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Scott Keeter

Director, Survey Research

Expertise: Generations and Age, Politics and Elections, Research Methodology

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Scott Keeter is director of survey research of the Pew Research Center. In this role he serves as the chief survey methodologist for the center, providing guidance to all of the Pew Research Center’s projects. An expert on American public opinion and political behavior, he is co-author of four books, including A New Engagement? Political Participation, Civic Life, and the Changing American Citizen (Oxford University Press), The Diminishing Divide: Religion’s Changing Role in American Politics (Brookings Institution Press), What Americans Know about Politics and Why It Matters (Yale University Press), and Uninformed Choice: The Failure of the New Presidential Nominating System (Praeger). His other published research includes articles and book chapters on survey methodology, political communications and behavior, and health care topics. Prior to joining the Pew Research Center, he taught at George Mason University, Rutgers University and Virginia Commonwealth University, where he also directed a survey research center. Keeter is a graduate of Davidson College and received his doctorate in political science from the University of North Carolina. He is a past president of the American Association for Public Opinion Research and has been an election night analyst of exit polls for NBC News since 1980.