Participation in the 18th Annual Empire State Poll

We are pleased to announce the launching of the annual Cornell University Empire State Poll (ESP), conducted by the Survey Research Institute (SRI). It is the only annual statewide survey of its kind within New York State. Modeled on successful state polls such as the Ohio Buckeye Poll, the Minnesota State Survey, Virginia Quality of life survey and the Wisconsin Badger Poll, the Empire State Poll is specifically designed to provide a wide-range of data on New York state residents, both upstate and downstate with available comparisons.

The 2020 ESP is a general random sample of New York State households. A total of 800 interviews are conducted (400 upstate and 400 downstate). As in previous iterations of the poll, researchers may submit their own questions and commission specific over-samples at a very minimal cost.

Each closed-ended question costs $950, and each open-ended question costs $1350. All ESP researchers receive a copy of collected core and demographic data.

  Action Responsible Party Deadline
1. Submission deadline Researcher November 6th, 2019
2. Review and select questions SRI November 22nd, 2019
3. Question changes due Researcher December 5th, 2019
4. Complete required IRB training Researcher December 18th, 2019
5. Conduct pilot testing SRI January 6th-10th 2020
6. Send suggestions based on pilot testing SRI January 17th, 2020
7. Final question submission Researcher January 24th, 2020
8. Data collection (full study) SRI February 1st - April 1st, 2020
9. Data delivery SRI April 15th, 2020

For more information, please contact Stephanie Slate ( or 5-2985).

To view more information about the poll, please go to the Empire State Poll Introduction.