The Andrew Kohut Collection includes a variety of material created/collected by Andrew Kohut throughout his career in the survey/polling industry. It consists largely of correspondence, articles and other writing by Kohut, notes/talking points on popular issues of the day, speeches/presentations, and polls/surveys. The collection also includes assorted audio and visual material, such as audiotapes, VHS tapes, 3.5” disks, 5.25” floppy disks, and CDs. The paper collection contains a combination of original documents and photocopies of original documents.
The Andrew Kohut Papers are housed at the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research at Cornell University. For the convenience of researchers, nearly the entire collection, excepting audio-visual material, has been digitized. Examples of the rich material available in this collection have been made available for download within the series inventory below.
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Support for this project was provided by The Pew Charitable Trusts
The collection is organized into series/subseries by topic. Within each series, folders are in chronological order.
Majority of material found within 1976-2014
Kohut, Andrew, 1942-2015 (person)
Language of Materials: Collection materials are in English.
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All material in this collection is open to the public.
Andrew Kohut - Box 3 Folder 1
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29 linear feet. 50 Hollinger boxes, 4 flat boxes, and 1 clamshell book box.
Biographical Note: Andrew Kohut was born on September 2, 1942 and grew up in Rochelle Park, New Jersey. He graduated from Seton Hall University in 1964 and enrolled in graduate school at Rutgers University. Kohut left Rutgers in 1966, before graduating, to work for the Gallup Organization. Kohut remained there for 23 years and was Gallup’s president from 1979-1989. In 1989, he left Gallup and founded Princeton Research Associates. Three years later, Kohut became the director of the Times Mirror Center for the People & the Press. In 1996, the Pew Charitable Trusts took over sponsorship of the Center from the Times Mirror Company. In 2004, the Pew Research Center was founded, and Kohut became its first president. He spent the remainder of his career at Pew until his death on September 8, 2015.
Andrew Kohut was one of the most respected and recognized pollsters in the United States during his long career in the industry. He was a highly sought-after speaker and a frequent guest on both National Public Radio (NPR) and PBS’s NewsHour. In later years, he was often featured as a political opinion expert during presidential elections on CNN.
Kohut was in many ways a Washington insider: he had contacts throughout the city and personal relationships with such notables as Madeleine Albright, Secretary of State in the Clinton administration. During the 1990s, Kohut became a regular speaker for the CIA and the State Department, presenting on America’s image abroad, as well as the American public’s opinions of various foreign policy issues. After 9/11, federal agencies and other organizations sought his expertise ever more frequently as they attempted to gauge how Muslims and Muslim nations viewed the United States and the American people.
Kohut’s experience and deep understanding of public opinion polling made him a respected authority among his peers. His ability to create what he called “gut-check” questions alongside his strong analytical skills made him a leader in his field. In 2005, he received the American Association for Public Opinion Research’s highest honor, the Award for Exceptionally Distinguished Achievement. In 2000 he won the New York AAPOR Chapter Award for Outstanding Contribution to Opinion Research. Roper Center for Public Opinion Research awarded Kohut the 2014 Warren Mitofsky Award for Excellence in Public Opinion Research. In 2015, the Roper Center’s Board of Directors established an endowment to create the Andrew Kohut Student Fellowship Fund for the purpose of supporting student research.
Kohut was married twice and had two children (Matthew Kohut and Amy Kohut) with his first wife, Marybeth Lyhne. At the time of his death, he was married to Diane Colasanto, whom he had married 16 years earlier.
The Andrew Kohut Collection is divided into 9 series. Series 4-8 are further divided into several subseries, as follows:
Audio Visual Materials
Personal, Honors, Ephemera
New York Times articles written by Andrew Kohut
Miscellaneous Andrew Kohut articles/writing
Talking Points, Notes, and Reports:
Council on Foreign Relations
Congressional Hearings and Testimony
Polls and Surveys:
Gallup Organization Papers:
Andrew Kohut Correspondence
Diane Colasanto Correspondence
The papers include a variety of materials created and collected by Andrew Kohut during his half-century career in the polling industry. He began at the Gallup Organization, left to start Princeton Survey Research Associates, then moved to the Times Mirror Center for the People & the Press, and finally became the founding director of the Pew Research Center. He spent the vast majority of his career at Gallup and Pew and in the role of director/president from 1979-2013.
The collection consists largely of correspondence, clippings and other published material (by Kohut and others), notes/talking points on popular issues of the day, speeches, and polls. The collection also includes assorted media, such as audiotapes, VHS tapes, 3.5” disks, 5.25” floppy disks, and CDs.
