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CONTACT: MARY GERAGHTY KENYON
300 Plaza Centre One
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0011; fax (319) 384-0024
e-mail: mary-kenyon@uiowa.edu

Release: Oct. 28, 2002

(Editors: Redlawsk will share detailed findings on voter opinions about local issues at a Nov. 6 press conference at 3 p.m. in Room 302, Schaeffer Hall, the Commons Room.)

UI students to conduct exit poll on government corruption, local issues

A group of University of Iowa political science students will fan out across Iowa City and Coralville on Election Day to conduct an exit poll measuring voters' perceptions of government corruption and opinions regarding selected local issues.

Students in the Political Campaigning course taught by David Redlawsk, assistant professor of political science in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will work in shifts at 14 Iowa City and Coralville polling places asking every fourth voter leaving the polls to fill out a brief questionnaire and place it anonymously in a cardboard ballot box. Redlawsk estimates the poll will take voters no more than 10 minutes to complete.

"This is a great opportunity for students to get out into the community and perform a valuable service, and at the same time learn about local politics firsthand," he said. "We hope voters will be willing to take a few minutes to participate in this project."

The poll is a follow-up to a 2000 poll conducted in Iowa City and eight other cities examining voters’ attitudes toward political corruption. It also will contain several questions related to specific local issues.

For more information about the poll, contact Redlawsk at (319) 335-2352.