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About Drew Gold

Drew Gold, associate professor of management, has been appointed the polling institute’s executive director. Dr. Gold earned his undergraduate degree in finance from The Ohio State University and a Ph.D. in strategy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before joining Saint Leo’s Donald R. Tapia School of Business, he recently served on the faculty at the University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business in its management science department for four years. Dr. Gold has worked with companies of various sizes for the last 20 years, advising them on a variety of strategic, technology, and management-related issues.

American Catholics Render Opinions on Priesthood, Pope Francis, and Newest Saints in Latest Survey

A new survey by the Saint Leo University Polling Institute reveals that many American Catholics say they would favor change in church policy to allow priests to marry, and to permit women to become priests. At the same time, American Catholics continue to give high approval ratings to Pope Francis, and to the late Pope John Paul II (1920-2005) and the late Pope John XXIII (1881-1963), both of whom were installed as Catholic saints on April 27.

The responses were collected as part of a national online survey conducted from May 28 to June 4. The survey allowed the 1,016 respondents to identify themselves as Catholics (249) or non-Catholics (753), with a handful not fitting into either group. The survey delved into American public sentiment regarding the practices of the Roman Catholic Church, and the public’s views of Church leadership.

It turns out that Catholics, by 60 percent, said the Catholic Church should allow priests to marry. American Catholics responding this way were only 6 percentage points below non-Catholics, at 66 percent, and 4 percent below the blended general population, at 64 percent. Nearly a quarter of American Catholics said priests should not be allowed to marry, however, and 16 percent were unsure or didn’t know.

Specifically, the survey asked:

Should the Catholic Church allow priests to get married, or not?

Entire Base
Catholics
non-Catholics

64%
Yes
60
66

13%
No
24
9

23%
Don’t know / not sure
16
25

 

More than half of American Catholics polled also said they favor ordaining women as priests, at 58 percent. Those Catholics who said the Catholic Church should not ordain women accounted for 26 percent of respondents, with 16 percent unsure.

The survey asked:

Should the Catholic Church allow women to become priests, or not?

Entire Base
Catholics
non-Catholics

61%
Yes
58
61

20%
No
26
18

19%
Don’t know/unsure
16
20

 

Michael Anthony Novak, assistant professor of theology and religion at Saint Leo […]

By |June 17th, 2014|Institute|0 Comments

Many Americans View High Court Decision Making With Some Skepticism

Americans Conflicted on Cases Involving Religion
As the U.S. Supreme Court wraps up its annual session, a survey conducted by the Saint Leo University Polling Institute revealed that many Americans doubt whether the court decides cases based strictly on the U.S. Constitution. Further, Americans revealed divided opinions on high-profile Supreme Court cases involving the intersection of religion and governance.

A majority of those surveyed say the U.S. Supreme Court is influenced by political considerations when it hears and decides cases, according to an online national survey. Only 30 percent say the court decides cases strictly on its interpretation of the Constitution. The survey base of more than 1,000 was narrowed to the 802 respondents who identified themselves as “likely voters” for questions specifically about the Supreme Court.

Likely voters were asked: “Which comes closest to your view about how the United States Supreme Court hears and decides cases?”

Total
Possible Responses
R
I
D

30 %
The Supreme Court hears and decides cases based strictly on its interpretation of the Constitution and is not influenced by political considerations.
26
22
41

53 %
The Supreme Court is influenced by political considerations when it hears and decides cases.
53
63
43

17 %
Don’t know / not sure
20
15
16

 
Independents (I) were the most likely to believe the court is affected by politics, at 63 percent. A majority of Republicans (R) at 53 percent and a plurality of Democrats (D) at 43 percent agreed.

Voters were asked their opinions about specific issues before the court this term, including two cases touching on religion and governance.

The first case involved civic meetings and opening prayers. Earlier this year, in the case involving the Town of Greece (NY) v. Galloway, the court upheld the constitutionality of allowing government bodies to open meetings with a prayer, a point of view that a majority […]

By |June 12th, 2014|Institute|1 Comment

Florida Presidential Primary Preview: Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush Florida Favorites

Clinton Carries Florida vs All GOP Nominees – Except Jeb
Florida Democrats are ready to make Hillary Clinton their party’s nominee for president, and Clinton would carry Florida in the general election against all but one potential Republican opponent, a new poll by the Saint Leo University Polling Institute has found.

