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.

Infographic: Professional and College Sporting

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

Christie Position Down Nationally – But Up Among GOP

Bridgegate Shores Up Christie with Base; Clinton Dominates Dems
The Bridgegate episode has knocked New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s national standing, but it has helped him with Republican voters, according to a new poll by the Saint Leo University Polling Institute.

Christie’s national favorability has suffered a -25 percent net drop since Saint Leo’s December poll, which was taken before the emergence of probes investigating whether New Jersey officials intentionally caused certain traffic jams over time. In December, Christie’s national favorable / unfavorable rating was 50 percent favorable and 32 percent unfavorable (+18). Now it is 39/46 (-7).

However, Christie’s favorability rating among Republicans has soared, with a net +29 swing. In December, Christie’s rating was 39/46 (-7). Now it is 52/30 (+22).

“Chris Christie’s numbers have declined since our December poll, largely due to revelations about the ‘bridgegate’ scandal coming to light. Still, more voters expressed an opinion about him than any of the other candidates we asked about. This kind of name recognition is important, and although he is viewed less favorably than he was in December, there’s a long way to go until 2016,” said Frank Orlando, instructor of political science at Saint Leo University.

Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush lead the Saint Leo survey among potential candidates Republicans say they would consider supporting for the nomination. Forty percent say they would consider voting for Paul Ryan in the nominating process. Jeb Bush (38 percent), Rand Paul (32 percent), Mike Huckabee (28 percent), Chris Christie (27 percent), Ted Cruz (27 percent), Marco Rubio (26 percent) Rick Perry (25 percent), Bobby Jindal (23 percent), Scott Walker (22 percent) also have substantial followings.

Bush and Ryan also have the highest net favorable rating among Republicans. […]

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Infographic: Giving something up for Lent

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Pope’s Approval Rating at 85 Percent Among U.S. Catholics

Candy vs. Sex: What Christians Say They Give Up For Lent
When President Barack Obama meets with Pope Francis Thursday, the president might want to ask the Pope for a few pointers about how to attain a high approval rating.

Pope Francis enjoys an 85 percent approval rating among American Catholics, and at 63 percent approval rating among all Americans, according to a new survey by the Saint Leo University Polling Institute. Just 5 percent of Catholics, and 8 percent of all Americans, hold a negative view of how Pope Francis is handling his duties as Pope.

The President’s approval rating in the same survey is a more modest 47 percent, with 49 percent disapproving of his job performance.

The Saint Leo University survey also asked Christians whether they gave something up for Lent. Giving up something for Lent “is a memory of Jesus taking 40 days at the beginning of his ministry and going into the desert to fast and pray,” explained Dr. Michael Anthony Novak, assistant professor of theology and religion at Saint Leo University. “For Christians today, it is a way of focusing ourselves and looking towards the celebration of Easter and the resurrection of Jesus. It is a spiritual discipline that is meant to renew ourselves, or free up more time for prayers,” continued Dr. Novak.

Among Catholics, 31 percent said they have given something up for Lent this year. Among other Christians, 11 percent are observing Lent by giving something up. Another 40 percent of Catholics, and 19 percent of other Christians, say they have given something up for Lent in the past but did not do this year.

What do Americans give up for Lent? Respondents told Saint Leo University the following:




Other Christians


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By |March 26th, 2014|Institute|0 Comments

Crist Leads Scott, 43-39, But Gap Closing

Floridians Divided On In-State Tuition Issue Before Legislature
Former Governor Charlie Crist narrowly leads incumbent Governor Rick Scott in the governor’s race by 43-39 – a result within the margin of error – but Scott is closing the gap since December, according to a new state poll by the Saint Leo University Polling Institute.

In a December Saint Leo University poll, Crist led Scott, 46-34, or by 12 points. The new poll shows an 8-point swing in Scott’s direction, though the incumbent Republican still trails Crist.

“Our polling shows good news for Governor Scott, as he’s been able to take a sizable chunk out of Charlie Crist’s lead,” said Frank Orlando, political science instructor at Saint Leo University. “Governor Scott has shored up some Republican voters, but he’s also doing about as well among independents and members of the opposing party as Mr. Crist. This is surprising, considering the fact that Crist, a former Republican, was expected to do well among Republicans and independents.”

Orlando added: “It’s also important to note that according to our polling, Floridians strongly disapprove of the job that President Obama is doing in the White House. This type of national feeling can make its way into state and local elections by damaging the party’s brand name. If President Obama’s approval ratings continue to fall, Scott will profit at the polls.”

