ABC News Polls: A Change in Management

Aug 2, 2010 8:00am

Responsibilities of the ABC News Polling Unit were transferred today to Langer Research Associates, an independent company offering survey research management and consulting services.
Founded by Gary Langer, ABC’s longtime polling director, Langer Research will manage ABC’s share of the ABC News/Washington Poll, a fixture of news polling since its inception 29 years ago. Langer Research also will conduct and analyze other surveys for ABC and consult with the news division’s producers and correspondents on public opinion and polling standards.
“This new arrangement maintains ABC News’ commitment to covering the beat of public opinion through a structure that’s at once more cost-effective for us and opens new opportunities for Langer Research,” said David Westin, president of the news division. “When Gary proposed it, we saw it quickly as a win/win.”
Langer worked at the Polling Unit for nearly 20 years and directed it for 12, producing more than 700 public opinion surveys on politics, policy, the economy and a wide range of social issues. His work has earned two News Emmy awards, eight Emmy nominations – the first and only to cite public opinion polls – and the 2010 Policy Impact Award of the American Association for Public Opinion Research for a six-year series of surveys in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Based in New York, Langer Research offers survey design, management and analysis services and consulting on methodological issues and the contours of public attitudes and behavior. In addition to Langer, its staff includes research analysts Julie E. Phelan, a specialist in research methods and statistics who holds a doctorate in social psychology from Rutgers University; and David G. Tully, a doctoral candidate in political science from Northwestern University, formerly of the research consultancy InterMedia and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
Langer Research is supported by senior advisers Prof. Jon A. Krosnick of Stanford University and Prof. Robert Y. Shapiro of Columbia University, and consulting adviser Patrick J. Moynihan, a former senior polling analyst at ABC News, now assistant director of the Program on Survey Research at Harvard University.

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