​The AP-NORC Center Update

​Welcome to the latest edition of The AP-NORC Center Update.

Announcing the UChicago Harris/AP-NORC Poll

Concerns About Vulnerability of the Election System are Widespread Ahead of the 2018 Midterms

The first survey conducted by a new partnership between the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy and The AP-NORC Center examines Americans’ views on the security and accuracy of the country's voting system heading into the 2018 midterm elections. The public's overall concern about the vulnerability of the election system to hackers has changed little since 2016, but there have been dramatic shifts in the relative opinions of Democrats and Republicans. Democrats have grown increasingly concerned about election security in the last two years while Republicans have grown more confident. Read more

The University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy and The AP-NORC Center Launch A New Polling Collaboration


The University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy and The AP-NORC Center are collaborating on a new series of surveys designed to inform the public debate and contribute to academic studies. Harris Public Policy faculty, NORC researchers, and AP editors and reporters will work collaboratively to develop survey questions and topics that will help advance public understanding and academic research of key policy issues facing the nation. Each poll will be conducted using the AmeriSpeak Omnibus®, a monthly multi-client survey using NORC's probability-based panel designed to be representative of the U.S. household population. The surveys will feature interviews with about 1,000 adults, and the interviews will be conducted online and by telephone. Read more

Our Latest Reports

The Role of Religion in Politics

As religion's role in politics and public policy is in the spotlight heading towards the midterm elections, few consider religion an important factor when deciding how to vote, nor do most think that religion should impact most policy issues, according to an AP-NORC Poll. However, there are large differences on views by religious identification; white evangelical Protestants are more likely than Catholics or white mainline Protestants to consider a candidate's religious beliefs important. Americans are more likely to say religion should have at least some influence on poverty (57 percent) than on issues like abortion (45 percent) or LGBT issues (34 percent). Read more

Trump's Trade Tariffs and Supreme Court Nominee

An AP-NORC Poll finds there is no consensus among the public when it comes to the new tariffs on imported goods that President Trump announced, with many differences of opinion along party lines. Forty percent oppose the tariffs and 38 percent are in favor. Jobs, prices, the environment, the health of American industries, and the United States' ability to compete in the global marketplace all rate as important considerations when negotiating trade agreements. There is also little agreement about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, with 25 percent favoring his confirmation, 29 percent opposing it, and 46 percent with no opinion. Read more

Border Enforcement: ICE and Family Separation

Asked how the Trump administration is doing in reuniting families separated at the border due to a "zero-tolerance" policy toward people entering the United States illegally, 58 percent say the administration is doing too little, 33 percent say it is doing the right amount, and 8 percent say it is doing too much. The August AP-NORC Poll reveals that in the wake of protests that call for abolishing ICE, few Americans support such a change. Just 24 percent of the public supports abolishing the agency, while 40 percent oppose and 34 percent have no opinion. Opinions on reuniting families and favorability of ICE fall strongly along party lines, though there are notably few differences regarding abolishing ICE. Read more

MTV/AP-NORC Political Pulse Poll 

Despite many economic indicators moving in a positive direction, young people age 15-26 and parents with children in this age group have mixed views on how the national economy and their personal finances will change over the next year. In the latest wave of the MTV/AP-NORC Center Youth Political Pulse surveys, few anticipate an improved national economy, though many expected their personal financial situation to get better. The survey also explores generational differences in overall social media usage and the impact social media has had on each generation, their families, and society in general. Read more

Seen and Heard

The Seattle Times, August 24: Findings from an AP-NORC survey on teacher pay and protests were cited in an analysis of a potential teachers' walkout in Seattle.

Bloomberg BNA, August 28: The Long-Term Care Poll on communication barriers faced by Hispanics in the health care system was mentioned the article, "Hospitals: Patients Who Don't Speak English Have Rights Too."

Vox, September 4: Results from The Center's survey about Brett Kavanaugh were featured in a polling roundup on the Supreme Court nominee's favorability.

The Washington Post, September 18: The article, "The Finance 202: Trump's tariffs on Chinese imports are about to get personal," cited Americans' level of approval of how President Trump is handling trade negotiations.

New Faces of The AP-NORC Center

KSimmons2.jpgTomas Okal joined The AP-NORC Center on July 9th as a Research Analyst. He recently graduated with a Master’s Degree in Political Science and International Relations from the School of Public and International Relations at the University of Georgia where he also worked as a Research Assistant. Tom is a big fan of watching and playing tennis and enjoys travel and photography. His account is @tomasokal.

Recently Released Data Set

After about six months or so, The AP-NORC Center makes its data sets available to the public. Once released, data sets are available on the individual survey's project page.

Surveys with recently released data sets are:

The data and documentation are also donated to the polling archive at the Roper Center for Public Opinion at Cornell University.