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Annenberg Public Policy Center Joins With NBC News, WSJ on Surveys

PHILADELPHIA – The Annenberg Public Policy Center has partnered with NBC News and the Wall Street Journal on surveys of the American public through the 2014 election.

The Annenberg/NBC News/Wall Street Journal Survey will examine Americans’ attitudes and opinions about the U.S. Congress from June through the November election.

“It’s the first time we’ve partnered on our surveys with media organizations,” said Ken Winneg, Ph.D., the managing director of survey research at the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. Working with the two news organizations, he added, “will help to maximize the impact of our survey work.”

“We’re very happy to have this opportunity to work with the Wall Street Journal and NBC News,” said Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center. “These surveys will help to gain a deeper understanding of what Americans think about how well their government is working.”

The survey is part of the policy center’s Institutions of American Democracy project, which looks at the history and state of the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government, and the challenges facing government, the press, and the public schools.

As part of the collaboration, the respected pollster Peter D. Hart is also working on the survey, which gathers information through telephone interviews with 1,300 to 1,400 voters each week. Findings are being released in concert with NBC News and the Wall Street Journal. Additional data being gathered by the surveys, to be released in the future, will contribute to “a scholarly examination of American attitudes toward Congress as an institution,” Winneg said.

“We are delighted to have the chance to combine one highly respected institution, the Wall Street Journal/NBC News Poll, with another highly respected institution, the Annenberg Public Policy Center, to give our readers deeper and more regular insights into the ways the American people see their country’s political process,” said Gerald F. Seib, Washington bureau chief of the Wall Street Journal. “It’s a great opportunity, and we’re grateful for it.”

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