Crossley Center for Public Opinion Research

The Crossley Center for Public Opinion Research investigates how public perception shapes policy debates and outcomes on a wide range of political issues. Established in 2014 with a $1 million gift from alumna Helen Crossley (MS '48)—daughter of polling pioneer Archibald Crossley—we offer educational opportunities for graduate students, data-based political news and events hosted and attended by leading researchers from around the world.

. . . If there is to be peace in the world, it would be greatly enhanced if we knew a lot more about the world—and if the world knew a lot more about each other.

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The Forum

Understanding the public's mindset is essential in the decision-making process for public officials, diplomats and businesspeople. The Forum is where the Crossley Center shares news, ideas and perspectives on key domestic and foreign policy issues that influence public policy and opinion.

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U.S. and Japan Diplomacy Program: Impact of Ukraine on Asian Policy – PPT

The Crossley Center’s Diplomacy Program webinar series with seven professors from Japan and the Korbel School were highly impacted by the Beijing Winter Olympics accord between Russia and China and the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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Sweden and Finland PMs

Sweden and Finland Consider Joining NATO

The invasion of Ukraine has had enormous unintentional consequences for Russia. NATO, which had been struggling to find a unifying purpose, has been revived to confront the threat of Russian aggression. But possibly the most dramatic consequence is the consideration of Sweden and Finland to shift from their historical neutral stance to join the alliance.

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Macron wins

Macron Wins, But by Bigger Margin Than Expected

Polls showed President Macron ahead from the start of the April 10 runoff. His point spread grew to ten points on Friday. He won by 16 points (58% to 42%), a difference at least partially explained by the likely continued trend toward Macron over the weekend. There was also a larger than usual abstention from voting, which frequently makes final projections difficult.

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