Elon University students have always immersed themselves in the American democratic process, from polling state residents to covering elections for student media to interning at national convetions through The Washington Center. In 2012, with national attention that remains focused on North Carolina as a swing state in the presidential election, the university will again play a role in fostering conversations and educating others on matters of critical importance to the region and beyond.

This website serves as a hub of stories, resources, information and more for students, faculty and staff searching for ways to get involved in the political process, journalists seeking expert commentary, and citizens who want to learn more about the political forces shaping their lives.

Elon University Poll and the 2012 Elections

Elon Poll releases results at Charlotte news conference

The results of an Elon University Poll were released at a Sept. 3, 2012, news conference in Charlotte, N.C., just prior to the opening of the Democratic National Convention. The poll was conducted in partnership with The Charlotte Observer and The News & Observer.

FULL NEWS RELEASE

READ ABOUT THE PANEL of distinguished political analysts and journalists who reacted to the poll results. Panelists included CNN's David Gergen, Charlie Cook of the Cook Political Report, Domenico Montanaro of NBC News, Anita Kumar of McClatchy Newspapers, Taylor Batten of the Charlotte Observer and Rob Christensen of The News & Observer.

VIDEO OF THE PANEL ANALYSIS OF THE POLL RESULTS

VIDEO OF THE ELON POLL NEWS CONFERENCE

News

In My Words: 'Sleeping giant’ shapes American politics
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NYT columnist: 'Daddy issues' define presidential candidates
Pulitzer Prize-winner Maureen Dowd on Nov. 7 shared insights into the men who campaign for the highest office in the land.
Elon political experts featured across North Carolina
Faculty and staff from the Department of Political Science and Public Administration offered live television analysis of 2012 election results.
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