Department of Political Science

Welcome to the Political Analysis Lab! 

PAL 2016

Students in the 2016 PAL collect exit polling data on election day

All Political Science majors at Fort Lewis take part in the Political Analysis Lab (PAL) as the captsone experience of their undergraduate career. Students complete their own individual thesis projects as well as working as a research assistant for the PAL as we collect and analyze our own original data. 

Political Analysis Lab Data:

  • The 2016 PAL conducted an exit poll of the 2016 general elections. Students designed the survey instrument to include questions on feelings towards the presidential candidates and campaign and several specific policies on the ballot from right to die to marijuana legalization to terrorism.   
  • The 2017 PAL is currently working on a project analyzing changing bases of party support and party loyalty in an effort to understand whether and how the American political parties are changing. We'll publish our data here as soon as we have completed our project this December!