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What Does the 2014 Election Mean for the Future? - Nov. 6

Join Elon political scientists two days after the election to discuss the policy implications of a new United States Congress.

Elon Poll: In a close race for U.S. Senate, images and ballot order matter

The Elon University Poll, for the first time in its history, used an online survey to ask registered voters about their impressions of North Carolina's U.S. Senate candidates this fall while measuring the way name ordering on ballots might affect support for major party nominees.

Elon Poll: Hagan leads Tillis with wide gender gap among likely voters

Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan holds a small edge in a bid to retain her seat this fall against challenger Thom Tillis, speaker of North Carolina's House of Representatives and one of the state's most powerful Republican leaders.

Political expert: In 2014, 'thumb on the scale' favors GOP

Charlie Cook, one of the nation’s most respected political commentators, told an Elon University audience Wednesday that historical and demographic trends favor a Republican takeover of the U.S. Senate this fall - but the GOP shouldn’t be too giddy as 2016 looks to be a blessing for Democrats.

In My Words: The numbers on mental health

Following the suicide of actor and comedian Robin Williams, Assistant Professor Jason Husser examines survey data on American attitudes toward mental health and calls for more efforts to be made to remove the stigma of depression.

Jason Husser talks polling on WUNC's 'The State of Things'

The assistant professor of political science and assistant director of the Elon University Poll was a program guest on Friday, July 18, 2014.

Jason Husser speaks with WFMY News 2 about federal lawsuit

The assistant professor of political science and assistant director of the Elon University Poll offered an analysis of a federal lawsuit to prohibit the state from implementing a new voter ID law.

Washington Post blog publishes guest column from Jason Husser

The assistant professor of political science and assistant director of the Elon University Poll penned a May 8 viewpoint analyzing the way in which North Carolina's Republican-controlled legislature might inadvertently boost Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan's reelection bid.

Elon Poll: Residents more upbeat about N.C. with mixed views on social issues

Nearly half of respondents in the latest Elon University Poll say the minimum wage should be at least $10 per hour, more people than not believe access to abortion should be made less difficult, and the state is still generally sour about "Obamacare."

Elon Poll: Kay Hagan’s approval stalls as Thom Tillis grows name recognition

A top Republican in North Carolina politics has bolstered his visibility leading up to a May 6 primary where the GOP will elect a candidate to challenge Democrat Kay Hagan for her U.S. Senate seat this fall.

Elon Poll: North Carolinians in the dark about 'sunshine' laws

Nearly two out of three respondents in the latest Elon University Poll are unaware that North Carolina laws exist to make many state government records open to inspection by residents.

Elon Poll: Approval ratings decline for president, governor, Congress, General Assembly, U.S. Senators

Registered voters in a November survey showed increasing dissatisfaction with many of their elected leaders and highlighted healthcare as the most important issue in the country.

News 14 Carolina interviews Jason Husser about GOP split

The assistant professor of political science spoke with North Carolina's statewide cable news channel about visible disagreements among members of the Republican Party.

Kenneth Fernandez discusses Elon Poll with media

Several regional news sources, including News 14 Carolina and the Associated Press, reported on findings from an Elon University Poll conducted in September 2013.

Sign up now to work for the Elon Poll

Shifts are open from Sept. 13-16 inside the Gray Pavilion in the Academic Village.

Jason Husser speaks with WFMY News 2 on nuke plant safety

The assistant professor of political science offered a word of caution about a recent academic report calling for enhanced security at U.S. nuclear plants.

In My Words: Don’t let a sensational trial convict our whole justice system

The acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin  sparked cries of a broken system from many Americans, but Assistant Professor Kenneth Fernandez warns about the risks of possible court reforms.

In My Words: Ignore the hype, for North Carolina’s future is strong

The New York Times and other national media outlets have recently published opinions critical of the state, but Assistant Professor Jason Husser counters that the best is yet to come in North Carolina.

Elon students active in National Campaign eligible for new Harvard graduate scholarship

Beginning in 2014, the John C. Culver Institute of Politics Scholarship will be awarded annually with full tuition toward a graduate degree at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.

In My Words: The first steps toward healing involve remembering

Assistant Professor Jason Husser writes in a newspaper column about his childhood home's plan to honor a black sheriff's deputy slain in the 1960s.

In My Words: Rethink what you know about 'the South'

A Winter Term course with International Fellows inspired Assistant Professor Jason Husser to explain why stereotypes can hurt a region.

