A project team meeting in NORC's Bethesda office
Meeting in an office at NORC
An impromptu meeting 
If you can measure that of which you speak… -William Thomson, Lord Kelvin

The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research

The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research was created to join the expertise of NORC at the University of Chicago, one of the world’s premier independent research organizations, with The Associated Press, one of the world’s largest and most trusted sources of independent newsgathering  which provides news seen every day over all media platforms and formats by more than half of the world’s population. The two organizations established The AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research to conduct, analyze, and distribute social science research in the public interest on newsworthy topics, and to use the power of journalism to tell the stories that research reveals. This combination of rigorous, objective research and reliable, unbiased journalism has unmatched potential to reach both broad audiences and policymakers at every governmental level, creating a seamless transition from the gathering of survey-based information to a more fully-informed society.

To learn more about the AP-NORC Center and its mission, projects, and programs, visit the site.

Representative Projects

How Americans Navigate the Modern Information Environment. ​The nationally representative survey, funded by NORC, was conducted from January 14 through January 31, 2016. Data were collected using the AmeriSpeak Panel®, which is NORC’s probability-based panel designed to be representative of the U.S. household population. Panel members were randomly drawn from the AmeriSpeak Panel, and 1,007 completed the survey. Respondents without internet access and those who prefer to complete surveys by phone were interviewed by trained NORC interviewers.  More

Headlines

All News

Published Research "Many Want Changes to the Health Care Law but Few Support Its Immediate Repeal.", Connelly, M., Malato, D., Alvarez, E., Benz, J.K. and Tompson, T.N., 2017 Download the PDF
Posted: 3.21.2017 11:22AM
News Associated Press: Poll: Americans divided on admitting refugees More
Posted: 3.11.2017 12:14PM
News Associated Press: AP-NORC Poll: Divided Americans fret country losing identity More
Posted: 3.11.2017 12:08PM
News Associated Press: AP-NORC Poll: US teens disillusioned, divided by politics More
Posted: 2.28.2017 3:39PM
Published Research "Obama's Legacy as President: Depends on Who You Ask.", Connelly, M., Malato, D., Benz, J.K. and Tompson, T.N., 2017 Download the PDF
Posted: 1.18.2017 9:21AM
News CNN: Looking at age with AP-NORC Center data and research More
Posted: 1.4.2017 3:58PM
News NPR All Things Considered: The AP-NORC Center's Amanda Lenhart discusses smartphone strategies for families More
Posted: 1.4.2017 3:42PM
News NPR Morning Edition: NORC's Amanda Lenhart discussion technology usage in families More
Posted: 1.4.2017 3:39PM
News The Associated Press: AP-NORC Center Journalism Fellow Maria Zamudio explores aging and retirement More
Posted: 1.4.2017 3:19PM
News Science 2.0: Trevor Tompson discusses obesity in America with Science 2.0. More
Posted: 11.30.2016 2:29PM
News Politico: How The AP-NORC Center studies election day information More
Posted: 11.8.2016 10:57AM
Press Release Hillary Clinton’s Coalition of Young Supporters is as Large as Barack Obama’s in 2012, but Includes Fewer Young Adults of Color More
Posted: 10.25.2016 8:48AM
News Policy Mic: Senior Fellow Norman Bradburn discusses NORC's 75th anniversary study and how Americans seek out information in an election year More
Posted: 10.14.2016 4:08PM
Published Research "How Americans Navigate the Modern Information Environment: A Study Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of NORC at the University of Chicago.", Bradburn, N.M., Benz, J.K., Kirchhoff, B., Alvarez, E., Sterrett, D. and Tompson, T.N., 2016 Download the PDF
Posted: 10.6.2016 1:06PM
News The Huffington Post: NORC President Dan Gaylin discusses how Americans consume information, make decisions, and take action More
Posted: 10.4.2016 6:48AM

