November 1623, 2000
Terry Madonna, Reporters at Your Feet...
Madonna is the Daily News pollster, so it makes sense that his name appeared in that paper 26 times so far this year. But hes actually shown up in the Inquirer more frequently 28 times. And neither figure is a record; in 1994, Madonnas name appeared in the Daily News 32 times.
Madonna, speaking from his Millersville office, says he cant explain his popularity, except to suggest that its just fed off itself. In addition to polling for the Daily News (and Fox Philadelphia), hes served as an analyst for WHYY and been interviewed many times by talk radio stations.
"We put out a lot of research," he says, referring to Millersvilles Center for Politics and Public Affairs, which he heads. "We do the Keystone Poll, we put out a lot of articles and reports. I think of what we do as supplying information to a whole variety of people."
If reporters frequently use that information, or call him for comment, thats their business. Neither he nor the university have made an effort to promote the centers work, he says. But if it helps to promote discussion, so much the better.
"I think its great when people get involved in political debate," he says. "Thats what I always try to do as a teacher."