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Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Public Opinion

Project Overview:

Based on a national sample survey of adults in the United States, we examine a range of social, cultural, and political attitudes that may be shaped by the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes norms around masking, attitudes towards immigrants, lifestyle preferences, and a range of opinions that may reflect the risk of exposure to a potentially deadly virus.

Award Winning Research

Dr. Hinckley's students won the prize at the 2023 Learning & Research Fair for the Provost's Award for Excellence in Student Research.

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Research Information

A group of hard-working SUNY Potsdam undergraduates spent a few months in the Spring of 2022 conducting a national sample survey on the impact of COVID on public opinion. Led by Dr. Robert Hinckley, an associate professor and chair of SUNY Potsdam’s Department of Politics, the students earned academic credit and valuable firsthand experience in public opinion research. Read More

The online panel is the cutting edge of sampling designs since most people will not answer their landline or mobile phone when they don't recognize the number. Surveys have become commonplace in our society, but response rates have gone down dramatically. These students will learn the common pitfalls and how to avoid them. They will also build valuable skills in data analysis and the communication of survey results.

Rob Hinckley Chair & Professor, Department of Politics


  • Robert Patterson IV ’24, a political science major from Mount Vernon, N.Y. 
  • Jessica Perez ’23, a political science major from the Bronx, N.Y. 
  • Jack Rice ’24, a political science major from Westport, N.Y.
  • Ayisha Khalid '24, an interdisciplinary studies major from the Bronx, N.Y.
  • Justin Brandon Berrios '23, a political science major from Valley Stream, N.Y.
  • Samuel "Slade" Wright '24, a political science major from Plattsburgh, N.Y.


Students interested in participating in this project can contact Rob Hinckley at or (315) 267-2563.