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Fishlinger Center for Public Policy Research Announces Landmark Study on Social Issues


Riverdale, N.Y. – The College of Mount Saint Vincent’s Fishlinger Center for Public Policy Research has announced its first public policy survey project on a range of social issues.

The study will poll a nationally representative sample of 1,250 U.S. adults (18+) on a number of social issues, including affordable health care, drug addiction, education opportunities, environmental issues, and poverty—with a special emphasis placed on questions surrounding human trafficking.

For each of the social issues presented, the study taps current awareness, knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors to encourage students to engage in meaningful dialog and take constructive action. Areas of inquiry include importance, perceived prevalence, and security, the extent to which the issue is currently addressed, as well as familiarity with the victims. Additionally, the study profiles current involvement, interest in future involvement and being involved, and assessment of current efforts.

Launched in February 2015, the Center has already contributed to the creation of two new majors in public policy and market data analytics. The development of the Center, which is slated to open in late summer, opens new vistas for illuminating public opinion on social issues presented in the landmark study, and actively engages students in research.

The study will be reported in a series of symposia in the Fall of 2015 at the College of Mount Saint Vincent.

About the College of Mount Saint Vincent
Founded in 1847 by the Sisters of Charity, the College of Mount Saint Vincent offers nationally recognized liberal arts education and a select array of professional fields of study on a landmark campus overlooking the Hudson River. Committed to the education of the whole person, and enriched by the unparalleled cultural, educational and career opportunities of New York City, the College equips students with the knowledge, skills and experiences necessary for lives of achievement, professional accomplishment and leadership in the 21st century.