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Grinnell College National Poll

Grinnell College has a long history of exploring issues of purpose. We ask tough questions. We strive to think bigger. This legacy, coupled with our focus on engaging students and celebrating diverse perspectives, has been the foundation of the Grinnell College National Poll.

Launched in August of 2018, the Grinnell College National Poll continues this legacy by probing the political attitudes of the American public, providing thoughtful and timely information on current events, national trends and important policy questions.

The poll partners Grinnell College faculty and students with nationally-renowned pollster, J. Ann Selzer, to develop innovative questions that go beyond the news of the day. Results from this poll will be of value to Grinnell College faculty and students and used to develop new research, advance educational opportunities, and shed light on the changing political landscape of the United States.

As a school powered by constant innovation and creativity, this poll is a noteworthy addition to the rich and vibrant learning environment at Grinnell College.

Latest Results

The latest Grinnell College National Poll was conducted November 24-27, 2018.

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The President’s Approval Ticks Up, but Coalition is Weakening

President Donald Trump’s job approval rating has risen following the 2018 midterm elections, but that improved standing has not enhanced his chances at re-election in 2020, according to the Grinnell College National Poll.

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Who is a Real American? Overwhelming Agreement on the Answer

What does it mean to be a “real American”? That was one of the many questions asked in the latest Grinnell College National Poll.

September 2018 Results

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A Challenging Road to 2020

The inaugural Grinnell College National Poll shows President Donald Trump faces a challenging road to re-election in 2020.

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Stand or Kneel?

A new Grinnell College National Poll shows that feelings about what professional football players do, or don’t do, during the playing of the national anthem are as intense as all the news coverage suggests.

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Poll Shows Wide Support for Lawful Immigrants

A majority of U.S. residents show support for legal immigrants and are skeptical of suggestions that undocumented immigrants commit more crimes as a group than native-born Americans, according to a new Grinnell College National Poll.