The collection documents are arranged in 9 series:
Audio Visual Materials, 1984-2012
Personal, Honors, Ephemera, 1978-2013
Clippings, Publications, and Assorted Printed Material, 1924-2011
Talking Points, Notes, and Reports, 1988-2014
Polls and Surveys, 1976-2012
Gallup Organization Papers, 1978-1990
Miscellaneous Materials, various dates
Note: The records consist of a mix of original documents and photocopies.
Series 4-8 are further arranged in subseries, as follows:
Series 4, Writings, 1994-2015:
Subseries 1, New York Times articles written by Andrew Kohut, 1998-2008
Subseries 2, Miscellaneous Andrew Kohut articles/writing, 1994-2015
Series 5, Talking Points, Notes, and Reports, 1988-2014:
Subseries 1, NPR/PBS, 1996-2012
Subseries 2, Council on Foreign Relations, 1995-2011
Subseries 3, Domestic Issues, 1988-2014
Subseries 4, International Issues, 1990-2012
Subseries 5, General/Handwritten, 1978-2010
Series 6, Speeches, 1977-2014:
Subseries 1, Conferences, 1994-2012
Subseries 2, Congressional Hearings and Testimony, 1991-2010
Subseries 3, Presentations, 1977-2014
Series 7, Polls and Surveys 1976-2012:
Subseries 1, Gallup Polls, 1977-1994
Subseries 2, Newsweek Polls, 1976-2004
Subseries 3, Pew Polls, 1999-2012
Subseries 4, Miscellaneous Polls, 1988-2011
Series 8, Gallup Organization Papers, 1978-1990:
Subseries 1, Andrew Kohut Correspondence, 1978-1988
Folder 10 - House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights and Oversight, Global Polling Data on Opinion of American Policies, Values, and People March 12, 2007
3) Presentations: individual speeches for a variety of groups/events
Box 26—26 folders (1977-1997):
folder #23 includes large amount of handwritten notes on general topics from 1993-1994
1994 Midterm elections and Newt Gingrich's Contract with America
Box 27—21 folders (1998-2006):
Pew Global Attitudes Project;
how Americans are viewed throughout the world;
Clinton White House
Box 28—23 folders (2007-2010):
mostly international topics;
Pew Global Attitudes Project;
how Americans are viewed throughout the world;
2008 presidential election
Box 29—21 folders (2011-2014):
assorted public opinion and political topics;
views of the U.S.
Series 7: Polls and Surveys—total of 16 Hollinger boxes
All 4 subseries include a wide range of assorted popular news topics of the times. Most examine public opinion about politics, the economy, society and social values, and international relations/events.
1) Gallup Polls: includes topline results and summaries/analyses
Box 30—24 folders (1977-June 1982)
Box 31—24 folders (July 1982-1986)
Box 32—29 folders (1987-1989)
Box 33—9 folders (1989-1994)
2) Newsweek Polls includes:
topline results and summaries/analyses;
polls conducted by the Gallup Organization from 1976-1989;
no polls from 1990-1992;
polls conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates from 1993-2003;
polls conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International in 2004
folders 2-7 related to the National Issues Convention (1996) or other deliberative polls
Box 45—6 folders (2008-2011):
5 folders related to 2004 and 2008 presidential elections
Series 8: Gallup Organization Papers—total of 7 Hollinger boxes
1)Andrew Kohut Correspondence: interoffice memos, purchase orders, and other office related documents (mostly sent from Andrew Kohut)
Box 46—19 folders (1978-1981)
Box 47—20 folders (1982-1987)
Box 48—6 folders (1988)
2)Diane Colasanto Correspondence: interoffice memos, purchase orders, and other office related documents (mostly sent from Diane Colasanto)
Box 49—9 folders (1983-1984)
Box 50—9 folders (1985-June 1986)
Box 51—9 folders (July 1986-1987)
Box 52—12 folders (1988-1990)
Series 9: Miscellaneous Materials—total of 4 items
1)Large framed awards—3 items. Note: Harvard University and Roper Center awards are stored together in box 53.
Box 53—The Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, honors Andrew Kohut for his participation in the seminar of the “Theodore H. White Lecture on the Press and Politics: ‘The Meaning of the 2004 Election’.” Framed, 12.5” x 16.25”.
Box 53—The Roper Center 2014 Warren J. Mitofsky Award for Excellence in Public Opinion Research to Andrew Kohut. Framed, 15” x 17.5”.
Box 54—Honorary Doctor of Letters Degree from Washington College (2009). Framed, 23.75” x 28”.
2)Non-Voting (book)—1 clamshell book box
Box 55—University of Chicago Press (1924): Non-Voting: Causes and Methods of Control by Charles Merriam and Harold Gosnell. In fragile condition.