Clinton is the first choice of 67 percent of Florida Democrats to by the party’s nominee, the poll found. Vice President Joe Biden came in second with 7 percent, though he is the second choice of 25 percent of Florida voters.

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is the top choice of Florida Republicans, if he runs for president. One-third of Florida Republicans (33 percent) named Bush as their first pick from a list of 16 potential candidates. U.S Senator Marco Rubio of Florida (12 percent) was second, followed by retired pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson (9 percent), New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (7 percent) and U.S. Senators Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas (4 percent each).

“Florida continues to be a bellwether for national politics. “It’s not surprising that their ‘favorite son’ would do well in the Sunshine State,” said Frank Orlando, instructor of political science at Saint Leo University. “Because of its diverse demographic population , Florida voters are more highly attuned to the political scene and have a more nuanced perspective that allows for fine-grained assessments,” continued Orlando.

In general election match-ups against six potential Republican nominees, Clinton would carry Florida against all of them – except Bush. In trial heats:

Jeb Bush would defeat Hillary Clinton, 46-44 percent (2 points)
Clinton defeats former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, 47-40 percent (7 points)
Clinton defeats U.S. Senator Marco Rubio of […]

By |June 11th, 2014|Institute|0 Comments

Florida Governor’s Race Deadlocked

Gov. Scott Catches Crist, Race Statistically Tied at 43-41 Percent
Florida Governor’s Race Deadlocked

Gov. Scott Catches Crist, Race Statistically Tied at 43-41 Percent

Governor Rick Scott and former Governor Charlie Crist are locked in a statistical tie, according to a new poll by the Saint Leo Polling Institute. Scott leads Crist, 43-41 percent, among likely voters according to the poll, which is within the poll’s margin of error. The remaining 16 percent of voters are undecided. The race should be considered a statistical tie.

Scott’s situation has gradually improved over the past six months. A January Saint Leo University poll had Crist ahead, 46-34 percent. In March, Crist’s lead was 43-39 percent – a statistical tie.

“For the first time since the poll’s inception, Rick Scott has edged out Charlie Crist,” said Frank Orlando, instructor of political science at Saint Leo University. “Scott and Crist are locked in a war of attrition; voters aren’t in love with either one of them,” stated Orlando.

Scott’s job approval rating among all voters is split at 46 percent approval, 46 percent disapproval. Scott and Crist have matching favorability ratings. Scott’s is 46 percent favorable, 48 percent unfavorable Crist’s is 47/47. “Scott has been working hard and spending money on advertising. It’s difficult to pinpoint whether his gradual improvement during the last six months (6 percent increase in favorability) is due to his substantial ad campaign, moderating his image, or if the Republican base has finally firmed up behind Scott,” continued Orlando.

Scott tops former state Senator Nan Rich, 44-31 percent, should she become the Democratic nominee.

Florida’s two U.S. senators are in solid position with voters, though both have re-elect ratings under 50 percent. Senator Bill Nelson’s re-election rating is 43 percent, his approval rating […]

By |June 11th, 2014|Institute|4 Comments

Poll: College Athletes Should Not Be Paid

By a three-to-one margin, most Americans oppose paying college athletes, according to a new national survey conducted by the Saint Leo University Polling Institute. The survey comes as a U.S. Federal Court in California hears arguments in a class action suit brought by former UCLA star Ed O’Bannon, and after Northwestern University football players conducted a vote to be recognized by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) as a union (results of the vote have not been released).

“Thinking about college athletic programs … at many big-time colleges, the men’s football and basketball teams make a lot of money for their schools. Which of the following statements comes closest to your view?” (N=1016 – all respondents, not just likely voters)

66%
Giving athletic scholarships and the chance to earn a college degree for free is fair compensation for college athletes, and they should not be paid.

21%
College athletes deserve to be paid for the time they spend practicing, traveling, and playing, above and beyond the value of any scholarships they might receive.

13%
Don’t know—unsurel

 

“It is inevitable that some Division I student-athletes will soon receive additional compensation above their current grant-in-aid awards,” said Phil Hatlem, instructor of sport business at Saint Leo University. “However, there are many aspects still to be determined, including who will receive additional compensation – all full-scholarship student-athletes or only those in ‘revenue producing’ sports? – and in what form that compensation will be – a monthly cash stipend or something else?”

