Marist Poll

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Marist Institute of Public Opinion
HeadquartersPoughkeepsie, New York
Key people
Lee Miringoff (Director of MIPO)
Barbara Carvalho (Director of Marist Poll)
AffiliationsMarist College

The Marist Poll, founded in 1978, is a national public opinion poll operated by the Marist Institute for Public Opinion (MIPO)[1] on the campus of Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York.[2] The poll was one of the first college-based public opinion polls in the United States.[1] MIPO regularly measures public opinion, both in New York State and across the country.[3] The Marist Poll is highly respected, and is often cited by journalists and pundits around the world.[4]


MIPO was founded in 1978 by Dr. Lee Miringoff,[5] former President of the National Council of Public Polls,[2][6] as a poll on Dutchess County elections for a political science class he was teaching on voting behavior. MIPO was reportedly the first college-based survey center in the nation to involve undergraduates in the direct interaction and conducting of all its surveys.[7]

While most of the polls are political in nature, MIPO does frequently conduct polls deemed to be in other areas of public interest. Other subjects commonly polled by MIPO include sports,[8] economics, society and technology.[9]

In November 2013, the Institute celebrated its 35th anniversary.[10][11]


In 2012, the Marist Poll teamed with NBC News and The Wall Street Journal to conduct surveys in key presidential battleground states.[12] Consequently, MIPO accurately predicted the results of the presidential contest and U.S. Senate and governor races in each of these states.[13]

During the summer of 2013, MIPO announced they have conducted a survey on Performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) in Major League Baseball. Specifically, the poll asked whether or not players linked to clinics that provide PEDs, such as Biogenesis, should be suspended—even if they did not fail a drug test. The second question asked if players who used PEDs should receive eligibility for the Hall of Fame.[14]

On the October 22, 2013 edition of Real Sports that HBO's longtime, sports-themed monthly newsmagazine and the Marist Poll have launched a new, indefinite joint-polling initiative.[15]

Towards the end of the program on October 22, host Bryant Gumbel announced the results of a HBO Real Sports/Marist Poll: a comprehensive national survey conducted by the Marist Poll in mid-July, 2013 with more than 1,200 Americans over the age of 17 on the topic of concussions and brain trauma in football.[15]

In 2015, Marist temporarily suspended polling of the candidates for nomination during the Democratic primaries and Republican primaries out of concern that polls were being inappropriately used to decide who was included and excluded from the primaries.[16][17]


The Marist Institute for Public Opinion and the Marist Poll are led by:[2]

  • Lee M. Miringoff, Director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion
  • Barbara L. Carvalho, Director of the Marist Poll
  • Stephanie Calvano, Director of Data Management and Technology
  • Daniela Charter, Director of Survey Center
  • Mike Conte, Assistant Director of the Survey Center and Data Management
  • Mary Griffith, Director of Media Initiatives and Polling News
  • Ashley Hansen, Survey Center Manager
  • Annabel Lau, Director of Research & Data Visualization
  • Nicolette Strano, Administrative Coordinator


  1. ^ a b "The Marist Institute for Public Opinion". Marist Poll. March 27, 2009.
  2. ^ a b c "About the Marist Poll | Home of the Marist Poll". Retrieved 22 March 2017.
  3. ^ Barbaro, Michael; Gogolak, E. C. (26 July 2013). "Citing Scandals, Quinn Sees Way to Stand Apart". The New York Times. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  4. ^ Eric Vander Voort (September 19, 2012). "Marist Poll gains credibility with national news partnerships". The Marist College Circle.
  5. ^ Peters, Jeremy W.; Russonello, Giovanni (23 August 2016). "Think Hillary Clinton Will Win in a Landslide? Don't Bet on It". The New York Times. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  6. ^ Anderson, Susan Heller (10 February 1990). "CHRONICLE". The New York Times. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  7. ^ Domonell, Kristen (October 1, 2011). "Presidential Brand Power". University Business Magazine. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  8. ^ Connelly, Marjorie (February 11, 2010). "Olympic Athletes Fare Well in Marist Poll". The New York Times. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  9. ^ Rueb, Emily S. (May 13, 2011). "Is New York Bringing You Down?". The New York Times. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  10. ^ "Renowned Marist Institute for Public Opinion honored on 35th anniversary". Poughkeepsie Journal. Retrieved November 28, 2013.
  11. ^ Grande, Jenna (December 4, 2013). "Marist Poll holds 35th anniversary celebration". Marist Circle. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  12. ^ "Marist Poll Partners with The Wall Street Journal and NBC for Battleground State Polling". Retrieved September 9, 2012.
  13. ^ "NBC News/WSJ/Marist Poll Gets it Right". Retrieved February 15, 2013.
  14. ^ "Marist Poll conducts survey on PEDs in baseball". Newsday. 2013-07-22.
  15. ^ a b "Real Sports Teams Up with Marist". Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  16. ^ Thomma, Steven (August 2, 2015). "Marist suspends primary poll to avoid being part of debate". McClatchy DC. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  17. ^ Gold, Hadas (August 2, 2015). "Marist suspends GOP polling ahead of Fox debate". Politico. Retrieved 25 August 2016.

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