Spotlight on Harvard Public Opinion Project

HPOP members Max Ubiñas ‘17, Dustin Chiang ‘19, Trey Sexton ‘19, and Erik Fliegauf ‘19 at The Daily Show for a show featuring IOP Polling Director John Della Volpe

HPOP Chair Erik Fliegauf '19 

The Harvard Public Opinion Project (HPOP) produces the nation’s premier poll of 18 to 29 year-olds with a focus on politics and public service.  Each semester, undergraduates, with the guidance of IOP Director of Polling John Della Volpe, brainstorm and write questions that provide insight into the political opinions and civic engagement of young Americans. Students then learn how to analyze the results of the poll to better understand the views of 18-29 year olds.  They give millennials a voice by presenting their findings to politicians, national news media, and the general public.

HPOP has recently completed analyzing data for the spring youth poll, which will soon be released.  This semester, members had the opportunity to reflect on the 2016 election and posed thought-provoking, insightful questions on the new administration, the media, and their place in the world.  HPOP is partnering again with the Harvard Political Review to write and publish articles about these findings.

If you want to learn more about HPOP, reach out to Erik Fliegauf at

"I love HPOP not just for the experiences of community, learning, and exchange of ideas, but for the contribution that our work makes to understanding ourselves – our peers across the nation – year after year. What are people thinking about politics? How are they feeling? These questions sound hard to answer, but HPOP amazes me because we manage to do it! "
— Erik Fliegauf