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John Zogby : biography

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John Zogby (born 1948) founder of the "Zogby Poll" and the Zogby companies, is an American public opinion pollster and author. His polling is best known for both phone polling and interactive, Internet-based polling. Zogby is currently Senior Analyst with Zogby Analytics. Zogby Analytics


An interpreter of the political scene, Zogby had a brief stint as an aspiring politician himself in 1981, when he ran unsuccessfully for Mayor of Utica, New York. He describes himself as a Democrat, while his polling firm is "independent and nonpartisan."

Zogby International

Zogby founded the polling firm Zogby International in 1984. Since then, he has conducted polls and focus groups around the world, though he has gained the most publicity for his polls of United States presidential elections.

He first gained attention in the 1992 presidential election when he released a survey showing the New York State Governor Mario Cuomo would lose in his home state to incumbent President George H. W. Bush. That poll is widely thought to have pushed Cuomo from the race. Zogby gained more national attention in the 1996 presidential election when his final poll came within a tenth of a point of the actual result. Zogby also correctly polled the cliffhanger result of the 2000 presidential election won narrowly by George W. Bush, in contrast to most other pollsters who had expected Bush to win easily.

He has been known as an industry innovator, making it his standard practice to weight his political polls using party identification, which is not a common practice with other polls. Zogby claims this as one key reason his political polling has been so accurate over the years.

In 1998, Zogby began developing an interactive online polling methodology using a massive database of respondents that closely represents the national population at large.

Zogby International has also had success with elections in countries outside the United States. Zogby correctly called the 2001 Israeli election for Ariel Sharon, the 2000 Mexican election for Vicente Fox and again in Mexico with the victory of Felipe Calderón in 2006. Also, Zogby has made a sideline of polling Arab attitudes toward the United States, particularly in regard to Lebanon.

Zogby penned a comprehensive review of the process of polling the volatile 2008 Democratic Party nomination race between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

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In January 2010 a majority interest in Zogby International was sold to IBOPE Inteligência, a subsidiary of the IBOPE group, a Brazilian multinational company specializing in media, market and opinion research. Zogby was to be Chairman of the Board, with a nine year option to sell his interest if he so chose.

As of January 2012, differing as to the direction of the company, Zogby sold his remaining interest.

In February 2012, Zogby joined with his son, Jonathan Zogby, and a group of former senior staff members from Zogby International at a new company, , as Senior Analyst.

Other activities

Zogby hosted a weekly show called "Zogby's Real America," which debuted on XM Satellite Radio's POTUS 08 Channel 130 in September 2007. Daily radio vignettes were heard on POTUS 08, where Zogby's Real America co-host Fritz Wenzel also provided commentary and analysis on fresh Zogby polling data though the presidential election in November 2008.

Zogby writes a weekly column for and is in the U.S. News & World Report's Washington Whispers with a weekly "Obamameter" report.

Zogby writes a regular, standing political analysis column for Campaigns and Elections' Politics Magazine. Since May 2005, he has also been a contributing blogger at The Huffington Post.

Zogby is a Senior Advisor at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and serves as the first Senior Fellow of The Catholic University of America's Life Cycle Institute in Washington, D.C. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Advertising Research Foundation, based in New York City.

He serves on the advisory council for Bio-Technology for the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and is a Commissioner on the Center for Strategic and International Studies Commission on Smart Power.

In 2006, he was honoured as a "Living Legend of Oneida County" (NY) for his community service work and his founding of a groundbreaking worldwide company.

He is the author of The Way We'll Be, published by Random House in August 2008; it is an optimistic portrait of the new American consumer based on his polls.

Early years

Zogby grew up in Utica, New York, the son of Lebanese Catholic immigrants. His brother, James Zogby, is the founder of the Arab American Institute, and is also an independent pollster and Senior Analyst with Zogby Analytics.

Zogby received a Bachelor's degree in history from Le Moyne College in 1970 and a Master's degree in history from Syracuse University in 1973. He taught history and political science for 24 years. A trustee of Le Moyne College, Zogby received the Alumni Award in June, 2000. In 2005, he was awarded Honorary Doctorate Degrees from State University of New York and the Graduate School of Union University. In 2009, Zogby received an honorary degree from the College of St. Rose.

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