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Doris A. Graber Award for Best Public Opinion Paper

In 2015, MAPOR Fellows renamed the best public opinion student paper in honor of Dr. Doris A. Graber who has been a member and leader of MAPOR since the first conference 40 years ago.


2016 Winner

Ozan Kuru, University of Michigan

De-Monopolization of Polls: What Do Ordinary Citizens Make of Different Quantifications?


   MAPOR Fellow Doris Graber & Family


Past Student Paper Award Winners


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Christine O’Brien

Public Opinion About Environmental Issues and the Media: A Preliminary Agenda Setting Study

Jaeho Cho and Heejo Keum

Probing Psychological Processes Underlying Framing Effects: Knowledge Activation as a Mediator of News Frame Effects on Social Judgment

Brandon Rottinghaus

The Buck Stops Here: Exploring Formal and Informal Methods of Gauging Public Opinion in the Truman White House


Matthew C. Nisbet & Eric C. Nisbet

The Origins of Morality and Equality: Social Structure and Public Opinion About Gay Rights

Fang Yang

Mass media and rally effect in international crisis: Media’s integrating role in the wake of Sept. 11 terrorist attacks

Justin Horvath

The Big Dog That Did Not Run: An Analysis of President Clinton’s Role In The 2000 Presidential Election


Brandon Rottinghaus

Mobilizing the “Silent Center”: Alternative Measures of Public Opinion on Vietnam Within the Johnson White House

John C. Besley, Janie Diels, and Erik Nisbet

Voting and Authoritarianism: The Mediating Role of Media Use, Efficacy and Trust

Lindsay H. Hoffman and Michael E. Huge

Media Frames of Protest Groups: The Effects of Exposure on Perceived Legitimacy


Bruce Hardy

Mobilizing Information Online: The Effects of Primary-Source and Secondary-Source Website use on Political Participation

Michael Huge

Measurable hesitation as a precursor to self-censorship: Replication and extension of the minority slowness effect

Lindsay H. Hoffman

Mobilizing information as a link to political participation: A content analysis of online and print newspapers

Michael Xenos

Information environments and voter deliberation: Unraveling the effects of campaign intensity


Lindsay H. Hoffman & Jason B. Reineke 

Coorientation in a Public Opinion Context: Predicting Accurate Perceptions of Community Opinion

Ray Pingree & Rosanne Scholl

Media Effects on the Tendency to Reason

Jason B. Reineke

Doing Unto Others as One Does Unto One’s Self: Exploring the Association Between Support for Public Censorship and Self-Censorship




Melissa R. Gotlieb, Itay Gabay, and Stephanie Edgerly

Effects of Gain-Loss News Framing and Political Ideology on Audience Sympathy


Thomas B. Ksiazek

A Network Analytic Approach to Understanding Cross-Platform Audience Behavior


Emily K. Vraga, Courtney N. Johnson, D. Jasun Carr, Mitchell Bard, Leticia Bode, and Bryan McLaughlin (Filmed in Front of a Live Studio Audience: Using Laughter to Offset Aggression in Political Entertainment Programming)

Mitchell Bard (Do Latinos exist? Comparing the political engagement of Mexicans, Puerto Ricans and Cubans in the United States)


Bryan McLaughlin and David Wise, Winner, public opinion category

Testing the God Strategy: How Candidates’ Religious Discourse Interacts with Voter Religiosity to Affect Political Outcomes

Brian M. Wells, Winner, survey methods category

Accounting for Nonresponse Bias in the Nebraska Behavioral Health Consumer Survey

Brendan R. Watson, Honorable Mention, public opinion category

The Agenda-Setting Effect of “A–List” Political Blog: A Time–Series Analysis of Presidential Approval Ratings in 2009

Samara Mani Klar, Honorable Mention, public opinion category

Identity Matters: Independents as Politically Engaged Citizens

Christopher Antoun, Honorable Mention, survey methods category

Interviewer Ratings of Respondents Who Changed their Answers about Sex Partners


Samara Klar, Winner, public opinion category

The Influence of Competing Identity Primes on Political Preferences

Chan Zhang, Winner, survey methods category

Speeding in Web Surveys: The Tendency to Answer Very Fast and its Association with Straightlining

Jingxian Wang, Honorable Mention public opinion category

Interaction of Media, Public Opinion and Foreign Policy in China: A Case Study of Nanjing-Nagoya Relation Suspension

Jiyoun Kim, Honorable Mention, public opinion category

Selective Attention, Primed-Encoding and the Role of Language in Mediated Scientific Messages Processing

Mahmoud Elkasabi, Honorable Mention, survey methods category

Joint Calibration as a Technique for Dual Frame Sample Estimation


David Sterrett, Public Opinion Winner

The Self-Interested Public: How Self-Interest Affects Policy Preferences

Yuli Patrick Hsieh, Survey Research Methodology Winner

Testing Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Recall Aids for Personal Networks Surveys





Natalee Kate Steely, Winner, Doris A. Graber Award for Best Public Opinion Paper


Virtual vitriol: A comparative analysis of incivility in discussion of forums of online mainstream news outlets and political blogs 

Min Seon Jeong, Honorable Mention

Relationship of news media consumption, political efficacy and the moderating effect of political interest in the U.S. 2012 Presidential election.

Colleen McClain, Best Methodological Paper


Identifying psychosocial correlates of response in panel research: Evidence from the Health and Retirement Study 




Ozan Kuru, University of Michigan

De-Monopolization of Polls: What Do Ordinary Citizens Make of Different Quantifications?





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