Andrew Kohut, political & scientist, died at 73

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rter6546456erteAndrew Kohut, born on September 2, 1942 and died September 8, 2015 from leukemia.

He was an American pollster and nonpartisan news commentator about public affairs topics.

Kohut was the founding director of the Pew Research Center and served as director of the Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project.

He served as the center’s president from 2004 to 2012 and directed the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press from 1993 to 2012.

Kohut was a regular guest on National Public Radio, television news programs such as PBS NewsHour, and the editorial pages of major newspapers like the New York Times, where he presented Pew’s poll results and analysis.

Kohut received an AB degree from Seton Hall University in 1964 and studied graduate sociology at Rutgers State University from 1964-66.

From 1979-1989, Kohut was president of the Gallup Organization, and in 1989 he founded Princeton Survey Research Associates, an attitude and opinion research firm specializing in media, politics and public policy.

He is a past president of the American Association for Public Opinion Research and the National Council on Public Polls.

His essays have appeared in the op-ed section of the New York Times and he has been a regular columnist for the Columbia Journalism Review and AOL News.

Kohut was the co-author of four books, most recently America Against the World (Times Books).

In 2000, he won the New York AAPOR Chapter Award for Outstanding Contribution to Opinion Research, and in 2005 he was awarded the American Association of Public Opinion Research’s Award for Exceptionally Distinguished Achievement, that organization’s highest honor.

Andrew Kohut died of chronic lymphocytic leukemia on September 8, 2015 at the age of 73.

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