“Like the Olympics, which were once so strongly against any form of payment for athletic endeavors that Jim Thorpe was stripped of his track and field medals simply for having played semi-pro baseball, but now allow professional athletes to compete, college athletics will adjust,” continued Hatlem. […]

By |June 11th, 2014|Institute|0 Comments

Hillary Clinton Leads All GOP Challengers By Double Digits in Presidential Trial Heats

Clinton Over 50 Percent Versus Bush, Christie, Paul, Ryan, Rubio & Cruz
Hillary Clinton holds large leads against six potential Republican presidential candidates, according to a new national survey conducted by the Saint Leo University Polling Institute. The poll was taken prior to the June 10 release of “Hard Choices,” Clinton’s new book, and the media attention surrounding its release.

Clinton would defeat former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, 53-35 percent (18 points)
Clinton defeats New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, 52-34 percent (18 points)
Clinton defeats U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, 55-34 percent (21 points)
Clinton defeats U.S. Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, 54-33 percent (21 points)
Clinton defeats U.S. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, 53-31 percent (22 points)
Clinton defeats U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, 54-30 percent (24 points)

“At this stage, Hillary Clinton appears to be untouchable. She owes her strong position (52-55 percent of likely voters) to being much more visible than her Republican challengers nationally. Still, we are over two years away from the election,” said Frank Orlando, instructor of political science at Saint Leo University. “None of the Republican candidates does appreciably better against her than any of the others, so no one can make a convincing case that nominating him, and only him, makes a difference at this point,” stated Orlando. In a head-to-head comparison, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is the closest candidate with 35 percent of likely voters.

Clinton faces little resistance within the Democratic Party, should she seek her party’s nomination in 2016. Presented with a list of 13 potential Democratic candidates to choose from, 61 percent of likely voter Democrats picked Clinton as their top choice for nominee. Vice President Joe Biden was a distant second, cited by 8 percent of Democrats.

Clinton’s national […]

By |June 11th, 2014|Institute|0 Comments

Governor Deal, Jason Carter Statistically Tied in Georgia

Deal’s lead of 38 to 35 percent is within the margin of error
Republican Governor Nathan Deal is locked in a tight battle for re-election with Democratic challenger Jason Carter, according to a new poll by the Saint Leo University Polling Institute. Jason Carter is the grandson of Jimmy Carter, former president and Georgia governor.

Governor Deal leads Carter by 38 to 35 percent among likely general election voters, but that advantage is within the survey’s margin of error, and the race should be considered statistically tied. Seven percent of voters said they support Libertarian Andrew Hunt. Twenty percent of voters said they backed some other candidate or were undecided.

“Governor Deal maintains a narrow lead, but his support has eroded since his ten-point win in 2010,” said Frank Orlando, instructor of political science at Saint Leo University.  “In our poll, less than 40 percent of voters are committed to Deal, and this is concerning for an incumbent this late in the election year.  Voters appear to have some reservation in supporting him, despite Deal being viewed favorably by 54 percent of voters in our sample, far surpassing his competitors.”

Carter is competitive despite 26 percent of voters saying they haven’t heard of him. Carter is viewed favorably by 32 percent of voters and unfavorably by 27 percent, for a net favorability rating of +5. Governor Deal’s net favorability rating is +18, with 54 percent of voters holding favorable views and 36 percent holding unfavorable views toward him.

“Jason Carter’s famous name gives him influence at the ballot box and with fundraising. Despite being the grandson of a former president, two in five voters don’t know enough about him to form an opinion. Carter must find a way to use […]

By |May 13th, 2014|Institute|3 Comments

David Perdue Leads Crowded Georgia GOP Senate Primary

Michelle Nunn Statistically Ties Republicans in Competitive General
David Perdue leads a crowded field of candidates running for the Republican nomination for United States Senate in next week’s Georgia primary election, according to a new poll by the Saint Leo University Polling Institute.

Perdue tops the field with 26 percent. Jack Kingston (16 percent), Karen Handel (15 percent), Paul Broun (13 percent), and Phil Gingrey (8 percent) have some ground to make up as the campaign enters its final week. A total of 21 percent are undecided or said they supported some other candidate. The survey was taken of 689 likely primary voters May 5-6 and has a margin of error of +/- 4 percent.

Democrat Michelle Nunn is in a statistical tie with potential Republican nominees in what is shaping up to be a competitive general election. Perdue leads Nunn 41 to 37 percent, but that is within the survey’s margin of error. Nunn leads Kingston, Handel, Broun, and Gingrey by statistically insignificant margins of between 1 and 6 percent.

