Kent State to Hold Forum on Why Polling Still Matters

Kent State University, in partnership with the University of Akron, will present a “Why Polling Still Matters” forum at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, April 25, in the Kent Student Center Ballroom Balcony as part of the “Politically Speaking” public forum series discussing the upcoming general election and Ohio’s role in choosing the next U.S. president.

The event is sponsored by area colleges and universities, including Baldwin Wallace University, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State University, Cuyahoga Community College, John Carroll University, Kent State and the University of Akron.

The forum will be moderated by Eric Mansfield, Kent State’s executive director of media relations, with a panel discussion by Ryan Claassen, associate professor of political science at Kent State; John Green, director of the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron; and Richard Serpe, chair and professor of sociology at Kent State.

“The ‘Politically Speaking’ series is a way to provide our students with an Ohio perspective to the excitement of the national political process,” said Nick Gattozzi, executive director of Kent State’s Office of Government and Community Relations. “Every four years, Ohio becomes the center of the political universe; add to it that mix of a political convention in our backyard, and we wanted to find a way of bringing the excitement and a better understanding of the process to our students.”

“Why Polling Still Matters” is the third of four public forums in the series. In June, Cuyahoga Community College will host the fourth forum on “The Economic Impact of National Political Conventions.”

The “Why Polling Still Matters” event is free and open to the public. To register, visit If you have questions, please call 216-987-4805.

For more information about Kent State’s Department of Political Science in the College of Arts and Sciences, visit

For more information about the University of Akron’s Bliss Institute of Applied Politics, visit

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Media Contacts:
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POSTED: Monday, April 18, 2016 01:53 PM
Updated: Monday, April 18, 2016 02:02 PM
Marcus Donaldson