​The AP-NORC Center Update

​Welcome to the latest edition of The AP-NORC Center Update.

AP VoteCast

AP VoteCast.png

AP VoteCasta new election survey developed by The Associated Press with NORC at the University of Chicago, made its Election Day debut on November 6, delivering impressive results. The survey completed nearly 140,000 interviews—including 40,692 random sample interviews that form the backbone of the survey—with remarkably accurate projections of Senate and gubernatorial races across the United States.

VoteCast was used for election coverage by The Associated Press, Fox News, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and dozens of other news organizations around the country. The large sample size allows for the analysis of subgroups whose proportion of the population makes them too small to examine in traditional surveys, such as rural Americans by education and party identification, Native Americans, and transgender individuals. Read more

Our Latest Reports

What Unites and Divides the United States?

More than 8 in 10 Americans think the country is greatly divided regarding important values, and few expect it to improve anytime soon. In the October AP-NORC Poll, large majorities of both Republicans and Democrats are dissatisfied with the state of politics in the United States. And regardless of which party they identify with, most Americans are unhappy with the state of the nation’s morals and ethics. Read more

MTV/AP-NORC Youth Political Pulse Ahead of the Midterm Election

While the next generation of potential voters say voting is very important, young Democrats are more likely than young Republicans to encourage others to vote and more apt to plan to vote themselves, according to the final wave of the MTV/AP-NORC Youth Political Pulse Survey of Americans age 15 to 34. Young Democrats are more inclined than young Republicans to consider their generation as motivated to make changes for the better, more prone to encourage friends to vote, and more likely to plan to vote themselves. Read more

The Confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh

On October 6, Judge Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as the 114th justice of the Supreme Court after a contentious confirmation battle. Like the U.S. Senators who voted 50 to 48 – almost entirely along party lines – to confirm Kavanaugh, the American public views Kavanaugh, his elevation to the high court, and the conduct of the Senate hearings through a partisan lens. According to an AP-NORC survey, partisans have entirely opposite opinions about Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court. Read more

Long-Term Caregiving: The True Costs of Caring for Aging Adults

As family and friends take on more of the responsibility of caring for the nation's growing senior population, their own personal and professional lives often pay the price, according to a new survey from The AP-NORC Center's Long-Term Care Poll. For about one-quarter of America's informal caregivers, the amount of time they spend providing care each week is the equivalent of a full-time job. Beyond the hours they spend caregiving, 8 in 10 pay for caregiving costs out of their own pockets, with 13 percent spending $500 or more a month. For the majority of caregivers with incomes of less than $50,000, these costs impose a significant burden. Read more

Video Interactive – Perspectives on Caregiving


The Long-Term Care Poll video interactive explores the perspectives of these informal caregivers. Dr. Michelle Strollo, Vice President of Health Care Programs Research at NORC at the University of Chicago, and Dr. Donna Benton, Research Associate Professor of Gerontology at the University of Southern California, discuss what it means to be an informal caregiver and describe some of the sacrifices that are often made by those providing long-term care to our nation's aging population. See more

From Our Journalism Fellow

Turbulent stock market spooks some older workers, retirees

Andy's article.png

CHICAGO (AP) — The recent turbulence in the U.S. stock markets is spooking some older workers and retirees, a group that was hit particularly hard during the most recent financial crisis.

There's no indication, though, that the recent volatility has brought about large-scale overhauls in retirement planning. Read more


Andrew Soergel started on Sept. 24 as the fourth recipient of the Center's Fellowship on the Economics of Aging and Work. Andy is a senior reporter at U.S. News & World Report, covering business and economic trends at the local, national and international levels. Over the course of the past four years, his reporting has focused specifically on demographic shifts, employment statistics and legislative policy.

 The fellowship was established with funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Andy will write a series of in-depth stories on issues linked to the economics of the aging workforce in the United States that will run on the media platforms of the AP. He will also participate in original AP-NORC Center projects related to aging and work.

Twice recognized as a finalist in the Society of Professional Journalists' annual Mark of Excellence Awards, Andy has also received fellowship opportunities through the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, the National Press Foundation and the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism.

Andy's work has been featured and discussed on C-SPAN, NPR and regional radio programs across the country. He is a Pittsburgh native and a 2014 graduate of Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. You can follow Andy on Twitter at @asoergel

Seen and Heard

Forbes, October 17: Findings from AP-NORC's 2017 survey of teenagers' social media use were featured in the article, "Snapchat's Scripted Show Approach To Lure Black Teens."

TIME, October 25: The article "Should You Be Afraid of Election Hacking? Here's What Experts Say" cites the first UChicago Harris/AP-NORC Poll on concerns about the vulnerability of the election system.

Vanity Fair, October 30: The MTV/AP-NORC Youth Political Pulse surveys were featured in an article detailing MTV's first-ever midterm election campaign to encourage young people to vote.

CBS News, November 15th: Findings from an AP-NORC report on long-term caregiving were featured in a segment concerning how to prepare for the care of aging loved ones. 

New Faces of The AP-NORC Center

Donato Vacarro

dv headshot.pngDonato Vaccaro started on October 15 as a director of business development for both the Public Affairs Research and AmeriSpeak teams at NORC at the University of Chicago. In his role, Vaccaro drives revenue growth for both AmeriSpeak and the Society, Media and Public Affairs research area that includes The AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

Prior to joining NORC, Donato led business development efforts for GfK's proprietary data collection panel. Earlier he was at the Consumer Reports media organization for two decades, and started his survey research career in the Department of Epidemiology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Based in New York City, Donato enjoys spending time with family including his wife, two sons, and a family of 12 siblings and more than 50 first cousins, many of whom live nearby. In addition, he enjoys swimming, biking, hiking and spending time with friends.

Recent Presentations 

Millennials and the Midterms: Where Are We Now?


Deputy Director Jennifer Benz was one of the panelists in an event at the University of Chicago's Harris Public Policy that explored the role of young people -- both as voters and as candidates – in the 2018 midterm elections.

Evaluating the Midterms and New Ways of Surveying Voters


At an event organized by the New York Chapter of AAPOR, Director Trevor Tompson discussed VoteCast, the innovative survey of the American electorate developed by NORC with The Associated Press. 

Recently Released Data Sets

After about six months or so, The AP-NORC Center makes its data sets available to the public. Once released, data sets are available on the individual survey's project page.

Surveys with recently released data sets are:

The data and documentation are also donated to the polling archive at the Roper Center for Public Opinion at Cornell University.