Steve Koczela

President, MassINC Polling Group

About Steve Koczela

Steve Koczela is the President of The MassINC Polling Group, where he has grown the organization from its infancy to a nationally known and respected polling provider. During the 2014 election cycle, MPG conducted election polling for WBUR, the continuation of a three-year partnership. Koczela again led the endeavor, producing polls which came within one point of the margin in both the Massachusetts gubernatorial and U.S. Senate Elections. He was also lead writer for Poll Vault, WBUR’s political reporting section during the 2014 Election Cycle.

He has led survey research programs for the U.S. Department of State in Iraq, in key states for President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign, and has conducted surveys and polls on behalf of many private corporations. Koczela brings a deep understanding of the foundations of public opinion and a wide ranging methodological expertise. He earned U.S. Department of State recognition for his leading edge work on sample evaluation in post conflict areas using geospatial systems.

Koczela is frequent guest on WBUR as well as many other news and talk programs in Massachusetts and elsewhere. His polling analysis is often cited in local, state, and national media outlets. He currently serves as President of the New England Chapter of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (NEAAPOR). Koczela holds a Master’s degree in Marketing Research from the University of Wisconsin and is a veteran of the war in Iraq.

About Steve Koczela

Steve Koczela is the President of The MassINC Polling Group, where he has grown the organization from its infancy to a nationally known and respected polling provider. During the 2014 election cycle, MPG conducted election polling for WBUR, the continuation of a three-year partnership. Koczela again led the endeavor, producing polls which came within one point of the margin in both the Massachusetts gubernatorial and U.S. Senate Elections. He was also lead writer for Poll Vault, WBUR’s political reporting section during the 2014 Election Cycle.

He has led survey research programs for the U.S. Department of State in Iraq, in key states for President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign, and has conducted surveys and polls on behalf of many private corporations. Koczela brings a deep understanding of the foundations of public opinion and a wide ranging methodological expertise. He earned U.S. Department of State recognition for his leading edge work on sample evaluation in post conflict areas using geospatial systems.

Koczela is frequent guest on WBUR as well as many other news and talk programs in Massachusetts and elsewhere. His polling analysis is often cited in local, state, and national media outlets. He currently serves as President of the New England Chapter of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (NEAAPOR). Koczela holds a Master’s degree in Marketing Research from the University of Wisconsin and is a veteran of the war in Iraq.

Stories by Steve Koczela

Is MBTA absenteeism really declining? 

New agency figures show no clear progress on key objective 

2016 Election live-blog

4:55 PM: Boston Turnout Non-Update Update

Baker still Mr. Popularity, but his T is not

63% view governor favorably; only 28% say T improving

Was the Trump wave a polling mirage?

Internet surveys may overstate voter support

Say it ain’t so, CNN

Method of selecting debate lineups ignores late surges

Fact-checking MBTA union’s radio ad

Carmen's Union confuses on-time performance and completed trips

T report misses mark on absenteeism numbers

MBTA panel sheds little light on key issue

Polling standards changing rapidly

Probability-based sampling no longer only game in town

Olympics numbers don’t add up

Poll data don’t support 2024 claims

Bromancing the vote

Male voters put Baker in the corner office. Now what?

Not exactly party time in Massachusetts

The number of unenrolled voters is climbing to historic highs

Is DCF really stretched thin?

Agency’s budget has declined, but so has its caseload

Boston’s challenge for the GOP

GOP has trouble connecting with non-white voters

No good data on heroin epidemic

Everyone is convinced there is a public health emergency, but there’s no numbers to prove it

Where are the most “swingers” in Massachusetts?

Republican candidates should venture into deep blue towns, and Dems should go where the map's all red. Here's why.

The blue-red color divide in Massachusetts

Politically, Massachusetts is now 3 regions

Gubernatorial candidates scramble for money

Most are targeting Mass., but some focus out of state

Small donors: nice sound bite, not much money

For gubernatorial campaigns, dollars from smaller donors make up less than a quarter of total raised

Twitter doesn’t have Pollsters running scared

The polling world is all “atwitter” about a professor’s claim that the social media platform Twitter will “undermine the polling industry”

Gomez: No tea for me, thanks.

Polling suggests that openly courting the Tea Party in Massachusetts would come with a heavier political price this year than it did when Scott Brown first ran in 2010.