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How do you contribute?
Andrew Kohut is the president of the Pew Research Center. He also acts as director of the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press (formerly the Times Mirror Center for the People & the Press) and the Pew Global Attitudes Project. He was President of The Gallup Organization from 1979 to 1989. In 1989, he founded Princeton Survey Research Associates, an attitude and opinion research firm specializing in media, politics, and public policy studies. He served as founding director of surveys for the Times Mirror Center 1990-1992, and was named its Director in 1993. He is a past president of American Association of Public Opinion Research and the National Council on Public Polls. In 2005, he received the American Association of Public Opinion Research's highest honor, the Award for Exceptionally Distinguished Achievement. He is a frequent press commentator on the meaning and interpretation of opinion poll results and the co-author of four books, including, mostly recently, America Against the World (Times Books). He received an A.B. degree from Seton Hall University in 1964 and studied graduate sociology at Rutgers, the State University, from 1964 to 1966.
Question: What impact does your work have on the world?
Andrew Kohut: Well I think what it does is it gives a good portrait of the way ordinary people feel about the big issues of the day. And to the extent that that’s important; and to the extent that that’s crucial to . . . to . . . to policy making and to public understanding of this society, I think that’s the contribution that it makes.
Question: What do you have left to achieve in your field?
Andrew Kohut: Well I certainly wanna make sure that the Pew Research Center continues to do what it does when I’m no longer doing . . . running the Pew Research Center. I think I’ve achieved a lot of what I set out to achieve, and I don’t know if I have a specific goal. I certainly want to continue to try to understand better how the image of the United States is gonna evolve over time when we have a new administration, when there are new challenges. I think that’s an important task for me to continue in the future.
Recorded on: 9/14/07
Creating snapshots of how ordinary people feel about the big issues is Kohut's mission.
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