Scott’s overall favorability rating is 48 percent favorable and 47 percent unfavorable. Scott’s approval rating among Republicans is 79/18 – up a net of 22 points since the December poll.
His overall job approval rating is 45/47 and 75/21 among Republicans – up 20 points since December. Then, Scott led Crist among Republicans, 65-17 (+48). Now Scott leads 75-13 (+62), a 14 point swing. By contrast, […]

By |March 26th, 2014|Institute|0 Comments

New Poll: Sink Leads Jolly, 46-37%, in FL-13 Special Election

District split down the middle on President Obama, Affordable Care Act; Poll Aggressively Screened for Likely Voters
Democrat Alex Sink leads Republican David Jolly 46-37 percent ahead of the March 11 special congressional election in the Pinellas, Florida-based 13th congressional district, according to a new poll released today by the Saint Leo University Polling Institute. Libertarian Lucas Overby would get 12 percent of the vote if the election were held today.

“Ms. Sink’s advantage is being driven by solid favorability ratings coupled with issue positions that seem to be more closely aligned with voter preferences than are Jolly’s,” said Frank Orlando, a political science instructor at Saint Leo University. “She overcomes a partisan ID disadvantage in the district by maintaining much higher favorability among than Republicans and Independents than Mr. Jolly does among Democrats. The fact that a Libertarian candidate has robust support levels in the double digits seems to be contributing to the size of Sink’s lead.”

Democrats are overwhelmingly (88 percent) favoring Sink with only 6 percent favoring Jolly and 4 percent favoring Overby. However, Republicans are a bit more divided on their candidate. Only 64 percent of Republicans are backing Jolly. Sixteen percent of Republicans say they’ll vote for Sink and another 14 percent say they’ll chose the Libertarian candidate.

“Jolly is not only leaking Republican voters to Alex Sink, but also to David Overby,” said Orlando. “Traditionally, Libertarian candidates have siphoned off more support from Rebublicans and Republican-leaning independents, and this is the case here. Despite being outspent and advertised, Overby’s presence in the televised debate has increased his visibility, but it remains to be seen if he can maintain this support to election day.”

After a heavy advertising campaign, both Sink and Jolly have become […]

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Infographic: Holiday Preferences

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Americans still prefer a physical store over online shopping

More Americans still prefer to shop in a physical store (49 percent) than shop online (38 percent). But among shoppers who are younger than 40, 48 percent prefer to shop online. People in households with more than $70,000 in household income also have a preference for shopping online.

The findings from the Saint Leo University poll tend to reinforce what we know about technology usage, said John Pantzalis, Saint Leo University associate professor of marketing. Younger people can be earlier adopters of innovation, as can more affluent consumers. “Online shopping is a matter of technology and education,” he said.

The online survey of 1002 adults was conducted December 1-6 and has a margin of error of about three percent.

To view poll results click here.

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Gifts, gift cards or cash? Givers and receivers disagree

People might be conflicted about what form a gift should take. And it makes a big difference whether you are giving or receiving a gift, according to a new national poll conducted by the Saint Leo University Polling Institute.

People were presented with the hypothetical example of a gift of $25 in value. When asked if they would prefer to give someone else a gift with a $25 value, a gift certificate or card with a $25 value, or simply $25 in cash, the responses showed 39 percent of people prefer to give a gift certificate. Another 24 percent said they prefer to select a gift while a roughly equal amount favor giving cash.

But when it comes to receiving, by nearly three to one, people would prefer receiving $25 in cash (41 percent) rather than a gift that cost $25 (14 percent). Thirty percent said they prefer a gift certificate.

John Pantzalis, Saint Leo University associate professor of marketing, explained that for someone receiving a gift, cash is desirable because it can be applied to any need or want. “Gift buying is inefficient.” Gift cards and certificates are appealing to givers, he said, said because givers feel they are combining the flexibility of cash with a personal touch and are demonstrating: “I want to buy you something, and I put in a little bit of effort.”

The online survey of 1002 adults was conducted December 1-6 and has a margin of error of about three percent.

To view poll results click here.

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Despite the digital world, Americans still favor snail mail holiday greetings

You might think in this era of constant emails and social media postings that old-style paper Christmas or holiday cards and formatted letters summarizing a family’s year might be peculiarities. Not so. In a modern age, our behavior still trends toward the traditional.

The Saint Leo University poll found 43 percent of respondents send stock cards, and another 22 percent send either custom-printed cards or custom photo cards. That means that more than two-thirds of people are mailing paper holiday greetings.

What’s more, people are eager to read what they receive in physical mailboxes. When asked how much attention they pay to one- or two-page form letters that are compilations of family news from friends, 62 percent of respondents said they read the letters carefully. Another 24 percent at least skim the letters or look them over.

“People understand the world around them through stories,” Dr. Diane Monahan, a Saint Leo University communication scholar, said in commenting on why people are eager to read one another’s letters, even when they are form letters and only annual events. “We still find a need for these stories even if it’s only once a year.”

The online survey of 1002 adults was conducted December 1-6 and has a margin of error of about three percent.

To view poll results click here.

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