What is your counsel?
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: Collectively what should we be doing?
Andrew Kohut: I think consider the other person’s plight. Consider the other person’s point of view.
Question: What are we doing right?
Andrew Kohut: That we’re doing right? There’s an interesting concept. I think . . . Let me think about that. What do the polls say we’re doing right? I think the public thinks that we’re doing scientific developments in the area of new medical procedures; and not the way we practice health care, but the way we . . . the way we develop our . . . our ability to heal people and to deal with disease. We’re . . . we’re doing that right. I think they would say that we are probably happy . . . happier with all of the information resources that they have; that we’re doing a good job of giving them choices to . . . and what they can access in terms of information, both for news and entertainment. Not necessarily happy with the quality of the news and what’s on the news. There’s much . . . there’s much more choice. So those are two . . . a couple of examples, I think.
Recorded on: 9/14/07
We can choose among an increasing array of information sources, Kohut says.
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