Elon University in the News - Winter Term 2013
Faculty, students and staff continue making headlines for their research interests, service efforts and professional accomplishments.
Professors answer questions about the Pope
Faculty say Pope Benedict XVI’s abdication this month is a major event in global history and may impact religion & politics in the U.S.
Sign-ups now open for upcoming Elon Poll
Elon students can volunteer to call North Carolina residents later this month as the Elon University Poll holds its first survey of the spring.
In My Words: We're all to blame for cliff diving
Assistant Professor Jason Husser uses a newspaper guest column to suggest ways for Americans to foster cooperation in Washington.
In My Words: Laughing at ‘secession’ misses the bigger problem
In a newspaper column, Assistant Professor Jason Husser explains the discontent that compels people to push for independence from the United States.
In My Words: 'Sleeping giant’ shapes American politics
Kenneth Fernandez, director of the Elon University Poll, looks ahead to future elections and the role Latino voters will play in deciding outcomes.
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.
Kenneth Fernandez discusses Latino voters with News 14 Carolina
The new director of the Elon University Poll helped with analysis of a keynote speaker for the Democratic National Convention.
Elon Poll: Presidential race a dead heat in N.C.
President Barack Obama's support comes from youth, women; former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is backed by men & older voters.
Speakers discuss influence of religion on politics
The CEO of a nonpartisan institute on faith & public life was joined Oct. 10 by an Elon professor to share insights as the elections approach.
Lively student group gathers to watch presidential debate
About 60 students came together on Oct. 3 to assess the candidates and talk about Campaign 2012.
Elon Poll now recruiting student callers
The Elon University Poll will conduct a survey of North Carolina voters from Oct. 21-26, 2012.
Panel offers insight into Elon Poll results
A panel of political analysts and journalists said the North Carolina electorate's dynamics indicate it will lean toward Mitt Romney in November.
Charlotte event offered unique experience for students
A dozen Elon students attended a Sept. 3 Elon University Poll press conference and panel discussion with political experts and journalists.
Elon Poll: Romney leads in N.C. as DNC begins
With Democrats visiting Charlotte for their party's convention, Republican challenger Mitt Romney leads Barack Obama in North Carolina.
Elon launches special 2012 elections website
A new resource shares information on ways Elon University is engaging the community in the 2012 elections.
Elon joins with TurboVote to make voting easy
Elon students can still register and then vote absentee in their home states - all with a few clicks of the mouse.
Special Elon Poll now recruiting student callers
The Elon University Poll will conduct a special survey starting the weekend before the first day of class.
Elon Poll: Romney trails Obama in favorability in N.C.
Conducted April 22-25, the latest Elon University Poll asked about presidential candidates, campaign finance laws and "The Buffett Rule."
Elon Poll: Two years later, N.C. sour on health care law
More state residents believe the law known as "Obamacare" will eventually make the U.S. health care system worse than it is today.
Elon University in the News - Early Spring 2012
Faculty research on the Internet and North Carolina political developments earned Elon significant media attention in recent weeks.
Elon University in the News - Winter Term 2012
Media turned often in recent weeks to faculty for analysis of North Carolina politics and a rising tide against Internet regulation, among other issues.
John Robinson joins Elon University Poll team
The former editor of the News & Record in Greensboro will serve as director of communications. Follow the poll on Twitter: @elonpoll
Mileah Kromer featured guest on NC Now
Assistant Professor Mileah Kromer, assistant director of the Elon University Poll, was a guest on the Nov. 15 statewide broadcast of the news magazine program.
Mileah Kromer honored by Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Mileah Kromer, assistant professor of political science and assistant director of the Elon University Poll, was honored Nov. 7 by Indiana University of Pennsylvania, her alma mater, with a Young Alumni Achievement Award.
Elon Poll: State residents divided on OWS movement
Pollsters asked about protests against banks, as well as the Tea Party and a proposed N.C. amendment banning same-sex marriage.
Students excel at human rights law moot court contest
Three Elon students won top awards last week for their performance in the moot court competition at the 4th annual International Human Rights Law Summer Study in Vilnius, Lithuania, a program co-sponsored by the university’s Center for Public Affairs.
Mileah Kromer & the Elon University Poll make national headlines
North Carolina's role as a presidential battleground state in 2012 has brought the Elon University Poll added attention from national reporters.
Center for Leadership returns to Lithuania for summer program
The Elon University Center for Leadership, in cooperation with the university's Center for Public Affairs, took part this summer in a series of workshops and training events at the 5th annual International Human Rights Law Summer Study Program in Vilnius, Lithuania.
Lumen Scholar explores trends with North Carolina voters
Historically, North Carolina has voted Republican in presidential elections, but many political observers were surprised two years ago when President Barack Obama won the Tar Heel State. Elon University senior McKenzie Young investigated the factors behind the state’s recent voting behavior, and her work is the latest to be featured in a series of E-net profiles on Lumen Scholars in the Class of 2011.
Students and faculty present findings at Study Abroad Forum
From a panel discussion on international human rights law to a research presentation on freedom of press in Sri Lanka, the inaugural Study Abroad Forum held in the Moseley Center on Tuesday evening allowed students and faculty who have traveled overseas to celebrate their academic achievements.
Hunter Bacot speaks on panel for North Carolina FreeEnterprise Foundation
Associate professor Hunter Bacot joined with leading political scientists in North Carolina on Oct. 19 for a panel discussion on the 2010 elections, an event in Raleigh, N.C., sponsored by the North Carolina FreeEnterprise Foundation.
Betty Morgan and Eric Fink present workshop on legal issues in internships
Betty Morgan, an associate professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration and director of the Elon Center for Public Affairs, and Eric Fink, Jennings Professor of Law and Emerging Scholar at the Elon University School of Law, presented a pre-conference workshop on Legal Issues in Internships and Experiential Learning for the National Society of Experiential Education in early October.
Elon Poll: N.C. residents split on Obama’s performance
