Survey Research Office

The Survey Research Office is a unit within the Center for State Policy and Leadership at the University of Illinois Springfield.

The Survey Research Office (SRO), located within the Center for State and Policy Leadership at the University of Illinois Springfield, has a long history of providing applied research services to a diverse range of clients including state and local governmental agencies, nonprofit organizations, and small firms. The office has particular strengths in all aspects of survey research (from questionnaire design to analysis), conducting focus groups and in-depth interviews, and program evaluation. Some of our current and previous clients include Hospital Sisters Health Systems, Memorial Medical Center, the American Lung Association, the City of Springfield, and The Illinois Department of Transportation.  We invite you to learn more about our research and services by contacting us.

Recent News

The SRO recently completed data collection for the 2019 edition of the Illinois Issues Survey, conducted in conjunction with NPR Illinois. We are sharing the results through a series of releases over the next few weeks, which will be posted below.

Public Opinion of Illinois Voters Towards Social Issues

Public Opinion of Illinois Voters Towards Firearm Policies

Two-Thirds of Illinois Voters Support the Proposed Graduated Income Tax Amendment. Majorities are Following News Around it Closely and Think it Will be Good for the Financial Health of the State

Despite Increased Optimism and a Positive Evaluation of the Governor, More Illinois Voters Say They’ve Considered Moving Out of the State 

President Trump’s Approval Rating with Illinois Voters Prior to September 24


The SRO recently completed data collection for the 2019 iteration of the Sangamon County Citizen Survey.  We want to thank our outside sponsors on the project, the United Way of Central Illinois and the Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln.  The results of the Survey can be found below.

UIS Survey Research Office Welcomes Dr. Alan Simmons

Dr. Alan J. (AJ) Simmons is proud to be the new Director of the UIS Institute for Legal, Legislative, and Policy Studies (ILLAPS) and the Survey Research Office (SRO). In his role, AJ hopes to help people, governments, and organizations collect actionable data to make informed, evidence-based, decisions. AJ previously worked in the SRO as the Graduate Research Assistant prior to completing his PhD in Political Science from Arizona State University and leading a team of researchers for the Arizona state government. He is married to Valerie and they have two daughters. When he is not working, he enjoys spending time with his family, their two dogs, reading, hiking, fishing, playing/watching soccer, and gardening.

Professional Affiliations

SRO is aAASRO charter member of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) Transparency Initiative (TI). As a TI member, the Office is committed to holding up the goal of transparency in research and to conducting research in conformance with AAPOR’AAPOR TI_CharterMembers code of ethics. The Office is also affiliated with the Association of Academic Survey Research Organizations (AASRO). AASRO members are committed to advancing the goals of the academic survey research center community and the social and behavioral sciences generally.

Statement on Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)

Due to a July 2015 declaratory ruling by the Federal Communications Commission, all telephone interviewing (both landline and cellular) at SRO is conducted manually (i.e. without the assistance of autodialing). This is to ensure compliance with the FCC’s interpretation of the TCPA.