Analysis of the 2007

Saratoga Springs City Council Election


The survey and analysis was conducted by my Who Governs Saratoga Springs First Year Seminar. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about our results (

You can download my students' analysis of the 2007 City Council election that they presented to the community on December 6 at Skidmore College here:

They're Off: An Analysis of the 2007 Saratoga Springs City Council Election (Adobe Acrobat)


The Data

Citizens are encouraged to download and further analyze the data. You can download the Who Governs Saratoga Springs 2007 Dataset in excel format or email me and I can send it to you as an SPSS file (I am not technically able to post SPSS data on the web). You can download the codebook which has the questions we asked and what the variables and data mean.

I ask only two things. First that you share any interesting results or findings. Second, that you please mention where the data is from.

The poll was conducted on the Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday evening after the City Council Elections (Nov 7-11). We called a random sample of registered voters from the Saratoga County Board of Elections. Respondents were asked a 32 question phone survey, with ½ receiving a subset of questions on the mayoral race and the other ½ receiving a subset of questions on the public works race. Overally, we contacted 233 respondents who voted; non-voters were omitted from our results. The survey was conducted by the 12 first year students in my Who Governs Saratoga Springs as part of their class project studying political campaign in Saratoga Springs. You can download our survey questions here:

Mayor Survey

Commissioner of Public Work's Survey


Media Coverage

Skidmore Poll: Divisions Hurt Democrats, Paul Post, The Saratogian, Fri, Dec 7, 2007

Poll shows change is desired, Drew Kerr, The Post Start, Sunday, December 09, 2007

Skidmore survey finds feud cost incumbents - The Schenectedy Daily Gazette, Dec 10, 2007


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