Political Ideology at Bowdoin

As part of the “Polar Poll” of Bowdoin students that I run in my Quantitative Analysis in Political Science course, we asked students and faculty this spring to assess their political ideology on a scale of 0 to 100, with 0 being very liberal and 100 being very conservative.  The results are displayed below. (The […]

Presidential Approval

I’ve been playing around with some presidential approval data back to the post-war period.   The data are aggregated to quarters in each year, such that all available polls in a quarter produce an “average” approval rating from in- and out-partisans.*  The results are graphed below, which includes the first quarter of Trump’s presidency and all […]

Trusted Media

As part of my class on “Quantitative Analysis in Political Science,” we asked Bowdoin students to list all of the media that they trust to obtain reliable news about current events and politics.  We also asked them to self-identify on an ideology scale of 0 (very liberal) to 100 (very conservative). I counted up the […]

Data on Outside Group Electioneering

As part of my work with the Wesleyan Media Project (WMP), I am helping to prepare a joint report with the Center for Responsive Politics on the linkages between FEC data and the political ad data at the WMP.  The motivating question is this: if an interest group reports pro-candidate electioneering spending to the FEC, […]

Full “Polar Poll 2017” Results

Once again, and in collaboration with students in Gov 2080 (Quantitative Analysis in Political Science), I am happy to release the findings from this year’s poll of Bowdoin students.  You can access the full set of results here.  We ended up with over 300 student responses, which is nearly 1 in every 6 students enrolled at the […]

Polar Poll 2017

Whenever I teach “Quantitative Analysis in Political Science” I administer a poll of Bowdoin students.  The students help me design the survey questions, and we send it to a random sample of 500 Bowdoin student emails.  I’ve taken to calling it the “Polar Poll,” as Bowdoin’s mascot is the Polar Bear. Full results for this […]

Quantifying things

Since July of 2013 I have been chair of the Department of Government at Bowdoin College.  My term as chair ends this June 30, and I am excited to return to the “back benches” of academia.  One reason is below.  As part of my Quantitative Analysis class, I asked Bowdoin IT to send me the […]