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Christopher Borick - Muhlenberg College. Allentown, PA, US

Christopher Borick

Professor of Political Science; Director of Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion | Muhlenberg College

Allentown, PA, United-States

Professor Borick explores the dynamic of public opinion in the United States and Canada



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Chris Borick Tips for the Presidential Debate - What to Watch for as a First-Time Viewer




Borick is a nationally recognized public opinion researcher who has conducted over 250 large-scale public opinion surveys during the past fifteen years. The results of these surveys have appeared in numerous periodicals including Time Magazine, The Wall St Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Washington Post. He has also provided analysis for the BBC, National Public Radio, PBS, CBS News and NBC Nightly News and had his survey results aired on, CNN, FOX News and C-Span. During his career he has conducted surveys for a variety of government agencies and organizations including the Center for Disease Control, The United Way, Wisconsin Public Radio, The Wisconsin Department of Commerce, the Oneida Indian Nation, The U.S. Department of Labor, and Habitat for Humanity. Dr. Borick currently conducts surveys for the Morning Call newspaper in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He has served as President of the Wisconsin Political Science Association and is the incoming President of the Pennsylvania Political Science Association. Along with Barry Rabe of the University of Michigan, Dr. Borick co-directs the National Surveys on Energy and the Environment. He has government experience at both the federal and local levels, including positions with the Internal Revenue Service and Monroe County Pennsylvania Planning Commission. He has published over thirty articles and four books in the area of public policy and public opinion, and has held teaching positions at The State University of New York at Cortland, St. Norbert College, Lehigh University and currently at Muhlenberg College.

Areas of Expertise (6)

Electoral Politics Polling Pennsylvania Politics Campaigns Pennsylvania as a Swing State Climate Change and Public Perceptions

Accomplishments (1)

The Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award (professional)


Awarded by Muhlenberg College

Education (3)

University of New York at Binghamton: Ph.D., Political Science 1995

East Stroudsburg University: M.A., Political Science 1990

The Pennsylvania State University: B.A., Political Science 1987

Affiliations (4)

  • Lehigh County Wastewater Treatment Steering
  • Renew Lehigh Valley Leadership Board
  • The City of Allentown Weed and Seed Program Steering Committee
  • The Urban Observatory of The Allentown City Council

Media Appearances (3)

How did Marist, Monmouth, Suffolk and Quinnipiac get known for political polling?

Washington Post  print


Chris Borick, director of Muhlenberg's Institute of Public Opinion, is featured as an expert on Pennsylvania polling. Recent surveys conducted by the institute include national, state and local politics; and environmental policy and sentiment.

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Christopher Borick: Pa. to provide plenty of political drama

The Morning Call  online


While much of the political world has already turned its attention squarely on 2016 and the drama that will accompany the election of the 45th president of the United States, 2015 promises to provide some political drama of its own, with Pennsylvania being the setting for more than a few plot lines...

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Rabe pens op-ed on changing public opinion concerning climate change

Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy  online


Professor Barry Rabe, along with Christopher Borick (link is external) from Muhlenberg College, writes opinion article for Orange County Register (link is external) on the policy implications of fluctuating public opinion on global warming. Rabe and Borick explain that the last three years have seen a rebound in American acceptance of climate change, but that public willingness to pay for the types of efforts that are necessary to reduce carbon emissions remains minimal...

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Research Focus (1)

Research and Teaching Interests

Borick's research and teaching interests are primarily in the areas of public policy and public opinion

Courses (7)

PSC 101

Introduction to American National Government

PSC 209

Campaigns and Elections

PSC 213

Public Health Policy

PSC 216

Environmental Policy

PSC 301

Political Science Research Methods

AMS 101

Introduction to American Studies

FYS 242

Springsteen's America

Articles (5)

Conventional politics for unconventional drilling? Lessons from Pennsylvania's early move into fracking policy development Review of Policy Research


ABSTRACT: The emergence of hydraulic fracturing techniques is generating a dramatic expansion of the development of domestic natural gas resources in the United States and abroad. Fracking also poses a series of environmental protection challenges that cut ...

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Public Attitudes toward Climate Science and Climate Policy in Federal Systems: Canada and the United States Compared Review of Policy Research


ABSTRACT: Multilevel governance poses several challenges for the politics of climate change. On the one hand, the unequal distribution of power and interests can serve as a barrier to implementing coherent policy at a federal level. On the other, these features also enable ...

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Belief in global warming on the rebound: National survey of American public opinion on climate change Issues in Governance Studies


As 2012 begins, a growing number of Americans believe global warming is occurring. This is one of the key findings from the latest National Survey of American Public Opinion on Climate Change (NSAPOCC). ... More Americans than ever are pointing to experiences with ...

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A reason to believe: examining the factors that determine individual views on global warming Social Science Quarterly


OBJECTIVES: In this article we examine the causes of both belief and disbelief in global warming among adult Americans. Methods. We use national-and state-level telephone surveys to collect data on individual-level beliefs regarding climate change and employ ...

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Climate compared: public opinion on climate change in the United States and Canada People


The following report summarizes results drawn from national level surveys in the United States and Canada that examine public perceptions regarding various aspects of climate change. Since 2008, the National Survey of American Public Opinion on Climate Change ...

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