Political science students will now have highly coveted access to key political and social data, thanks to the donation of a collection of 33 datasets from Forum Research and its library of 2016 municipal, provincial and federal political polls.
Headed by Dr. Lorne Bozinoff, a political science alumnus, Forum Research has become one of Canada’s best-known and most respected public-opinion survey firms. The Forum Poll™ is among the most reliable sources of data on social and political issues, and its election polls are often among the most accurate.
Dr. Bozinoff is delighted to be able to contribute to developing core research skills. “Back in my student days, we all worked on the same old, outdated datasets without a wide range of sets on current topics,” he said. “Now, students will have quick access to current data on a variety of topics. So in a class of 30 or 60, each student can pick their own dataset and expand their learning.”
Forum’s polling datasets have already proven invaluable to students working on research projects. The generous annual donation allows them to more effectively study trends in public opinion, and analyze the changing public attitudes to policy issues, political parties and politicians.
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