Cliff Young is President of Ipsos’ Public Affairs in the United States, and also leads Ipsos' global election and political polling risk practice. His research specialties include social and public opinion trends, crisis management, corporate and institution reputation, and election polling. He works with a wide variety of corporate, government, media, and political clients. He also currently oversees Ipsos' US public opinion polling for Thomson Reuters, and is the spokesperson for Ipsos Public Affairs in the US.
Cliff is considered an expert on polling in emerging markets, as well as polling in adverse and hostile conditions. Before coming to Ipsos Public Affairs North America, he was Managing Director of Ipsos Public Affairs Brazil where he started the practice for Ipsos. Cliff has polled on over 80 elections around the world; most recently he successfully completed polling on 25 races for the US midterms in 2010; the Nigerian Presidential and Gubernatorial elections in 2011, the Federal and Parliamentary elections in Canada in 2011; the Russian presidential elections 2012; the Egyptian and Kuwaiti Parliamentary elections in 2011/2012, US presidential election 2012, and the Venezuelan presidential elections in 2012 and 2013.
Trained in survey sampling and survey methods design, Cliff has led on more than 100 full public opinion sample designs and post-survey analytics in the following countries: Mexico, Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Chile, South Africa, Russia, India, Indonesia, China, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Palestine, China, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates, Iraq, Afghanistan, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Spain, Italy, Nigeria, Mozambique, Angola, Guinea Bissau, and New Caledonia.
He is a frequent writer, analyst, and commentator on elections, communication, and public opinion.
Cliff earned his BA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and did his graduate work at the University of Chicago (MA and PhD). He also trained as a survey statistician at the University of Michigan and in political psychology at Stanford. Cliff is also an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins SAIS and an instructor at Columbia University SIPA where he teaches courses on public opinion and political risk.