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The McCourtney Institute for Democracy

About the Poll

How the Poll was Conducted

All Mood of the Nation questionnaires are designed by the McCourtney Institute polling team, with the fieldwork conducted by YouGov, an online polling organization. The YouGov panel includes over 1.8 million individuals who agree to complete occasional surveys.

The 1,000 individuals who completed the McCourtney Mood of the Nation Poll were matched to the joint distribution from the Census’s American Community Survey in terms of age, sex, race/ethnicity, and years of education.The frame was augmented by matching to the November 2010 Current Population Survey and the Pew Religious Life Survey in order to include voter registration, political interest and party identification in the selection model.

The unweighted data are broadly representative of the U.S. population in terms of age, education, and region.

Additional information about the poll’s methodology is available here.


Director, McCourtney Institute for Democracy
Michael Berkman

Director, Mood of the Nation Poll
Eric Plutzer

Faculty Affiliates

  • Ray Block
  • Peter Hatemi
  • Burt Monroe
  • Michael Nelson
Eleanor Roosevelt Scholar

Morrgan Herlihy