Election 2008

About the Palmetto Poll

The Palmetto Poll is the best-known independent poll of South Carolina voters. It is directed by Clemson University's Political Science Department and conducted by David Sparks & Associates of Clemson, S.C. The poll is conducted several times during political years.

Clemson's Political Experts

The race for the White House is now down to three major-party candidates: Republican John McCain, Democrat Barack Obama and Libertarian Bob Barr. Each candidate continues to tout his own record while questioning that of his opponent. Clemson University academic experts are available to help dissect this year’s campaigns.

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Joseph Stewart

 

Joseph Stewart
Chairman
(864) 656-3234

Racial and ethnic politics; education policy

David Woodard

David Woodard
(864) 656-3551

Southern politics; mass media; conservatism; religion; Republican consultant

Bruce Ransom

Bruce Ransom
(864) 656-0214 or
656-1650

African-American politics; state and local politics; community development; campaigns; redistricting; gambling

Laura Olson

Laura Olson
(864) 656-1457

Religion and politics in America; religion and social trends

Xiaobo Hu

Xiaobo Hu
(864) 656-1452

Chinese politics; economy and culture; international politics

Adam Warber

Adam Warber
(864) 656-1828

American presidency; federal policy; federal bureaucracy

Steve Wainscott

Steve Wainscott
(864) 656-4762

Supreme Court; Southern politics; American government

John Alexander

John Alexander
(864) 656-0547

How elections affect the stock market