Andrew Kohut

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Andrew Kohut
Andrew Kohut 2011 03.jpg
Andrew Kohut at Miller Center, 2011
Born (1942-09-02)September 2, 1942
Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
Died September 8, 2015(2015-09-08) (aged 73)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Alma mater Rutgers University
Occupation Pollster
Notable work America Against the World
Title Founding director of the Pew Research Center, Director of the Pew Research Center's Global Attitudes Project

Andrew Kohut (September 2, 1942 – September 8, 2015) was an American pollster and nonpartisan news commentator about public affairs topics.[1]

He was born on September 2, 1942, in Newark, New Jersey and was raised in Rochelle Park, New Jersey. His parents were Peter, a glassblower, and Lena, who worked in manufacturing jobs.[2] He received an AB degree from Seton Hall University in 1964 and studied graduate sociology at Rutgers University from 1964-66.[3]

Kohut was the founding director of the Pew Research Center and served as director of the Pew Research Center's Global Attitudes Project.[4]

Kohut served as the center's president from 2004 to 2012 and directed the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press from 1993 to 2012. Kohut was a regular guest on National Public Radio, television news programs such as PBS NewsHour, and the editorial pages of major newspapers like the New York Times, where he presented Pew's poll results and analysis.[5][4]

From 1979-1989, Kohut was president of the Gallup Organization, and in 1989 he founded Princeton Survey Research Associates, an attitude and opinion research firm specializing in media, politics and public policy. He is a past president of the American Association for Public Opinion Research and the National Council on Public Polls.[citation needed] His essays have appeared in the op-ed section of the New York Times and he has been a regular columnist for the Columbia Journalism Review and AOL News. Kohut was the co-author of four books, most recently America Against the World (Times Books). In 2000, he won the New York AAPOR Chapter Award for Outstanding Contribution to Opinion Research, and in 2005 he was awarded the American Association of Public Opinion Research’s Award for Exceptionally Distinguished Achievement, that organization’s highest honor.[4]

Kohut died of chronic lymphocytic leukemia on September 8, 2015 at the age of 73.[6]


  1. ^ Roberts, Sam (September 8, 2015). "Andrew Kohut, Founding Director of Pew Research Center, Dies at 73". The New York Times. Retrieved September 9, 2015. 
  2. ^ Laurence Arnold. "Andrew Kohut, Pioneering Pollster of U.S. Voters, Dies at 73." Bloomberg Business, September 8, 2015. [1]
  3. ^ Bernstein, Adam. "Andrew Kohut, connoisseur of public opinion, dies at 73", The Washington Post, September 8, 2015. Accessed September 24, 2015. "The son of a glass blower, Andrew Kohut was born in Newark on Sept. 2, 1942, and grew up in Rochelle Park, N.J. He graduated in 1964 from Seton Hall University and did graduate work in sociology at Rutgers University, both in New Jersey."
  4. ^ a b c Andrew Kohut, Director,; accessed September 12, 2015.
  5. ^ 95-086 (Public Affairs Conference),; accessed September 12, 2015.
  6. ^ AP via ABC News, Pollster Andrew Kohut dies age 73

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