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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.

Republican Support Tightly Bunched in New Poll

Republicans haven’t found a candidate yet that celebrates universal acceptance by voters. Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan leads the field with 39 percent of Republicans saying they could support him. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (37 percent) and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (34 percent) are close behind. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (32 percent), Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (27 percent), and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (25 percent) follow. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (19 percent), former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum (17 percent), and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (15 percent) also crack double digits.

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.

By |December 11th, 2013|Institute|0 Comments

Democrats Backing Clinton, According to National Poll

Despite being the vice president for five years, Joe Biden’s popularity among Democrats ranks lower than that of Hillary Clinton, according to a new national poll conducted by the Saint Leo University Polling Institute.

Clinton’s favorability among Democrats reached 90 percent, with just 6 percent of Democrats holding an unfavorable view of her. Among Democratic likely voters, 87 percent said they could support Clinton if she were to seek the Democratic nomination. Among all likely voters, Clinton’s favorability rating is 62 percent favorable to 36 percent unfavorable. Even 28 percent of Republicans favor Clinton.

“Almost every Democrat likes Hillary, even many independents like her and some Republicans,” said Frank Orlando, instructor of political science at Saint Leo University in Saint Leo, FL. “She’s overwhelmingly more visible than even Joe Biden.”

Democrats approve of Joe Biden 79/12 with 44 percent citing they would back him should he run in 2016. Among likely voters, Biden’s favorability is 51 percent favorable to 43 percent unfavorable.

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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Pope Francis is Popular – And Not Just Among Catholics

Papal Approval Rating 61% Among All Americans; 82% with Catholics
Pope Francis’s approval rating has climbed to 61 percent among all Americans, and 82 percent among American Catholics, according to a new poll by the Saint Leo University Polling Institute.

Pope Francis, the first Jesuit pontiff, was just named Time magazine’s Person of the Year for 2013 during the magazine’s annual reveal on the TODAY show on Wednesday morning.

Michael Anthony Novak, Saint Leo University assistant professor of theology and religion, said that most American presidents would love to have the papal approval rating reflected in the Saint Leo University Polling Institute results.

Dr. Novak said he thinks the public’s apparent fondness for Pope Francis has to do with his open and accessible style. “Pope Francis just seems to have the populist touch.” Past Popes came up through a different tradition within the centuries-old Catholic Church, Dr. Novak added, a tradition that tended to convey a more formal style. With Pope Francis and his decision, for instance, not to live in the papal apartment, “You see a guy who refuses to be isolated.”

When asked whether they agree with Pope Francis’s emphasis on outreach, social justice, and church ministry over issues such as abortion, contraception, and sexual behavior, 65 percent of Americans say they agree and just 14 percent disagree. Among Catholics, 78 percent say they agree with the Pope’s emphasis while 9 percent disagreed.

The data comes from the inaugural national survey conducted by the Saint Leo University Polling Institute. The online survey of 1,002 adults was conducted between December 1 and 6 and has a margin of error of about 3 percent.

 

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New Poll: Democrats Are Ready for Hillary

Clinton Reaches 90% Favorability Rating in New Poll from the Saint Leo University Polling Institute; Ryan, Christie, and Paul Leading Choices Among Republicans
If Hillary Clinton runs for president, the former First Lady and Secretary of State will receive a near-universal welcome among Democrats, according to a new national survey conducted by the Saint Leo University Polling Institute.

Clinton’s favorability rating reached 90 percent among Democrats in a poll conducted December 1-6. Among likely Democratic voters, 87 percent said they could support Clinton if she seeks the Democratic nomination. Among likely voters of all parties, Clinton’s favorability rating stands at 62 percent favorable.

“Almost every Democrat likes Hillary, even many independents like her and some Republicans. She’s overwhelmingly more visible than even Joe Biden, and he’s been the vice president for five years,” said Frank Orlando, instructor of political science at Saint Leo.

Vice President Joe Biden is also very popular among Democrats – just not as universally popular as Clinton. Biden’s favorable/unfavorable rating among Democrats is 79/12, with 44 percent of Democrats saying they would consider supporting Biden if he runs for president. Among all likely voters, Biden’s favorability rating is 51 percent favorable, 43 percent unfavorable.

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts is not as well-known as Clinton or Biden, but she is popular among those who do know her. Warren’s favorability rating among Democrats is 39/14, but is a statistically even 28/27 among all voters. Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley’s rating is 20/15 among Democrats and 15/22 among members of all parties. Just 7 percent of Democrats say they would consider supporting him, putting O’Malley behind Warren (21 percent), New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (21 percent), and U.S. Sen. Corey Booker of New Jersey (14 percent) by that […]

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Saint Leo University Launches New Polling Institute

Saint Leo University has announced the creation and launch of the Saint Leo University Polling Institute. The polls’ findings, on a national scale, will be released quarterly beginning in mid-December. Survey topics for the initial poll will include themes related to national politics, Florida politics, religion in politics, holiday consumer culture, and the impact of technology on our lives.

“Many individuals have put a lot of time and effort into preparing to launch the institute,” said Arthur F. Kirk, Jr., president of Saint Leo University. “We think we are well-positioned to offer a unique perspective on issues of national and regional interest.”

The state of Florida continues to be a microcosm both demographically and politically of national trends. In addition, pollsters continue to examine Florida as a key battleground state in national elections. The Saint Leo University Polling Institute surveys will include oversamples of Florida voters.

Drew Gold, associate professor of management, has been appointed the polling institute’s executive director. Dr. Gold will lead faculty and staff on selecting topics for upcoming polls and manage the day-to-day activities of the polling institute.

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.

“The new Saint Leo University Polling Institute is an exciting endeavor,” said Drew Gold, executive director of the polling institute. “Examining […]

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