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MAPOR's informal motto: "Midwest is a state of mind, not geography." We are a regional chapter of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR). We're university and college faculty members, professional practitioners, governmental researchers and graduate students. Click here to know more about us...



MAPOR Announcements


New MAPOR Fellow

Dr. Nora Cate Schaeffer was named MAPOR Fellow at the 2015 annual conference. Dr. Schaeffer is Sewell Bascom Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where she also serves as Faculty Director of the University of Wisconsin Survey Center, and currently serves as member of the Public Opinion Quarterly Advisory Board. She is an active MAPOR member and regularly mentors conference attendees.


2015 Doris A. Graber Award for Best Public Opinion Paper

MAPOR Fellows have renamed the best public opinion student paper in honor of Dr. Doris A. Graber who has been a member and leader of MAPOR since the first conference 40 years ago.


Virtual vitriol: A comparative analysis of incivility in discussion of forums of online mainstream news outlets and political blogs.  Natalee Kate Steely, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Honorable Mention

Relationship of news media consumption, political efficacy and the moderating effect of political interest in the U.S. 2012 Presidential election. Min Seon Jeong, Ohio State University.


Best Methodological Paper

Identifying psychosocial correlates of response in panel research: Evidence from the Health and Retirement Study.  Colleen McClain, University of Michigan.


Click here to view a complete list of past winners


MAPOR Strategic Plan Released

MAPOR Executive Council is pleased to release the MAPOR Strategic Plan, adopted October 15, 2014. The goal of this strategic plan is to identify key initiatives that are underway at MAPOR and set the stage for MAPOR’s growth for the next five years. Click here to read more.



AAPOR is holding its annual conference from May 13-17 in Hollywood, Florida and MAPORites are participating and contributing! Click here to see some highlights of the contributions of MAPOR members.




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2015 Annual MAPOR Conference

MAPOR at 40! Celebrating the Past, Present, and Future of Public Opinion Research


November 20-21, 2015

Chicago, Illinois


MAPOR is turning 40! To celebrate this milestone and how far we have come since MAPOR began in 1975, our conference theme focuses on the past, present, and future of public opinion research. We encourage submissions that focus on trends and changes in opinion and methodology over time (the “past and present” of our theme) and especially encourage methodological and substantive submissions that focus on challenges facing the field as technology and societal shifts impact how we measure public opinion (the “future” of our theme).


Click here for details about the conference, final program, and call for participation.

Fall 2015 Newsletter

The latest MAPOR newsletter is available here. Learn about the upcoming 40th annual conference, 2015-2016 Executive Council election, and other plans for MAPOR! To view past newsletters, click here.


MAPOR Methods & Substance Webinar Series

Single and Multi-mode Surveys using Address-Based Sampling: Past, Present, and Future (Colm O’Muircheartaigh, September 24th, 2015)

Read more about this Webinar here.

Read more about the 2014 inaugural Webinar series here.

MAPORNet is launched!

MAPOR members have a new benefit – MAPORNet. MAPORNet is a listserv for MAPOR members to communicate with each other and subscription is needed. MAPORNet can be used the following ways:

  • a forum on which to ask questions
  • for student members and young professionals to ask for advice from more experienced MAPOR members
  • a place to share information about upcoming events or job information
  • other communication that may be of interest to MAPOR members

If you are a MAPOR member and would like information on how to subscribe to MAPORNet, please contact MAPOR Past President Kristen Olson.



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