North Carolinians are evenly divided on the way President Barack Obama is handling his job as president, according to the latest Elon University Poll. Nearly half of poll respondents favored an end to tax cuts for households making more than $250,000 a year but keeping cuts in place for everyone else.
Political analyst shares insights on 2010 elections
Less than two years after President Barack Obama won office with a tidal wave of voter support for the Democratic Party, Republicans are on the verge of their own historic movement and will likely reclaim majority status in at least one chamber of Congress, according to a national political analyst who visited campus this week for a series of classroom and public events.
Elon leadership program returns to Lithuania
The Elon Center for Leadership, in cooperation with the Elon Center for Public Affairs, has concluded its first series of summer workshops and training events at the 4th annual International Human Rights Law Summer Study in Vilnius, Lithuania.
Mileah Kromer quoted by Scripps Howard Foundation Wire on social media
Mileah Kromer, an assistant professor of political science and assistant director of the Elon University Poll, spoke at length with the Scripps Howard Foundation Wire this month on the role of social media in American elections.
Hunter Bacot speaks with News 14 Carolina on Highway Patrol
Elon University Poll director Hunter Bacot spoke with News 14 Carolina on July 9 on recent controversies in the North Carolina State Highway Patrol and how Gov. Bev Perdue has handled the public relations fallout.
Hunter Bacot speaks with regional media on U.S. Senate race
Elon University Poll director Hunter Bacot spoke at length in June with NBC17 in Raleigh, N.C., and with the national news organization Real Clear Politics about the challenges faced by Democrats in unseating U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., in November.
Hunter Bacot speaks at N.C. Association for County Commissioners’ “Assembly Day”
Hunter Bacot, an associate professor of political science and director of the Elon University Poll, spoke May 19 at the North Carolina Association for County Commissioners’ “Assembly Day.”
Elon Poll: N.C. residents say religion is losing influence on American life
Two-thirds of North Carolinians believe that religion is losing influence on American life, compared with about 24 percent who believe religion is gaining influence, according to the latest Elon University Poll. Nearly 65 percent say there should be no requirement for elected officials to believe in God.
Larry Vellani quoted in new publication
Larry Vellani, director of corporate and foundation relations, is quoted in a new publication by Katha Kissman. “Trouble at the Top: The Nonprofit Board’s Guide to Managing an Imperfect Chief Executive” is the latest offering in a special series published by BoardSource, Inc.
Hunter Bacot talks with News 14 Carolina on latest Elon Poll
Hunter Bacot, an associate professor of political science and director of the Elon University Poll, spoke with News 14 Carolina on Oct. 30 moments after the release of the latest poll results measuring North Carolina attitudes on political leaders in Washington.
Mileah Kromer speaks with News 14 Carolina on Elon Poll
Mileah Kromer, an assistant professor of political science and assistant director of the Elon University Poll, spoke with News 14 Carolina this week for an interview on the upcoming Charlotte mayoral and city council elections.
Elon Poll: Mecklenburg Co. residents support light rail, upbeat on economy
Widening existing roads and improving public transportation are what Mecklenburg County residents believe are the most effective ways to combat traffic congestion, according to the latest Elon University Poll, and two thirds of respondents support the expansion of light rail options throughout the county.
Elon Poll: Charlotte mayoral race remains wide open
Half the citizens of Mecklenburg County believe their community has gotten off on the wrong track, and though more than two thirds of Charlotte residents in the latest Elon University Poll believe the upcoming mayoral and council elections are significant, no clear frontrunner has emerged in the race to replace outgoing Mayor Pat McCrory.
Elon leadership program initiates summer international experience
The Elon Center for Leadership, in cooperation with the Elon Center for Public Affairs, has concluded its first series of summer workshops and training events at the ISM University of Management and Economics in Vilnius, Lithuania.
Elon students earn honors at International Human Rights Law Moot Court Competition
Two Elon University students and a 2009 alum won awards last week for their performance in a moot court competition at the 3rd annual International Human Rights Law Summer Study in Vilnius, Lithuania, a program co-sponsored by the university’s Center for Public Affairs.
Vellani leads national discussion on opportunities in a struggling economy
Hunter Bacot cited in RealClearPolitics article
The nationally acclaimed political web site RealClearPolitics quoted Hunter Bacot, director of the Elon University Poll, in a June 3 article that examines North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr’s prospects for re-election in 2010.
Hunter Bacot speaks with News 14, regional media on Elon Poll
Hunter Bacot, an associate professor of political science and director of the Elon University Poll, was interviewed twice by News 14 Carolina in recent days about the latest poll findings on issues ranging from President Barack Obama's approval ratings in North Carolina and how residents feel about same-sex marriage.
Students honored in European moot court contest
Three Elon University students won awards this week for their performance in a moot court competition that capped a European program on international human rights attended by students from the United States, Belarus and Lithuania.
Bacot speaks with News 14 Carolina about Cabinet picks by Obama
Hunter Bacot, an associate professor of political science and director of the Elon University Poll, answered questions from News 14 Carolina on Nov. 14 regarding potential Cabinet selections by President-elect Barack Obama.
Elon Poll: North Carolinians displeased with tone of 2008 campaigns
North Carolina residents believe there has been more mudslinging and negative campaigning this election season than in previous years, although most say political ads have not been helpful in selecting a candidate to endorse, according to the latest Elon University Poll.
National and regional media interview Bacot on Elon Poll
Reporters from outlets such as the National Journal and the Associated Press interviewed Hunter Bacot, an associate professor of political science and director of the Elon University Poll, in recent days regarding public attitudes in North Carolina in the waning days of the 2008 election season.
Elon Poll: North Carolinians throwing support to Democratic Party
North Carolinians believe the Democratic Party is better able than the GOP to handle every major domestic policy issue facing the nation and now show greater levels of support for Democratic candidates in the presidential and U.S. Senate races this fall, according to the latest Elon University Poll.
Bacot, Elon Poll featured in News and Record

