Founder, political psychologist

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Steven Kull is a political psychologist and the founder and president of Voice of the People (VOP), a nonpartisan organization working to improve democracy by giving people a greater and more effective voice in government. He is also the Director of the Program for Public Consultation, part of the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland.

For two decades, Kull has conducted in-depth studies of public opinion on public policy issues in the United States and around the world. Kull has worked extensively with officials in the US Congress, the State Department, and the United Nations to develop surveys that help policymakers gain greater insight into the public values and beliefs on policy issues.

His organization, Voice of the People, conducts public consultations with members of Congress in states and Congressional districts on pending legislative proposals. He has testified to Congress and conducted briefings for NATO, the UN, and the European Commission. He also directed the international polling project, a collaboration of global research centers, and has played a central role in the BBC World Service Poll of global opinion.

Sought after by journalists seeking information on public attitudes on public policy, Kull has been regularly quoted in numerous publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and USA Today. He has appeared on NBC News, CBS News, CNN, PBS Newshour, BBC, NPR, and many other broadcast outlets.

His writing has been published in The Washington Post, Harper’s Magazine, USA Today, Political Science Quarterly, Foreign Policy, Public Opinion Quarterly, and many other publications.

There is substantial common ground among the American people as a whole—far more than in Congress.


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