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: 717.358.4052
FX: 717.358.4666

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Franklin & Marshall College Poll

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 8/28/2020

F&M Poll: Voting Interest Remains Strong; More Voters Worry...

Headed into the last furlong of the presidential race, Democrat Joe Biden leads Republican President Donald Trump by 7 percentage points among Pennsylvania’s registered voters, according to the...

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Story 10/31/2019

F&M Poll: Pa. Voters Support Impeachment Inquiry

Thirty-seven percent of registered voters in Pennsylvania believe President Donald Trump is doing an “excellent or good job,” similar to Barack Obama’s standing at this same point in his presidency,...

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Story 4/2/2019

State Political Leaders Discuss Civil Discourse at F&M

In bipartisan efforts to engage students in political conversations, the chairs of Pennsylvania’s Democratic and Republican parties will appear April 9 for a student-organized forum on civil...

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What Now? The Causes and Consequences of the 2018 Midterm Election Results
Story 11/15/2018

What Now? The Causes and Consequences of the 2018 Midterm...

G. Terry Madonna, Stephen Medvic and Matt Schousen Speakers will discuss the recent 2018 midterm election, with a focus on the results of the midterm election, why those results...

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Story 11/1/2018

F&M Poll Points to Historic Voter Turnout for Nov. 6...

Seventy-one percent of Pennsylvania’s registered voters say they are “very interested” in the midterm elections that will decide who controls Congress, the state legislature and the governor’s office...

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Common Hour: Should We Trust What The Polls Are Telling Us About the 2018 Mid-term Elections?
Story 9/11/2018

Should We Trust What The Polls Are Telling Us About the 2018...

Berwood Yost • Director, Floyd Institute Center for Opinion Research; Director, Floyd Institute for Public Policy; Senior Adjunct Research Instructor at Franklin & Marshall College; and Co-Director...

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