06/26/2005 - Andrew Kohut, President of the Pew Research Center, Receives AAPOR’s Highest Award
The American Association for Public Opinion Research recognized Andrew Kohut, president of the Pew Research Center, for “Exceptionally Distinguished Achievement” in public opinion polling at its May 2005 awards ceremony. The award, given for outstanding contributions to the field of public opinion research, is AAPOR’s highest honor.
In recognizing Kohut, AAOPR highlighted his contribution to the science and practice of survey research in the United States and internationally:
“Andrew Kohut has become the public face of opinion research to millions of Americans as a brilliant media commentator on the nature and interpretation of polls. Andy is among the most respected professionals of his generation, an important contributor to the craft of survey research, a vibrant intellectual collaborator and colleague, and a dynamic shaper of some of our field’s leading institutions.”
“Andy has consistently striven to maintain and foster the highest ethical standards for public opinion research. He has been among our field’s most tireless and effective public teachers - as an analyst for National Public Radio, a contributor to the Columbia Journalism Review and New York Times, and a guest analyst on television when careful and informed interpretations of polling data have been required. His service to the field has been extraordinary, aided by an unrivaled ability to speak in direct and understandable ways about complex political and social phenomena, while remaining sensitive to the proper uses and limits of survey methods.”
Kohut was president of the Gallup Organization for a decade before founding Princeton Survey Research Associates. He initiated and led the Times Mirror Center for the People and the Press, which in 1995 became, with support from The Pew Charitable Trusts, the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press. In 2004, the Pew Research Center for People and the Press, the Pew Forum on Religion and American Life, the Pew Internet and American Life Project, the Pew Global Attitudes Project, the Pew Hispanic Center and Stateline.org all fell under the direction of Kohut as part of the Pew Research Center.