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Professor of Public Policy and Political Science Emeritus, Rutgers University
Senior Survey Advisor and Senior Officer, The Pew Charitable Trusts
B.A., University of Oregon; M.A. and Ph.D., The Ohio State University.

Cliff Zukin's expertise is in the field of public opinion and in the methodology of survey research. He is the co-author of two books, A New Engagement: Political Participation, Civic Life and the Changing American Citizen and Uninformed Choice: The Failure of the New Presidential Nominating System. He recently authored an opinion piece on problems in election polling that ran on the front page of the Sunday Review in the New York Times.

Zukin has served on the Executive Council of the American Association for Public Opinion Research three times, including as president. AAPOR is the leading professional association of public opinion and survey researchers in the country. As the founding director of the Center for Public Interest Polling and the Star-Ledger/Eagleton Poll, Zukin was an early leader of Eagleton's work in survey research. His recent survey work, tracking the effects of the Great Recession on American workers, has been reported in the New York Times, NPR, PBS' News Hour, the Wall Street Journal, and ABC, among other media outlets. 

Zukin is a nationally recognized expert on national elections, New Jersey politics and public opinion. He has worked as an exit poll analyst for over a dozen years, primarily for NBC News, and as a consultant to the New York Times and the Pew Charitable Trusts.  He teaches graduate courses in the public policy program at the Bloustein School.