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Andrew Kohut (1942-2015)

Founding Director of Pew Research Center

Andrew Kohut was the founding director of Pew Research Center. He served as the center’s president from 2004 to 2012, and directed the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press from 1993 to 2012. He was president of The Gallup Organization from 1979 to 1989. In 1989, he founded Princeton Survey Research Associates, an attitude and opinion research firm specializing in media, politics, and public policy studies. He served as founding director of surveys for the Times Mirror Center 1990-1992, and was named its director in 1993. He was a past president of the American Association for Public Opinion Research and the National Council on Public Polls. In 2005, he received the American Association for Public Opinion Research’s highest honor, the Award for Exceptionally Distinguished Achievement. He was a frequent commentator on public opinion for National Public Radio, the PBS NewsHour and other news media outlets. He wrote widely about public opinion for leading newspapers and magazines, as well as for scholarly journals. Kohut co-authored four books, including America Against the World and Diminishing Divide: Religion’s Changing Role in American Politics.

Publications
Pew Research CenterMay 23, 2015

Kohut: Why Less Competition Is Hurtful to Hillary

Hillary’s strategic problem is that, absent a strong Democratic challenger to duke it out with, questions about various Hillary controversies, her age and the “Bill factor” will hang there to be resolved in the general election against a Republican candidate who has been on the road addressing his or her own image weaknesses.

Pew Research CenterApril 22, 2015

Would Iran Deal Imperil Jews’ Loyalty to Democratic Party?

Republicans have become much stronger backers of Israel than Democrats over the years, yet American Jews have remained Democrats for the most part, writes Andrew Kohut.

Fact TankApril 17, 2015

Despite lower crime rates, support for gun rights increases

In December 2014, the balance of opinion flipped: For the first time, more Americans say protecting gun rights (52%) is more important than controlling gun ownership (46%).

Pew Research CenterApril 11, 2015

2016: An Unanchored, Puzzling Presidential Election

At this point, 2016 seems more puzzling and less defined than other modern era non-incumbent races, writes Andrew Kohut.

Fact TankMarch 5, 2015

50 years ago: Mixed views about civil rights but support for Selma demonstrators

In 1965, America’s verdict on Selma was clear: Polling showed the public clearly siding with the demonstrators, not with the state of Alabama.

Fact TankFebruary 19, 2015

Are Americans ready for Obama’s ‘middle class’ populism?

Trends in public opinion are in line with Obama’s agenda: The priority given to deficit reduction has slipped somewhat, while public support for rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure has increased.

Fact TankFebruary 4, 2015

50 years later, Americans give thumbs-up to immigration law that changed the nation

As Washington once again engages in a heated political battle over immigration policy, it’s worth reminding ourselves just how much the country and its politics have changed since the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act — a law that dramatically changed the makeup of the nation.

Pew Research CenterJanuary 23, 2015

What’s in a Name? A Look at 2016’s Legacy Front-Runners

By Andrew Kohut, Founding Director, Pew Research Center Special to The Washington Post.  The 2016 presidential campaign, now in full swing in the media and the political class, starts with a fundamental question: How can American voters, who are so dissatisfied with Washington politics and the state of the nation, name the wife of one […]

Pew Research CenterDecember 11, 2014

Are We Writing Off Obama Too Soon?

By Andrew Kohut With two years to go, Barack Obama is widely seen as a failed president, responsible for his party’s losses in the mid-term Congressional elections. He still faces strong headwinds on both domestic policy and foreign affairs. The notion that the president can make a comeback with the American public may seem very […]

Fact TankNovember 6, 2014

East Germans now as satisfied with life as West Germans

Twenty five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, East Germans are now as satisfied with life as West Germans.