The Jacksonville University Public Policy Institute finished an extraordinary year of progress in 2015, with substantive political debates, a much-cited inaugural GOP primary poll, important lectures, the conferring of the first MPP degrees in the history of Florida, and more.
Televised Debates– For the first time in the 81-year history of JU, there were live, televised debates from the JU campus. In a growing partnership, JU PPI and WJXT TV-4 co-hosted four live televised debates in March and May – in the primary and general elections for the Jacksonville Mayor’s and Sheriff’s races. There are plans to host future debates.
Presidential Poll – Following the recommendations of PPI board members, the Institute launched its first poll in September. The poll for the Republican Presidential primary in Florida, which found a major shakeup among the frontrunners, received local, statewide and national coverage. It was cited in Real Clear Politics, the Washington Post, MSNBC, the Hill, Politico, and more than 30 other publications. It was covered on television, print, radio and online. JU PPI hopes to make polling a defining part of the work of the Institute.