All of the major Republican candidates have managed to become well-known among primary voters, with hard name identification ranging from Kingston’s at 86 percent to Broun’s at 72 percent. They are also well-liked. Perdue has the highest favorability rating with 64 percent favorable, 17 percent unfavorable, for a net favorability of 47 percent. Kingston’s net favorability is 40 percent; Broun’s is 26 percent; Handel’s is 24 percent; and Gingrey’s is 21 percent.

“The Georgia Republican U.S. Senate primary features a very deep field with three congressmen and one former secretary of state running for office,” said Frank
Orlando, instructor of political science at Saint Leo University. “It appears no candidate will receive a majority of the vote, but David Perdue, […]

By |May 12th, 2014|Institute|4 Comments

Derek Jeter Most Popular Current Baseball Player

Concerns About Steroid Use Linger Among Fans
Derek Jeter enters his final baseball season with the New York Yankees as the most popular player in the game, according to a new survey by the Saint Leo University Polling Institute.

In a national survey of 1,009 people, respondents were asked to name their favorite player without being provided a list of names from which to choose.

Jeter, the Yankees shortstop for 18 seasons, was cited most often as people’s favorite baseball player, named by 39 respondents. David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox (11 mentions) and Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers (nine mentions) placed second and third, respectively. Freddie Freeman (Atlanta Braves, six), Alex Rodriguez (Yankees, five), Chase Utley (Philadelphia Phillies, five), Dustin Pedroia (Red Sox, five), Justin Verlander (Tigers, five) also all received at least five mentions.

Babe Ruth continues to be the all-time fan favorite, though few are alive who ever saw the Sultan of Swat play. Ruth was cited most often as people’s favorite all-time player, named by 29 respondents in the unprompted, open-end survey. Hank Aaron (21 votes), Mickey Mantle (17), Willie Mays (15), Jackie Robinson (12), Jeter (11), Cal Ripken (nine), Ken Griffey Jr. (eight), Nolan Ryan (eight), Roberto Clemente (eight), Ted Williams (seven), and Joe DiMaggio (seven) all received more than five votes.

“With the passing of time, Babe Ruth remains one of sport’s most enduring athletes,” said Eric Schwarz, professor of sport business at Saint Leo University. “Even with his impending retirement, Jeter, as captain of the most storied franchise in MLB history, has been one of the most popular current players for some time,” commented Schwarz.

Nearly half of all people (47 percent), say they are very (20 percent) or somewhat (27 percent) […]

By |March 28th, 2014|Institute|0 Comments

March Madness: Only One-Fifth of Americans in Tournament Pools, But 73 Percent Play for Money

Gender Gap: Men Twice as Likely to Fill Out Brackets as Women
If you’re going to fill out a bracket, you might as well play for money. That’s what most Americans think, according to a new poll out from the Saint Leo University Polling Institute.

Forty-one percent of Americans say they are very (20 percent) or somewhat (21 percent) interested in following the NCAA basketball tournament known as March Madness. Forty-four percent report they are “not at all” interested in the tournament.

“The participant’s pairings and game venues can play a role in people’s interest,” said Dr. Eric Schwarz, professor of sport business at Saint Leo University. “If your team is in it, you are more likely to watch the games and follow the tournament,” he said.

One fifth of Americans reported participating in contests or betting pools about the tournament. Men (27 percent) are more than twice as likely to do so as women (12 percent). Nearly three- quarters of those (73 percent) report they are playing for money.

“I was very surprised at how few people participate in pools,” remarked Dr. Schwarz. “Some of that may be attributed to them not wanting to admit they are in a pool because it’s ‘gambling.’ Others may not consider submitting a bracket for a free online contest as a pool. They think of a pool as playing for money,” he stated.

Here are some direct excerpts from the survey and the results:

Question: Thinking about the NCAA basketball tournament also known as March Madness…How interested are you in following the NCAA basketball tournament known as March Madness?

Percentages

Level of Interest

Men

Women

20

Very interested

28

12

 21

Somewhat interested

27

17

 11

Somewhat uninterested

12

11

 44

Not at all interested

31

56

 3

Not sure / don’t know

2

5

Question: Still thinking about the NCAA basketball tournament known as March Madness, are you participating […]

By |March 27th, 2014|Institute|0 Comments