Trevor Tompson is Vice President for Public Affairs Research
, and Principal Research Scientist and Director of The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research
. Tompson is a prominent political and social researcher with a specialization in research for public release. He has conducted hundreds of surveys on a wide range of topics, including politics and elections, racial attitudes, health care policy, technology, and sports and entertainment.
Prior to joining NORC, Tompson was global director of polling for The Associated Press, the world's largest independent news agency, where he also served as polling editor and a senior analyst for political and elections coverage. He has also held positions with several other research companies and universities.
Tompson's work has been published in leading academic journals including Public Opinion Quarterly and the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. His surveys have also been covered by media around the globe, including on every major national television newscast in the United States and on the front pages of hundreds of newspapers around the globe.
Tompson is currently a member of the executive council of the World Association for Public Opinion Research and has held several other offices in professional organizations, including as a member of the professional standards committee of AAPOR. Tompson was recently re-elected as Chair for the Publications Committee at the World Association for Public Opinion Research.