Frank Newport, Ph.D., is Gallup’s Editor in Chief and the immediate past president of the American Association for Public Opinion Research. Gallup has monitored American public opinion continuously since 1935 and now conducts more than 350,000 interviews with Americans each year; Gallup also conducts ongoing interviews in more than 150 countries worldwide.
Dr. Newport focuses on analyzing the Americans’ views of their elected officials and public attitudes toward and behavior relating to key policy and issue areas, including the economy, religion, wellbeing, and key indicators of public mood and consumer behavior. His analyses appear on Gallup.com; in his blog, “Polling Matters”; in books and other publications; and on video, in podcasts, and through radio and television appearances. Dr. Newport is coauthor of Winning the White House 2008: The Gallup Poll, Public Opinion, and the Presidency and author of Polling Matters: Why Leaders Must Listen to the Wisdom of the People. He is coauthor with Stuart Rothenberg of The Evangelical Voter: Religion and Politics in America and coeditor of The Gallup Poll: Public Opinion, volumes 2004 through 2010. His book, Religion Matters, was published by Gallup Press in 2012.
Dr. Newport’s articles and op-ed pieces have appeared in the American Sociological Review, Public Opinion Quarterly, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and many other publications. Dr. Newport served as the 2010-2011 president of the American Association for Public Opinion Research, the nation’s largest association of professional survey researchers and pollsters. He is vice president of the National Council on Public Polls and serves on the Board of Directors for the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research.
Dr. Newport graduated from Baylor University; he received its Distinguished Alumni Award in 2002. He earned a doctorate in sociology from the University of Michigan. Before coming to Gallup, he taught at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, served as news director and talk show host at KTRH Radio in Houston, and was a partner at a market research and public opinion research firm in Houston. His weekly radio show, What Are We Thinking? is produced and syndicated by Philadelphia NPR affiliate WHYY-FM, and he is the featured analyst on Attitude Check, broadcast weekly on public radio’s “Marketplace.”
Frank and his wife, Kim, live near Princeton, New Jersey. They have four children.