WISER and its affiliated faculty have a diverse set of
research interests. The research projects listed below are those that
are most closely affiliated with the WISER program, or its core faculty.
A public opinion poll of registered voters in
The Washington Poll is a non-partisan, academic survey
research project sponsored by the University of Washington, Institute
for the Study of Ethnicity, Race & Sexuality. The principal aim of
the survey is to collect and analyze public opinion of registered
voters in Washington state on an annual basis. The study will be
fielded every year in late October and contain questions on ballot
initiatives, candidates, important political and policy issues of the
day, as well as viewpoints on social and economic indicators in the
The poll is a collaborative effort by academic
researchers in the state of Washington, and is currently sponsored by
the UW. Prof. Matt A. Barreto, Department of Political Science at UW,
is the Director of the Washington Poll. Other collaborators on the poll
include Christopher Parker, professor of political science at UW, John
Gastil, professor of communications at UW, Cindy Watts, professor of
health policy at UW, and Todd Donovan, professor of political science
at Western Washington University.
The poll is conducted among registered voters, using a
Washington state voter list and telephone interviewing is administered
by the Washington State Survey Research Center, in the Political
Science Department at UW.
The LNS is a major "national" telephone survey of 8600
Latino residents of the United States, seeking a broad understanding of
the qualitative nature of Latino political and social life in America.
All Latinos, not just citizens or voters were sampled to be interviewed
for approximately 40 minutes on a wide range of political questions,
conducted in English and Spanish. A major part of the project is the
Latino National Contextual Database (LNCD), which includes census,
economic and demographic data, as well as political and educational
Latino Decisions provides political decision
makers with independent data to facilitate critical decisions.
Our current research is focused on States in which the
Latino vote will play an important role in the 2010 elections. Our
research and in-depth analysis enables decision makers to understand
the concerns of the Latino community in each State, and helps decision
makers identify how to deliver their messages effectively.
While many other polls focus exclusively on national
politics, at Latino Decisions we believe that key measurements must be
made at the State level. The large sample size of our research, our
focus on individual States, and our expertise regarding the Latino
political landscape all set Latino Decisions apart from other available
In addition to providing the best data on Latinos within
key states, Latino Decisions also conducts national polls of the Latino
electorate. In June 2008, we completed a national poll of Latino voters
which complements our state-by-state approach, providing contrast
between the “national” Latino electorate and the unique Latino
electorate within key states.
In 2010 our polls will focus on national issues being
addressed by the Congress and President such as the economy, health
care, and immigration reform, as well as state-specific polls examining
U.S. Senate and Gubernatorial elections.
Led by Prof. Christopher Parker, the 2010 and 2011 Multi-State
Survey of Race
& Politics examines what Americans think about the issues of race,
public policy, national politics, and President Obama, covering his first three years in office.
Visit: WISER Race
and Politics Survey 2010
Visit: WISER Race and Politics Survey 2011