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Michael Binder, is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of North Florida.  Binder is responsible for the PORL's methodology and all aspects of the survey process. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego in 2010.  His research interests include voter decision-making, direct democracy, American politics and public opinion. 



He is a regular contributor to various media outlets and his research has been published in Political Research Quarterly, American Review of Politics, the California Journal of Public Policy and the California Western Law Review. He was involved in the first ever statewide Deliberative Poll® held in California and is the faculty director for the Public Opinion Research Laboratory at the University of North Florida.  






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Matthew Corrigan, founding director of the Public Opinion Research Lab at the University of North Florida, is a Full Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of North Florida.  He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and received his Masters and PhD from the University of Florida. His research interests include Southern politics, Florida politics andthe American Presidency.  His book, Race, Religion and Economic Change was published in 2007 by University Press of Florida.    


During the aftermath of the 2000 presidential election, he was a consultant to Duval County, Florida and assisted county leaders in reforming the county’s voting system.  He is a two-time past-President of the Florida Political Science Association.  He has been quoted in hundreds of media outlets including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today.  During presidential and gubernatorial election nights, he works as a consultant for Associated Press where he analyzes exit polls and turnout data for the state of Florida. He is a member of the American Association of Public Opinion Researchers.


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Andrew Hopkins, assistant director of the Public Opinion Research Lab (PORL) at the University of North Florida, oversees operations of each project conducted, including assessing client needs, establishing a sampling plan, developing the survey instrument, as well as the data collection and analysis process. Hopkins previously worked with the Jacksonville Civic Council, and served on the Medical/Life Sciences Task Force.  He also worked in UNF's athletic department as a media relations assistant through its Division-1 reclassification, 2008-2011.  There Hopkins became the sports information/data contact for women's soccer, softball, and track & field collegiate sports. 



He received his Masters degree in Public Administration, with a focus in Local Government, in 2013 from UNF.  Hopkins received his undergraduate degree at UNF in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management and Business Administration.  Current member of the American Association of Public Opinion Researchers (AAPOR) and the Association of Academic Survey Research Organizations (AASRO)  




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Mark Cooper,  is the Public Opinion Research Lab (PORL) coordinator. He oversees PORL projects by supervising, training, and scheduling callers. Cooper received his Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and Film at the University of North Florida and is currently working toward his UNF Master of Arts degree in International Affairs. Cooper began working at PORL as an interviewer when he started attending UNF in 2013. 


Cooper has recently studied in China and enjoys traveling the United States. He hopes to travel the globe in an official capacity in the future by working in the United States Department of State or for a non-profit NGO.






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Charlene Stainfield, senior research associate at the Public Opinion Research Lab (PORL) at the University of North Florida (UNF), assists in the collection, analysis, reporting,and presentation of survey data. She also aids in supervising undergraduate research students and callers at the PORL.                                         

Stainfield received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a concentration in American Politics from UNF in 2017. Her current research interests include the interaction between religiosity and political participation and ideology on an individual level. In future years, she hopes to pursue a PhD in that field. Current member of the American Association of Public Opinion Research (AAPOR). 





 Affiliated Faculty


Alicia H. Sitren, is an associate professor of criminology and criminal justice at the University of North Florida. Dr. Sitren’s main areas of research include offender decision-making paradigms, public opinion and perceptions of crime, the nature and function of jails, online pedagogy, and criminology–econometric modeling. Dr. Sitren earned her doctoral degree in Public Affairs and Criminal Justice from the University of Central Florida in 2007.


Dr. Sitren serves as an Affiliate Faculty Member at the Public Opinion Research Laboratory. She has expertise in criminal justice processes and systems and their role in addressing social problems. This knowledge base serves as important tool for projects that intersect both the public and private spheres. 



Contact Us

Michael Binder, faculty director of the Public Opinion Research Lab at the University of North Florida, is available for comment on all polls conducted by the Lab and can be reached via email at


For general information, email the Public Opinion Research Lab at or call at (904) 620-2784.



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