Gregory Holyk

Nonresident Fellow, Public Opinion and Foreign Policy

Areas of expertise: Lester Crown Center on US Foreign Policy, Public Opinion


Gregory Holyk is a senior research analyst with Langer Research Associates in New York, a survey research firm that conducts polling and analysis for ABC News, produces the weekly Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index and provides custom survey research and analysis for a broad array of clients, including nonprofits, businesses, and universities, among others.
He is an expert in statistical analysis, statistical modeling, and survey methodology whose fields of interest also include public opinion, American politics, the politics of the mass media, foreign policy, and international relations.
Holyk received his doctoral degree in political science from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where his dissertation compared predictors of foreign policy preferences between policy leaders and the general public. He also holds a MSc in cognitive psychology from the University of Calgary, Canada.
Holyk has been an analyst and Langer Research since 2011. He’s served as ABC’s representative on the six-member National Exit Poll Survey Committee in 2012, 2014, and is reprising that role for the upcoming 2016 election, and takes a leading role in most political surveys at Langer Research. He’s been at the forefront of ABC News’ election night analysis desk for the primaries and general election in those same years. During his time at Langer Research, Holyk has authored more than 50 poll analysis stories for ABC News and contributed to hundreds more.
Previously, he was a visiting professor of politics (2009-2011) at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, where he taught courses on American politics and foreign policy, public opinion, polling, statistics, and survey methodology.
He also has worked extensively with the Chicago Council as a survey and statistics consultant, playing an integral role in conceptualizing projects, designing questionnaires, monitoring field work, analyzing data, writing reports, and presenting results on several major studies. He was the chief data analyst for the Council’s 2008 Soft Power in Asia survey, project director for the 2008 Global Views and global agricultural development surveys, and team member and data analyst for the 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2015 Global Views survey.
He is the author or coauthor of seven publications in peer-reviewed journals including Public Opinion Quarterly, Political Science Quarterly, and the International Journal of Public Opinion Research; nine chapters in edited volumes; and more than 30 presentations at national conferences of the American Political Science Association, the American Association for Public Opinion Research, and other professional organizations.
Holyk is an active member of the American Association for Public Opinion Research, including head of the Data Analysis Subcommittee of the organization’s Membership and Chapter Relations Subcommittee; and an active reviewer for the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Official Statistics, and the International Journal of Public Opinion Research.

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