Public Opinion Polling
Why Do We Poll?
The Paul Simon Institute's public opinion polls address Illinois voters’ opinions on important current public policy topics, typically with a focus on state budget issues, political and electoral reform, politics, and social issues.
The Simon Poll™ of registered voters in Illinois has been conducted since 2008 and the Southern Illinois Poll™ has been conducted since 2010. In addition to helping chart public opinion for policymakers, graduate students also use the polling to include questions useful to them in their papers, dissertations and research projects.
A range of public policy issues
The results of these polls gained major media and public attention in the run-up to the primaries and continue today to receive attention and constitute a significant part of the public dialogue and help set the agenda in Illinois.
All poll materials are also available at:
OPENICPSR (Search The Simon Poll or the Southern Illinois Poll)
Want to know more? Check out the poll results from recent years.
The Southern Illinois Poll
American Association for Public Opinion Research’s (AAPOR) Transparency Initiative
The American Association for Public Opinion Research’s (AAPOR) Transparency Initiative has recently recognized the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute as a member.
Membership in the Initiative signals the highest level of disclosure and professional ethics in our Simon Polls and Southern Illinois Polls.
We are pleased to join AAPOR in working toward the goal of an open science of survey research.
Learn more about the Transparency Initiative at www.aapor.org/transparency.aspx.
Every year the Institute’s statewide Simon Poll interviews 1,000 registered voters statewide, including questions on electoral politics, public policy, and political reform. We also conduct occasional polls of Southern Illinois residents in the southernmost 18 counties of Illinois on local and political issues.
We have included questions from SIU graduate or undergraduate students in most of our polls, which has helped to provide the data for research projects, master’s theses and doctoral dissertations.
The Simon PollTMand Southern Illinois PollTM has so far helped students in political science, sociology, geography, and journalism, but the opportunity is open to students in any discipline that includes public opinion in its areas of study.