Marist College offers extensive research opportunities

Students at Marist College in New York who wish to be involved in the various aspects of research have the opportunity to through the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion (MIPO). The center, which was launched in 1978, is the nation's first college-based survey resource to encourage undergraduate participation.

Participating students have the opportunity to participate in every poll as interns or employees. According to a MIPO survey that asked Americans if they believe in soul mates, nearly three out of four people - or 73 percent - say that they do. In fact, 80 percent of those under the age of 30 and 78 percent between the ages of 30 and 44 believe in the idea.

However, when MIPO conducted a similar poll the year before, only 66 percent reported that they believed two people can be meant for each other.

The results can be found on MIPO's website, which is called Pebbles and Pundits.

"Our goal is to create a 'one-stop shop' or 'poll bureau' that fulfills all of the public's research needs and curiosity," said Lee Miringoff, director of MIPO. "From our poll data to expert interviews, it's our intent to help users educate themselves and form the best personal opinions they can." 

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