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Market, Political, Governmental Research and Analysis Since 1966

Meet Vic Profughi 

It would be a pleasure for him to put his extensive experience to work for you. Dr. Profughi is a member of AAPOR and subscribes to its Code of Professional Ethics and Practices.

 Dr. Vic Profughi is recognized as one of the leading authorities in Rhode Island on politics, elections, electoral processes, and voting behavior. He is unchallenged as Rhode Island dean of public opinion research and polling, and his vast experience extends to all phases of marketing research, personnel administration, and program evaluation.

 His experience with survey research dates to 1960 in the Greater Pittsburgh metro area, and since 1966 he has been the principal investigator for hundreds of marketing, public policy, and attitudinal studies.

 Initially his survey work was for academic purposes, but in 1976 he co-founded Alpha Research Associates, a firm that over the next 14 years built a solid reputation for excellence. As Alpha's co-founder and first president Vic was responsible for all of the technical expertise associated with that firm's professional services. Upon leaving Alpha in 1990, Vic established his own firm, Quest Research, and focused on his teaching interests. In 2000 he established the Rhode Island College Center for Public Policy, and became its first director. Two years later he began a center affiliate, the Bureau of Government Services, through which he brought major projects to the college that included a four year evaluation of a HUD HOPE VI project in Newport Rhode Island, EDA Capacity Building Grants, and a four year state funded Drug Prevention Initiative.

  Over his distinguished career he has collaborated with some of the industry's very best including, among others, Peter Hart, Market Opinion Research, University of Connecticut's Roper Center, Doug Schoen, Stan Greenberg, and John Zogby.

  Vic has taught market research at Rhode Island College for its Management Department, urban politics, administration, civil liberties, and personnel in the college's Political Science Department. He also has taught courses on political campaigning and communications for the Communications Department at RIC. Holding a joint faculty appointment at the University of Rhode Island, he is an integral part of the Master of Public Administration program.

 Vic has completed postdoctoral work in public opinion research at the Roper Center, University of Connecticut, and holds a Ph. D. and M. A. in Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh. His undergraduate degree is from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (formerly Indiana State Teachers College). 

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