The African American Sickle Cell Poll sought to comprehend African American participants’ awareness of sickle cell disease (SCD), motivation to seek information about SCD, and perceptions of SCD clinical trials.
Howard Initiative on Public Opinion
The Howard University Initiative on Public Opinion brings together the unique expertise and perspectives of scholars across disciplines to conduct national polls on important issues of relevance to African American and Latinx communities.
Every Opinion Counts
The Howard University Initiative on Public Opinion (HU Polling Initiative) conducts national polls on issues relevant to historically vulnerable communities. We specialize in collecting data on African American and Latinx communities' attitudes, experiences, perceptions, and opinions.
An interdisciplinary team of scholars, representing Afro-American Studies, Communication and Media Studies, Economics, English, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, and Sociology, provides our clients with a broad range of expertise in public opinion research.
Contemporary Public Opinion
The HU Polling Initiative contributes to the research mission of the University, providing a broad measure of contemporary public opinion and generating datasets for subsequent scholarly analysis. Graduate students are involved in the methodological design, data collection, and analysis of national polls and surveys.
HIPO Polls Conducted
African American Sickle Cell Poll
National Black Voter Poll
The National Black Voter Poll showed education, economy, and race relations shaped a strong preference for Hillary Clinton, among Black American voters, as their choice for President of the United States.
COVID-19 Survey Series
A series of surveys have been conducted examining COVID-19-related public and health impacts in African American and Hispanic/Latinx communities.
History of HIPO
Under the leadership of then Associate Provost for Research and Dean of the Graduate School, the late Gary L. Harris, Ph.D., a group of research faculty across disciplines convened at the annual retreat at Wintergreen, VA, to explore scholarly collaborations. The faculty of Disciplines in Dialogue observed that the diversity of the Black Diaspora is seldom reflected in national polls and surveys. Scholars from graduate programs in economics, political science, sociology and communication, culture, and media studies designed the Howard Initiative on Public Opinion (HIPO), to collect, analyze and report research findings on opinions of the Black Diaspora.
HU Polling Initiative Team
Terri Adams, Ph.D.
Director of HIPO & Associate Dean for the Office of External Affairs
(202) 806 -4670