Siena Research Institute

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Siena Research Institute
Formation 1980
Dr. Donald Levy
Affiliations affiliate of Siena College
Remarks Conducts expert and public opinion polls, focusing on New York State and the United States, on issues of public policy interest

Siena Research Institute (SRI) is an affiliate of Siena College, located originally in Friars Hall and now in Hines Hall on the college's campus, in Loudonville, New York, in suburban Albany.[1][2][3][4] [2] It was founded in 1980.[5]

It conducts both expert and public opinion polls, focusing on New York State and the United States, on issues of public policy interest. They include education, health care, and consumer confidence, and explores business, economic, political, voter, social, educational, and historical issues.[6][7][8][9][5] Most recently, SRI conducted surveys on New Yorkers' sentiments towards the creation of the Cordoba House Mosque near Ground Zero in lower Manhattan, and the Arizona Immigration Law.[10][11]

Among other things, starting in 1982 SRI has polled presidential scholars in an effort to rate both the United States presidents[12][13] and U.S. First Ladies.[1][14][15][16] It has also conducted polls as to America's most notable women,[17] television's most memorable moment,[18] and consumer confidence.[19][20]

Statistics and finance professor Doug Lonnstrom was its founding Director.[21] Dr. Donald Levy is its current Director.[22]


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  4. ^ "Buffalo's Consumer Confidence Falls to Lowest in the State". The Buffalo News. October 7, 2004. Retrieved August 7, 2010. 
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  10. ^ Siena Research Institute Press Release, August 5, 2010, Retrieved August 17, 2010.
  11. ^ The Snow Report August 7, 2010. Retrieved August 17,2010.
  12. ^ "The Contemporary Presidency Explaining Presidential Greatness: The Roles of Peace and Prosperity?". Presidential Studies Quarterly. Retrieved August 7, 2010. 
  13. ^ "FDR Tops President List". Star-News. August 21, 2002. Retrieved September 28, 2010. 
  14. ^ Lincoln herald. Lincoln Memorial University Press. 2007. Retrieved August 7, 2010. 
  15. ^ The presidential companion: readings on the first ladies. University of South Carolina Press. 2006. Retrieved August 7, 2010. 
  16. ^ "Ranking the presidential spouses". ScienceDirect. September 15, 1999. Retrieved August 7, 2010. 
  17. ^ "Survey Names Notable American Women". The Christian Science Monitor. March 22, 1993. Retrieved August 7, 2010. 
  18. ^ "JFK Assassination TV's Most Memorable Moment". The Tuscaloosa News. October 9, 1990. Retrieved September 28, 2010. 
  19. ^ "Consumer confidence rises in N.Y., falls nationwide". Business First of Buffalo. April 1, 2003. Retrieved August 7, 2010. 
  20. ^ "New Yorkers a bit more confident in December". The Business Review (Albany). January 6, 2010. Retrieved August 7, 2010. 
  21. ^ "The Contemporary Presidency: Rating The Presidents A Tracking Study". Presidential Studies Quarterly. 2003. Retrieved August 7, 2010. 
  22. ^ "Staff". Retrieved August 7, 2010. 

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