The nationally representative UChicago Harris/AP-NORC survey series will explore important public policy issues.

The University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy and The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research are collaborating on a new series of surveys designed to inform the public debate and contribute to academic studies. 

The first of these new UChicago Harris/AP-NORC polls will be released this week. 

Harris Public Policy faculty, NORC researchers, and AP editors and reporters will work collaboratively to develop and field survey questions that will both advance research and inform public discourse on key policy issues facing the nation. 

“The poll provides our faculty an opportunity to generate new insights into the interplay between public opinion and public policy,” said Katherine Baicker, Dean and Emmett Dedmon Professor at Harris. “We are excited to partner with NORC and The Associated Press to conduct rigorous, thought-provoking surveys and share the findings with policymakers and the public.” 

Each poll will be conducted using the AmeriSpeak Omnibus®, a monthly multi-client survey using NORC’s probability-based panel designed to be representative of the U.S. household population. The surveys will feature interviews with about 1,000 adults, and the interviews will be conducted online and by telephone.

“We are excited to begin working with the team at the Harris school, and to continue our ongoing collaboration with NORC, two institutions at the University of Chicago with reputations for research excellence,” said David Scott, a deputy managing editor at The Associated Press. “The poll findings will provide high-quality and timely public opinion data that will enhance our news coverage of important policy issues.”  

Harris and AP-NORC will prepare a report highlighting the key findings of each poll. In addition, Harris and AP-NORC will develop a joint press release and coordinate with AP on potential press coverage of the results.  All of the data will be released for public use about six months after the report release. 

“We are looking forward to collaborating with the Harris’s School’s faculty to conduct impactful public opinion research,” said Dan Gaylin, President and Chief Executive Officer of NORC. “These studies will look at important public policy issues facing the nation and provide timely insights to the public, media, and researchers.”

About the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy

One of the largest graduate professional schools at the University of Chicago, Harris Public Policy has been driven by the belief that evidence-based research, not ideology or intuition, is the best guide for public policy.  For more than three decades, our exceptional community of scholars, students, and alumni have applied this exacting perspective to world’s most pressing problems using the latest tools of social science.  Through our undergraduate and graduate programs, we empower a new generation of data-driven leaders to create a positive social impact throughout our global society.

About The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research

The AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research taps into the power of social science research and the highest-quality journalism to bring key information to people across the nation and throughout the world.

The Associated Press (AP) is the essential global news network, delivering fast, unbiased news from every corner of the world to all media platforms and formats. Founded in 1846, AP today is the most trusted source of independent news and information. On any given day, more than half the world's population sees news from AP.

NORC at the University of Chicago is an objective and non-partisan research institution that delivers reliable data and rigorous analysis to guide critical programmatic, business, and policy decisions. Since 1941, NORC has conducted groundbreaking studies, created and applied innovative methods and tools, and advanced principles of scientific integrity and collaboration. Today, government, corporate, and nonprofit clients around the world partner with NORC to transform increasingly complex information into useful knowledge.

The two organizations have established The AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research to conduct, analyze, and distribute social science research in the public interest on newsworthy topics, and to use the power of journalism to tell the stories that research reveals.