Greater New Haven still tied to national politics

  • West Haven-Left to Right: New Haven Mayor John DeStefano, West Haven Mayor John Picard, State Senator Toni Harp, and New Haven School Superintendent Reginald Mayo, listen to remarks by UNH President Steven Kaplan about a joint agreement to establish a UNH scholarship program for Engineering and Science University Magnet School students. A new state funded facility is to be constructed on or near the UNH campus. Melanie Stengel/Register Photo: Melanie Stengel

Editor’s note: This is a companion piece to the Register’s Top 50 story on politics .

As in the days of the 18th century and New Haven’s first mayor, Roger Sherman, political thought in Greater New Haven remains connected to the national scene.

John Lahey, the recently retired president of Quinnipiac University, saw an opportunity in capturing political beliefs of residents across the Northeast and the country as he came to the school.

In 1988, he said established the Quinnipiac University poll, drawing on a fledgling effort from marketing professor Paul Falcigno and his own experience at Marist College as a way to spread the word about the school further into the state and into New York and New Jersey.

Click through the slideshow above to view a recent Quinnipiac poll: Americans vote on President’s Trump’s performance.

It has been an effective promotional tool over the years, he said, as Quinnipiac has reached beyond the tri-state area — applications increase from the states…

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