CONTACT: MARY GERAGHTY KENYON
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0011; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Oct 31, 2000
Media advisory: Upcoming election-related news from UI political experts
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa's political experts will be watching
closely as Election 2000 draws to a close. Reporters and editors should be
aware of the following events and items of interest.
On Thursday, Nov. 2, Arthur Miller will release the 2000 Heartland
Poll. Miller, a professor of political science and director of the Iowa Social
Science Institute, says this year's poll will provide information on voter
inclinations in several key Midwestern "swing states." The Heartland
Poll, the only political opinion poll to focus on the Midwest, surveys voters
in Iowa and six surrounding states. The Heartland Poll will be posted on the
Thursday morning. Miller will be available for interviews at (319) 335-2328.
On Monday, Nov. 6, at 8:30 a.m. in the Danner Conference Room, Gilmore
Hall, the UI Research Roundtable, hosted by the Office of the Vice President
of Research and University News Services, will feature Miller, political scientist
and election forecaster Michael Lewis-Beck, and Iowa Electronic Markets (IEM)
co-director George Neumann in a discussion of their three methods of political
On Wednesday, Nov. 8, David Redlawsk, assistant professor of political
science, will present the results of an exit poll about local ballot issues
and government corruption. Redlawsk expects to show demographic correlates
of voter support for local ballot issues at a 3 p.m. press conference in the
Old Public Library. Early returns from this exit poll may be available after
3 p.m. Nov. 7. Contact Redlawsk at (319) 335-2352 for details.
UI political scientists Peverill Squire and Cary Covington can offer historical
perspective and daily analysis as the candidates work toward election day.
Both are seasoned political analysts. Squire can be reached at (319) 335-2354
and Covington can be reached at (319) 335-2339.
Six professors in the UI Tippie College of Business who manage the Iowa
Electronic Markets (IEM), will continue to monitor an extremely close race
in the IEM vote-share market. Today's IEM trading shows George W. Bush contracts
at 52 cents, with Al Gore close behind at 48 cents in a vote-share market.
The IEM are Web-based markets where traders buy and sell political futures
based on the outcome of the presidential and congressional elections. For
latest prices and information see http://www.biz.uiowa.edu/iem/.
Contact Jeanine Alcocer, email@example.com
or (319) 335-0794 to arrange interviews with IEM professors.