News

News Poll: Americans divided on admitting refugees More
Posted: 3.11.2017 12:14PM
News AP-NORC Poll: Divided Americans fret country losing identity More
Posted: 3.11.2017 12:08PM
News AP-NORC Poll: US teens disillusioned, divided by politics More
Posted: 2.28.2017 3:39PM
News Looking at age with AP-NORC Center data and research More
Posted: 1.4.2017 3:58PM
News The AP-NORC Center's Amanda Lenhart discusses smartphone strategies for families More
Posted: 1.4.2017 3:42PM
News NORC's Amanda Lenhart discussion technology usage in families More
Posted: 1.4.2017 3:39PM
News AP-NORC Center Journalism Fellow Maria Zamudio explores aging and retirement More
Posted: 1.4.2017 3:19PM
News Trevor Tompson discusses obesity in America with Science 2.0. More
Posted: 11.30.2016 2:29PM
News How The AP-NORC Center studies election day information More
Posted: 11.8.2016 10:57AM
Press Release Hillary Clinton’s Coalition of Young Supporters is as Large as Barack Obama’s in 2012, but Includes Fewer Young Adults of Color More
Posted: 10.25.2016 8:48AM
News Senior Fellow Norman Bradburn discusses NORC's 75th anniversary study and how Americans seek out information in an election year More
Posted: 10.14.2016 4:08PM
News NORC President Dan Gaylin discusses how Americans consume information, make decisions, and take action More
Posted: 10.4.2016 6:48AM
News Norman Bradburn discusses NORC's 75th Anniversary Study, and how Americans seek out and process information More
Posted: 10.4.2016 6:43AM
Press Release New Survey Finds Most Americans Feel Better Informed But Often Rely On Their Instincts To Navigate Frequently Overwhelming Information Environment More
Posted: 10.4.2016 5:52AM
News The AP-NORC Center looked at how Americans feel about the Presidential election More
Posted: 9.26.2016 3:25PM

Events

Publications

"Many Want Changes to the Health Care Law but Few Support Its Immediate Repeal.", Connelly, M., Malato, D., Alvarez, E., Benz, J.K. and Tompson, T.N., 2017 Download the PDF
Posted: 3.21.2017 11:22AM
"Obama's Legacy as President: Depends on Who You Ask.", Connelly, M., Malato, D., Benz, J.K. and Tompson, T.N., 2017 Download the PDF
Posted: 1.18.2017 9:21AM
"How Americans Navigate the Modern Information Environment: A Study Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of NORC at the University of Chicago.", Bradburn, N.M., Benz, J.K., Kirchhoff, B., Alvarez, E., Sterrett, D. and Tompson, T.N., 2016 Download the PDF
Posted: 10.6.2016 1:06PM
"Social Resources and Community Resilience in the Wake of Superstorm Sandy.", Cagney, K.A., Sterrett, D., Benz, J.K. and Tompson, T.N., 2016 More
Posted: 9.1.2016 10:13AM
"Reflect, Then Prepare for a Career Outside the Academy.", Benz, J.K., 2016 More
Posted: 8.19.2016 9:30AM
"The Frustrated Public: Views of the 2016 Campaign, the Parties, and the Electoral Process.", Connelly, M., Malato, D., Benz, J.K. and Tompson, T.N., 2016 Download the PDF
Posted: 6.29.2016 9:40AM
"Views of the National Economy Are Clouded by Personal Finance and Employment Concerns.", Connelly, M., Alvarez, E., Benz, J.K. and Tompson, T.N., 2016 Download the PDF
Posted: 5.27.2016 2:25PM
"Long-Term Care in America: Expectations and Preferences for Care and Caregiving.", Benz, J.K., Titus, J.A., Malato, D., Cancino, A. and Tompson, T.N., 2016 Download the PDF
Posted: 5.23.2016 4:17PM
"A New Understanding: What Makes People Trust and Rely on News.", Benz, J.K., Sterrett, D., Rosenstiel, T., Sonderman, J., Loker, K. and Tompson, T.N., 2016 Download the PDF
Posted: 5.2.2016 11:58AM
"Rude Behavior in Everyday Life and on the Campaign Trail.", Connelly, M., Malato, D., Tompson, T.N. and Benz, J.K., 2016 Download the PDF
Posted: 5.2.2016 11:56AM
"The Zika Virus: Americans' Awareness and Opinions of the U.S. Response.", Titus, J.A., Alvarez, E., Benz, J.K., Ahn, R., Oppenheimer, C.C., Dayaratna, V. and Tompson, T.N., 2016 Download the PDF
Posted: 4.13.2016 9:45AM
"Hispanics' Expectations and Planning for Long-Term Care.", Malato, D., Benz, J.K., Reimer, B. and Tompson, T.N., 2016 Download the PDF
Posted: 3.25.2016 11:07AM
"Americans' Priorities for 2016.", Connelly, M., Alvarez, E., Benz, J.K. and Tompson, T.N., 2016 Download the PDF
Posted: 1.27.2016 9:26AM
"Americans Evaluate the Balance between Security and Civil Liberties.", Connelly, M., Alvarez, E., Benz, J.K. and Tompson, T.N., 2015 Download the PDF
Posted: 1.4.2016 11:21AM
"Americans' Views on Money in Politics.", Connelly, M., Malato, D., Benz, J.K. and Tompson, T.N., 2015 Download the PDF
Posted: 12.17.2015 10:35AM

Job Postings

Senior Staff

Trevor Tompson
Vice President for Public Affairs Research

Jennifer Benz
Principal Research Scientist and Deputy Director

Amanda Lenhart
Senior Research Scientist