Andrew Smith

Professor of Practice
Phone: (603) 862-2226
Office: Survey Center, 9 Madbury Road Ste 401, Durham, NH 03824
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Dr. Andrew Smith is the Director of the University of New Hampshire Survey Center.  He has more than 20 years experience in academic survey research, currently as Director of the Survey Center since 1999, following positions at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the University of Cincinnati.  He received his Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati and his dissertation is entitled “Survey Questions and American Public Opinion.”  As Director, Dr. Smith is responsible for overall staff and financial management of the UNH Survey Center.  Dr. Smith is also Associate Professor of Practice in Political Science in the UNH Department of Political Science where his teaching and research has focused on survey methodology, elections, and public policy.  Dr. Smith has been a member of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) since 1987 and is a member of its New England Chapter.  He is also a founding member of the Association of Academic Survey Research Organizations (AASRO).  His methodological research has included work on question wording effects, question and response order effects, the issue of non-attitudes in surveys, and methods of improving the accuracy of pre-election surveys.  He regularly presents at academic conferences on public opinion and political science.


  • Ph.D., Political Sci.&Government Rel., University of Cincinnati
  • M.A., Political Sci.&Government Rel., University of Cincinnati
  • B.A., Foreign Affairs, University of Cincinnati

Research Interests

  • Elections
  • Political Behavior
  • Political Methodology
  • Political Participation
  • Political Parties
  • Political Science
  • Presidential nominations
  • Public opinion
  • Public Opinion Research
  • Survey methods
  • Surveys & Survey Research

Courses Taught

  • POLT 506: Parties, Interest Gps, & Voter
  • POLT 512: Public Opinion Amercn Politics
  • POLT 580: Top/NH Primary
  • POLT 602B: Washington Center Internship
  • POLT 797B: Sem/Elections Matter
  • POLT 798B/898B: Sem/American Gov't & Politics
  • POLT 897B: Sem/Elections Matter