About the Center

The Center for Politics and Public Affairs, established in 2004, fosters the study of politics and public policy. It is under the auspices of the College's Floyd Institute for Public Policy Analysis.

The Center holds public and campus forums and specialized sessions dealing with a wide variety of public and political matters. In addition, it sponsors specific lectures and seminars with other institutional and community partners for the purpose of stimulating discourse on political and policy issues.

In addition, the Center coordinates various fellowships and internship programs, conducts public policy and political research, publishes its own research on policy and political topics, and oversees the Franklin & Marshall College Poll (formerly the Keystone Poll), the oldest Pennsylvania statewide poll exclusively directed and produced in the state.

The Franklin & Marshall College Poll (formerly the Keystone Poll) has several media partners: The Philadelphia Daily News, WGAL-TV (South Central PA), The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, WTAE-TV (Pittsburgh), WPVI-TV6/ABC (Philadelphia),Times-Shamrock Newspapers (Northeast PA), Harrisburg Patriot-News, and Lancaster Newspapers.

Meet the Director

The Center is directed by Dr. G. Terry Madonna, Director of the Franklin & Marshall College Poll and Professor of Public Affairs at Franklin & Marshall College.  

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Location and Contact

The Center is located on the third floor of the Harris Center on the F&M campus in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. 

Center for Politics and Public Affairs
PO Box 3003
Lancaster, PA 17604-3003
PH: 717.291.4052717.291.4052
FX: 717.358.4666

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Center for Opinion Research

The Center for Opinion Research is the home of the nationally recognized Franklin & Marshall College Poll, which surveys citizens about public policy and political issues in Pennsylvania and nationally. Widely praised for its accuracy, this is the oldest statewide poll exclusively directed and produced in Pennsylvania. 

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The Pulse

Story 10/4/2016

Trump Falls, Clinton Holds Lead in Pennsylvania, F&M Poll...

Democratic nominee Hilary Clinton maintains the lead in the presidential race while her Republican competitor, Donald Trump, bruised by his performance in the candidates’ first debate, has lost...

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Story 7/20/2016

F&M Poll's Madonna Says 2016 Presidential Election is Quirky...

Before Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump take the stage at their respective party’s conventions, F&M Poll Director Terry Madonna discussed the candidates, the historic significance...

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Story 3/24/2016

Trump Up Narrowly, Kasich Closing In; Clinton Leads Sanders,...

Pennsylvania may not be a sure win for Republican Donald Trump, but could be for Democrat Hilary Clinton in the April 26 primary, according to the latest Franklin & Marshall College Poll.

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Story 3/8/2016

F&M Votes: Students Encouraging Students to Vote

Kabir Hossain and junior Theo Kelly, both government majors, attended a Harvard University conference, where they worked to develop an F&M Votes strategy effective for a small, residential, liberal...

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Story 10/29/2015

Support For Governor Slips As Budget Impasse Continues, F&M...

As Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and the Republican-controlled General Assembly wrangle over a state budget that is now nearly four months late, the governor's support among registered voters is beginning...

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Story 8/27/2015

F&M Poll Shows Voters Blame Legislature, Not Governor For...

As the budget stalemate in Harrisburg heads into its third month, more voters blame Pennsylvania's Legislature than they do Gov. Tom Wolf for the delay in action, according to the latest Franklin &...

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