Elon University Poll director Hunter Bacot answered questions from the (Greensboro, N.C.) News & Record in a weekly segment published Oct. 26, 2008.

Bacot quoted in New York Times story on presidential race
Campus debate packs Whitley Auditorium
Elon University undergraduate and law students took the stage Wednesday night in a campus event that matched supporters of Republican Sen. John McCain and Democratic Sen. Barack Obama against each other for a presidential debate on issues chosen by their peers at a recent College Coffee.
Bacot analyzes Elon Poll results for News 14 Carolina
Elon National Campaign posts new clips to YouTube site
Elon Poll: Support mixed in N.C. for vouchers, stem cell research
Support for school vouchers in North Carolina remains mixed, with no majority of respondents in the latest Elon University Poll showing a strong inclination either for or against such a program.
Elon Poll: North Carolinians support financial sector bailout
Forty-eight percent of North Carolinians support the federal government’s efforts to assist banks and other financial institutions on the verge of collapse, according to the latest Elon University Poll, and more than half of respondents believe such aid will have a positive impact on the economy.
Elon Poll: North Carolinians blame GOP for economic woes
With nearly half of North Carolinians blaming the Republican Party for current economic conditions nationwide, levels of support for both the GOP and the Democratic Party in the 2008 presidential election have drawn even among those living in the Tar Heel State, according to the latest Elon University Poll.
Elon Poll: In N.C., GOP holds edge in presidential race
More than half of North Carolina residents have a favorable view of Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, whose marks are much higher than those of Democratic rival Sen. Barack Obama, according to the latest Elon University Poll.
Elon Poll: Two out of three N.C. residents support offshore oil drilling
A majority of North Carolinians support offshore oil drilling initiatives, and nearly four out of five respondents in the latest Elon University Poll believe that supplies should be available exclusively to people living in the United States – not sold to nations overseas.
Political engagement class posts first videos to Campus Voices
Bacot cited by regional media on Elon Poll results
Acclaimed political analyst weighs in on presidential election

Political analyst Charlie Cook predicted a “photo finish” in this year’s presidential election during his visit to Elon Monday in which he also weighed in on challenges for Democrat Barack Obama and the choice of Sarah Palin as the Republican vice presidential nominee.

Elon student contributes to CNN video at DNC
European civil society activist visits Elon campus
Harvard Institute urges changes to make youth voting easier
Elon students blogging from DNC in Denver
Bacot talks with News 14 Carolina about Edwards endorsement
Bacot discusses Elon Poll results live on News 14 Carolina
Elon Poll student volunteers interviewed for radio talk show
Winston-Salem Journal quotes Bacot on "electability" for Democrats
Christian Science Monitor uses Elon Poll in editorial column
L.A.Times reports on latest Elon University Poll