USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll  

Conducted at regular intervals throughout the year, the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll is one of the largest polls of registered voters in California and has been widely cited, helping to inform the public and to encourage discourse on key political and policy issues.


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  Election Night Watch Party 


Tuesday, November 4, 2014, 6:15 PM

Ground Zero Performance Cafe
615 Childs Way
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA 90089-1541

Free food served at 6:00 PM
Discussion begins at 6:30 PM.
Desserts and coffee served at 7:30 PM.
Food and space are limited. First come, first served.

Join us or free food and a live streaming of election results! First 100 attendees will receive a coupon for any drink on the Groundzero Menu, including milkshakes, free! From 6:30 - 7:00 PM, our panel will discuss the latest results, and be ready to return to the mics to talk about further developments. Dessert and coffee will begin at 7:30 PM, and the broadcast and analysis will continue throughout the night! Food and space are limited. First come, first served.

Professor Robert Shrum, Warschaw Chair in Practical Politics, USC Department of Political Science
Sam Blakeslee, Founding Director, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Institute for Advanced Technology and Public Policy
Jennifer Massey, President, USC College Republicans
Nick Germain, Political Director, USC College Democrats

Moderated by:
Dan Schnur, Executive Director, USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics

For more information, please email, visit, or contact us at (213) 740-8964.


Dan Schnur Gets Nominated for the Ice Bucket Challenge! 

The Unruh Institute's Executive Director Dan Schnur took the Ice Bucket Challenge with USC College Democrats' President Alec White and USC College Republicans' President Jennifer Massey to support ALS awareness, bi-paritsanly!


    Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics Video  


 The mission of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics is to motivate students to become active in the world of politics and encourage public officials to participate in the daily life of USC. The following video features Executive Director Dan Schnur, friends and former staff, along with students who have applied their education through internships at every level of government -- from the White House, to the CA State Capitol and here locally at City Hall in Los Angeles.


Director's Corner

How Joni Ernst and Cory Gardner Point the GOP's Way for 2016

The Wall Street Journal
October 29, 2014

Mitch McConnell and John Boehner might disagree. But Joni Ernst and Cory Gardner are the two most important Republicans in America–even if most Americans don’t know who they are. Read more>

How the Ray Rice Scandal Could Factor Into the Midterms

The Wall Street Journal
October 8, 2014

Is it possible that the most important man in the 2014 midterm elections could turn out to be … Ray Rice?

Even a few months ago, it would have been difficult to imagine a scenario in which the former Baltimore Ravens running back/spousal abuser could have been a factor in this fall’s campaign season. But as Republican candidates look for ways to protect themselves against the “war on women” attack that Democrats have waged for most of this year, the issue of domestic violence has emerged as a critical component in the GOP defense. Read more>

Review: Henry Kissinger's 'World Order' is a timely warning

Los Angeles Times
September 5, 2014

In an age in which advances in technology, communications and transportation have dramatically shrunk the distance between cultures and countries, in a nation that became a global superpower by assuming a leadership role economically, diplomatically and militarily over most of the last century, isolationist forces at the extremes of both of our major political parties are pulling the United States away from its traditional role on the world stage. Read more>

For Better Politics, It's Time for Some Raging Moderates

Op-Ed, LA Times
July 11, 2014

Like more than 20% of my fellow Californians, I am now classified as a no-party-preference voter, registered to vote but with no affiliation to any of the state's polictical parties. Read more>

The Lesson of Indicted Politician's 341,000 Votes 

Opinion, San Francisco Chronicle 
June 10, 2014

When an accused arms dealer receives more than 300,000 votes in a campaign for statewide office, the most natural reaction for most of us is embarrassment. But here's an idea: We should build a statue to Leland Yee. Read more>

The Wrong Messenger, but the Right Message: Political Reform is Essential 

Viewpoint, Sacramento Bee
June 8, 2014

At the conclusion of the movie "The Untouchables," Eliot Ness reflects on his efforts to clean up corruption in Al Capone's Chicago: "I have become what I have beheld, and I am content that I have done right." Read more>


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