UMass Lowell Center for Public Opinion

About the Center

A letter from Co-Directors Joshua J. Dyck and Francis T. Talty

In 2011, the University of Massachusetts Lowell launched the Center for Public Opinion. The aim of the Center, from the outset, has been to support the academic mission of UMass Lowell through the proliferation of high quality opinion research on politics and other policy-oriented trends. Our polls are conducted with public consumption in mind, with accessible press releases and complete information (including cross-tabulations) available to the media and public. 

Additionally, our polling has supported the research of faculty and students at UMass Lowell in several disciplines including Political Science, Criminology and Justice Studies, Psychology, Community Health and Sustainability, in addition to interdisciplinary collaborations and joint project with other centers.   

In the short time that we have been in existence, we have conducted more than a dozen surveys, the plurality of which have focused on Massachusetts Elections. We also routinely host candidate debates and forums, which includes a 2012 US Senate Debate at the Tsongas Center with an audience of more than 5000. The debate was nationally televised and moderated by David Gregory of NBC’s Meet the Press. 

In 2013, we launched the annual UMass Lowell Faculty-Student poll, a national data collection with content created by the students and faculty of UMass Lowell and selected through a competitive process. The research supported through this effort has led to numerous papers, presentations and reports, which can be viewed in the research tab on the left. 

UMass Lowell students are often at the center of our collaborations. In 2012 and 2013, students drafted and completed a mail-in survey on community life and happiness for the towns of Andover and Acton. This project was led by Center Research Fellow, Dr. Jenifer Whitten-Woodring of the Political Science department. A student team also designed a survey on attitudes about Gun Violence and Gun Control which received widespread media attention. 

The Center for Public Opinion at UMass Lowell is young, but we are a growing survey research organization with a focus on producing high-quality surveys and academic research. We encourage you to peruse the website and to contact us with any questions. 


Joshua J. Dyck and Francis T. Talty, Co-Directors