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American Association for Public Opinion Research

June 2019

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by Nora Cate Schaeffer, President
​Last year was my first back on Council in a while, so I could see with fresh eyes how much things have changed behind the scenes at AAPOR in the intervening years. I spent the year amazed at the sheer volume of work that these 15 volunteers – and the subcommittees and many other volunteers and staff – accomplishes for AAPOR members. The generosity, inspiration, and energy in AAPOR are remarkable and contagious. There is a lot to do this year, so I am counting on catching as much energy as possible from those around me! 
by Mandy Sha, Conference Chair
Do you have ideas or suggestions about the type of conference experience you are looking for? I’d love to hear from you! Connect with me via www.mandysha.com or tweet to @MMandySha using #aapor and #aapor2020. I really enjoy feedback that includes the why behind it and personal impact. I consider my ‘job’ as Conference Chair to be a servant leader and I serve you by giving AAPOR voices like yours a platform at the 75th annual conference. Let's make the conference fun, too!
by Allyson Holbrook, Education Chair
This year, AAPOR’s Webinars and Short Courses have continued to offer amazing learning opportunities on both hot topics and core areas in survey and public opinion research presented by top scholars and practitioners in our field! Our Online Education and Short Course Subcommittees are starting to work on the topics and speakers for our 2020 Webinars and Short Courses. Calls for both 2020 Short Courses and Webinars (with links to online submission forms) will be distributed in mid-July and proposals will be due in late summer. If you have an idea for a great Webinar or Short Course, please consider submitting a proposal. Submissions will need to include the proposed presenters, topic, and a brief description of what will be covered and what participants will learn.
by Alian Kasabian (with assistance from Murray)
Murray Edelman tells the story of his AAPOR Presidential Address in 2001 – that part of the audience knew he was gay before he walked up on that stage, but everyone knew when he was done. He said that he worked on that speech for months, because he saw it as a real gift to address all of his colleagues that he respected so much. Murray describes this as a highlight of his career, was thrilled by the enthusiastic standing ovation, and by people, years afterwards telling him how much it touched them.
Surveys generally overestimate the overall level of voter turnout in elections due to both the misreporting of voting and nonresponse. Using a register-linked survey with information on the education, occupational social class, income, and voting in the 2015 Finnish parliamentary elections of both respondents and nonrespondents, this study shows that nonresponse bias leads to not only a larger overestimation of the overall level of turnout than social desirability, but also an underestimation of educational, social class, and income-related differences in the propensity to vote.
by David Kashihara, DC-AAPOR President
2019 has been a busy year so far for the Washington-Baltimore Chapter of the American Association for Public Opinion Research – better known as DC-AAPOR. In March, DC-AAPOR hosted their annual Public Opinion Quarterly Special Issue Conference: “The Psychology of Politics and Elections”. The event featured presentations from the authors in the POQ special issue including: Richard R. Lau (Rutgers University), Lilliana Mason (University of Maryland), Marzia Oceno (University of Michigan), Markus Prior (Princeton University), Kathleen Searles (Louisiana State University) and Patrick D. Tucker (Yale University). Scott Keeter and Jocelyn Kiley of the Pew Research Center were the discussants. DC-AAPOR also hosted a happy hour event: “Meet the National AAPOR Executive Council” in downtown Washington, DC. Then in April, DC-AAPOR and the Washington Statistical Society (WSS) co-sponsored the seminar: “Role of Statistics in Today’s Changing Society: 2020 Census”. The speakers were Julia Coombs and Marisa T. Hotchkiss from the U.S. Census Bureau and the seminar was chaired by Martha McRoy of the Pew Research Center.
langs_mediumlarge-(1).jpgKurt Lang, professor emeritus of communication and sociology at the University of Washington, died on May 1, 2019. He was 95 years old. In 1989, AAPOR awarded Kurt and Gladys its highest honor, the AAPOR Award for Exceptional Achievement in Public Opinion Research. In 1994, the Political Communication Section of the American Political Science Association bestowed upon them the Murray Edelman Distinguished Career Award.
darrell4.jpgDarrell Donakowski, long time member of AAPOR, past Director of Studies of the American National Election Studies (ANES) and former employee of the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research(ICPSR) at the University of Michigan, died on Saturday, April 27, 2019. He was 51 years old.