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Topic: Alcohol Abuse
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WSU News Release (February 28, 2009) -WSU Presents Deliberative Polling Project -
WINONA, Minn. (WSU-UC) – Winona State University is one of 14 higher educational institutions participating this spring in a deliberative polling project sponsored by the American Democracy Project.
In conjunction with the Center for Deliberative Democracy at Stanford University, the American Democracy Project at WSU will conduct a survey in March of Winona residents on the issue of alcohol abuse. On April 25, respondents will be invited to attend a day of deliberation in which they will discuss the issue in small, moderated groups and ask questions of expert panelists. Meals and refreshments are served with an opportunity to win door prizes.
During the first and second weeks of March, more than 90 students will call randomly-selected Winona residents. The sample is drawn both of the general Winona resident population, which includes off-campus student housing, and then a separate random sample of on-campus students
Project leader Kara Lindaman, a professor of political science at WSU, explained the significance of the process of deliberative polling.
“Deliberative polling has shown a statistically significant increase in information gain and attitude formation on salient and complex public problems suchissues such as alcohol,” Lindaman said. “WSU selected alcohol abuse because it is an important issue to both the campus and Winona communities.”
“Participants are invited to campus to engage in this participatory style of democracy in order to encourage this process of deliberation in the discussion of future complex public problems facing the Winona community,” she said. “It is the hopes of the American Democracy Project that public colleges and universities become the venue for valuable discussions and active democracy can occur.”
For more information about deliberative polling, visit the Center for Deliberative Democracy: http://cdd.stanford.edu/polls/docs/summary/.
For more information about WSU’s deliberative polling project, call Lindaman at 507-457-5406 or e-mail: KLindaman@winona.edu.
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