Empire State Poll
The Empire State Poll (ESP), first launched in 2003, is the first statewide survey of its kind within New York State. Modeled on successful state polls such as the Ohio Buckeye Poll, the Minnesota State Survey, and the Wisconsin Badger Poll, the ESP is specifically designed to provide actionable and quantified data on New York State. The core instrument includes workplace, community, governmental, economic, and special topical issue questions in addition to rotating omnibus modules submitted by researchers. We conduct 800 interviews each spring using a Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI) software system.
The ESP survey sample consists of randomly selected households from all listed New York State telephone exchanges. The sampling frame is proportionally split between Upstate and Downstate residents, allowing comparisons between the overall state and these geographic regions. Our participant selection procedures ensure that every household within New York State has an equal chance to be included in the survey, and that once the household is sampled, every adult has an equal chance to be included in the poll.
The ESP has four primary objectives:
- Provide a long-term benchmark of New York State residents' characteristics, attitudes, experiences, and behaviors through the use of an annual core instrument.
- Create an efficient and affordable opportunity for organizations and researchers to survey residents on specific topics within the poll.
- Survey residents annually on newsworthy issues to assess New York State public opinion, and then compare those opinions with the rest of the country using equivalent national public opinion polling data.
- Better understand regional and intra-state differences by surveying 400 Upstate and 400 Downstate New York State residents.
Want to participate or learn more?
To participate, please go to: https://sri.cornell.edu/esp19
For more information contact:
Survey Research Institute
391 Pine Tree Rd Rm. 118
Questionnaires & Reports
Please note: some of the questionnaires & reports may take a moment to download.
- 2015 Questionnaire (193 KB)
- 2013 Questionnaire (169 KB)
- 2012 Questionnaire (394 KB)
- 2011 Questionnaire (507 KB)
- 2010 Questionnaire (227 KB)
- Introduction and Methodology (300 KB)
- Empire Poll Results (298 KB)
- Institutional Trust (244 KB)
- ESP 2003 to 2008 (301 KB)
- Contingent valuation analysis of willingness to pay to reduce childhood obesity (238 KB)
- 2007 Questionnaire (42 KB)
- Introduction and Methodology (335 KB)
- Empire Poll Results (432 KB)
- Immigration and Community Response (258 KB)
Rural New York Minute - CaRDI
- October 2007: Driver's Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants: Policy Considerations for New York State
- August 2007: New Yorkers are more optimistic about their personal finances than the State's economic future
- July 2007: Community Issues in New York State: What's Important?
- June 2007: What does "Community" mean to New Yorkers?
- May 2007: Health Care Access in Rural NY: It's not just about having health insurance
- April 2007: New York State Consumers Express Strong Interest in Local Food
- February 2007 : What Issues Are Important to Upstate New Yorkers?
Research and Policy Brief Series
- August 2007: Heats and Animosities: What Rural New Yorkers Think about Local Taxes and Services
- July 2007: School-Based Health Centers in NYS
- May 2007: Farm-to-School Initiatives Gaining Ground in New York State
- March 2007 : New Yorkers' Perceptions of Immigrants and Immigration
- February 2007 : Childhood Obesity: Do New Yorkers Support Policies to Reduce it?
- January 2007 : Terrorism & Residential Location Preferences in New York State
- 2006 Questionnaire (97 KB)
- ESP 2006 Codebook (110 KB)
- Introduction and Methodology (357 KB)
- Economic Well Being (386 KB)
- Social and Political (336 KB)
- ESP 2006 Special Report: Security and Privacy (357 KB)
- Immigration Policy (279 KB)
- Childhood Obesity in NYS (42 KB)
- Wireless Substitution: Preliminary Data from the January-June 2006 National Health Interview Survey (47 KB)
- 2005 Questionnaire (141 KB)
- ESP 2005 Special Report: Revisions to Social Security (224 KB)
- ESP 2005 Special Report: Higher Education Spending in New York State (264 KB)
- Intro & Methodology (368 KB)
- Political, Economic, Social (296 KB)
- Workplace & Labor Issues (266 KB)
- Stem Cell Research in NYS (254 KB)
- 2004 Questionnaire (955 KB)