KATHLEEN A. FRANKOVIC is one of the world’s leading experts in public opinion polling. She has been an election and polling consultant for CBS News and other research organizations.
She speaks and writes internationally about public opinion research, journalism and elections as an invited speaker in places as diverse as Italy, Jordan, Hong Kong, Manila, Mexico, Lisbon, Chile and India. In 2009 she retired after more than 30 years at CBS News.
She received an A.B. from Cornell University in 1968, and a Ph.D. in political science from Rutgers University in 1974. Before joining CBS News, she taught political science at the University of Vermont, and has also held visiting professorships at Cornell and at the Annenberg School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Most Americans like NATO and say the U.S. should defend NATO allies
Most Americans say they like the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, or NATO, and support the U.S. honoring its commitments to militarily defend NATO allies. There is majority support across the political spectrum, though people who identify as MAGA Republicans are more likely to hold negative beliefs about NATO.23 Feb 2024
More Americans support than oppose a 16-week abortion ban
48% Americans say they support a national ban on abortion after 16 weeks of pregnancy, while 36% oppose one. However, this support is concentrated among Americans who care less about abortion as an issue than do opponents of a ban.22 Feb 2024
Americans’ concern about Biden’s age is high, but unchanged after special counsel report
Many Americans say they're concerned about President Joe Biden's age — more than say they are about Donald Trump's age — but this concern hasn't gone up in the wake of criticism in a special counsel's report.16 Feb 2024
How Taylor Swift is driving interest in the Super Bowl
About half of Americans are planning to watch the 2024 Super Bowl between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs — and some of that interest may be driven by Taylor Swift.09 Feb 2024
Most Republican voters want Donald Trump as the GOP nominee
Trump has commanding leads for the nomination among just about any subgroup of Republican-leaning voters we can measure: among younger and older ones, among those with and without college degrees, among men and women, and among those who say their ideology is "very conservative," "conservative," or moderate or liberal.24 Jan 2024
Most Americans expect Donald Trump to be the GOP nominee for president
Voting in the 2024 Republican presidential primary kicks off in earnest Monday with the Iowa caucuses, and Donald Trump is widely expected to win both the caucuses and the nomination.12 Jan 2024
Two parties with two views of the American economy
Twice as many Democrats as Republicans believe jobs are increasing. And Democrats are more likely than Republicans to say the unemployment rate decreased since last month.12 Jan 2024
Most Americans say voters should be able to decide Trump's eligibility
More Americans say the voters should be able to make the decision about whether Donald Trump is eligible to run for president again than say the decision should be made by the courts or by Congress.04 Jan 2024
Most Americans support democracy and oppose dictatorship
Most Americans are supportive of democracy and think dictatorship would be bad for the United States. These views are fairly consistent between Democrats and Republicans, but younger adults say they're less committed to democracy.21 Dec 2023
The election, foreign spending, and Taylor Swift: the Dec. 9-12, 2023 Economist/YouGov Poll
This week’s Economist/YouGov poll covers the 2024 presidential election, which sources Americans trust for election information, funding for Israel, the Palestinians, and Ukraine, and Time magazine's selection of Taylor Swift as Person of the Year.15 Dec 2023