchor Peter Jennings, "Larry King Live," 9/13/02
"When Gary Langer talks, the White House listens.”
Former ABC News Anchor Ted Koppel, "Nightline," 9/2/04
“No one I know can write polls so cleanly, read them so accurately and speak about them so clearly.”
ABC News Anchor George Stephanopoulos
“There is no one in the media who understands public opinion better than Gary Langer.”
ABC News Correspondent Cokie Roberts
2011 Emmy nomination, Outstanding Live Coverage of a Current News Story, for "Vote 2010" election night coverage, Nov. 2, 2010.
2010 Emmy nomination, Outstanding Continuing Coverage of a News Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast, for "Afghanistan: Where Things Stand" and "Iraq: Where Things Stand," February and March, 2009.
2010 Policy Impact Award, American Association for Public Opinion Research, for Iraq and Afghanistan polls, 2004-2009.
2009 Emmy nominations, Best Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast and Outstanding Continuing Coverage of a News Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast, for “Iraq: Where Things Stand,” March 2008.
2008 Iowa-Gallup Award for Excellent Journalism Using Polls (University of Iowa School of Journalism and the Gallup Organization), for “The Numbers” blog.
2008 Emmy award, Best Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast, and nomination, Outstanding Continuing Coverage of a News Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast, for “Iraq: Where Things Stand,” March 2007.
2006 Excellence in Media Coverage of Polls Award from the National Council on Public Polls, for “Afghanistan: Where Things Stand” and “Iraq: Where Things Stand.”
2005 Emmy award, Best Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast, and nomination, Outstanding Continuing Coverage of a News Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast, for “Iraq: Where Things Stand,” March 2004.
2005 Iowa-Gallup Award for Excellent Journalism Using Polls (University of Iowa School of Journalism and the Gallup Organization), for “Afghanistan: Where Things Stand” and “Iraq: Where Things Stand.”
2004 Emmy nomination, Outstanding Continuing Coverage of a News Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast, for “Critical Condition: Healthcare in America,” October 2003.
2002 DuPont/Columbia Award (shared) for ABC News coverage of 9/11.