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Andrew Kohut

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Andrew Kohut is Director of the Pew Research Center for The People & The Press in Washington, DC. In 1989 Kohut founded Princeton Survey Research Associates, an attitude and opinion research firm focused on media, politics and public policy studies. He was also President of The Gallup Organization from 1979 to 1989.

Public DiplomacyEdit

Kohut’s expertise lies in the analysis of public opinion polls, often focusing on attitudes toward the press and public policy issues. Other work provides commentary on internet & broadcast news polls, internet and election coverage, and public attitudes toward the technological innovations. Kohut has also done much work on public trends and thoughts toward organized religion.

According to The Pew Charitable Trusts, Kohut serves a press commentator on the interpretation of public opinion polls for several national news organizations. In past national elections he has served as a public opinion consultant and analyst for National Public Radio (NPR). Kohut has also been seen lending his commentary for television news programs including the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. He has also written extensively for leading newspapers and magazines, as well as for scholarly journals.

In May 2006, Kohut, along with Bruce Stokes of NPR, coauthored America Against the World: How We Are Different and Why We Are Disliked. The new book gives fresh analysis on America’s image abroad, focusing on the use of opinion polls and new research to lend strong credibility to their findings. Harvard Professor Joseph Nye, author of Soft Power: The Means to Success in World Politics, commented on the work, stating, "At a time when America needs international support more than ever, Andrew Kohut and Bruce Stokes explain why the United States is distinct and sometimes disliked. Rather than rely on conjecture, they use international surveys to answer these critical questions. Anyone worried about America's place in the world will find new evidence and unconventional answers in this well-written book."

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