Penn undergrads and Decision 2024

From helping with exit polling to vote count data collection, students in the PORES program bring their skills to the NBC Decision Desk on election nights.

Political analysis requires data-savvy researchers, whether they are reporting polling data on election night or seeking to understand long-term policy impact. PORES—the Program on Opinion Research and Election Studies—is the place where Penn students learn the high-level analytic and technical skills that complex social science problems demand.

PORES, founded in 2014 by John Lapinski, Robert A. Fox Leadership Professor of Political Science and Elections Unit Director at NBC News, offers students opportunities to take their learning outside of the classroom, with fellowships that pair students and faculty to gather data and perform analyses on real-world issues, and a collaboration with NBC News that allows students to work at the Decision Desk during major elections.

“At NBC for the 2024 presidential cycle, we have over a dozen PORES fellows working with us in different capacities. We have students who are working with exit polls, from questionnaire design to graphics. We have students who are working on vote count from data collection to analysis. It takes a big team to get this effort off the ground and we’re really lucky to have PORES students who are available and able and willing to help us with this,” says Stephanie Perry, executive director of PORES and the Fox Leadership Program at Penn, who is also the manager of exit polling at NBC News.

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