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Ward Kay, Vice President for Research

Ward has more than 20 years experience in public opinion research on a wide variety of topics. He has contributed to more than 80 research projects for private companies, associations and governmental agencies at the federal, state and local levels. He has extensive experience in all aspects of survey research including study design, sampling, interviewer training, project coordination, data entry, analysis and report writing. He has conducted focus groups throughout the country.

Ward has developed numerous publications and presentations for professional societies. He has been interviewed on CNN and local TV and radio stations, in addition to newspaper interviews with USA Today, Roll Call and other newspapers about various polls he conducted.


  • Ph.D. in Public Policy, George Mason University
  • Master of Science, major in survey methodology, Joint Program of Survey Methodology, University of Maryland
  • Bachelor of Science, major in statistics, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor)


  • American Association for Public Opinion Research
  • Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research (President, 2007-8)
  • American Statistical Association (Survey Methodology and Government Statistics sections)
  • Washington Statistical Society
  • Interagency Household Non-response Working Group
  • Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management
  • Urban Affairs Association
  • Reviewer for Public Opinion Quarterly and the Social Science Journal

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