Jim Kane is the Director of the Florida Voter Poll and an Adjunct Professor of Political Science at the University of Florida. He got his start in politics while in high school when he began working as a volunteer for county commission candidates. As a pollster and media advisor, his political clients have included such diverse candidates and organizations as Democratic Congressman Rob Wexler, Republican Senator Jim Scott, the Republican Party of Florida, and the Sun-Sentinel and Orlando Sentinel newspapers, and WSVN Channel in Miami.
He is the author and co-author of dozens of academic papers, peer-reviewed articles, and graduate-level book chapters. Some of Professor Kane’s published works include “The Structure of Political Competition: Dimensions of Candidate and Group Evaluation Revisited” published in Political Behavior, “Sometimes You Feel Like a Nut, Sometimes You Don’t: Citizens’ Ambivalence about Abortion” published in Political Psychology, “Public Opinion and Support for Direct Democracy,” published in Referendum Democracy: Citizen, Elites and Deliberation in Referendum Campaigns, and “The Florida Senate Campaign: An Analysis,” published in The Roads to Congress 2000.
In 2004, the American Political Science Association awarded Professor Kane the “Best Paper of the Year Award” for his work in state and local politics.
At the University of Florida, Professor Kane teaches graduate level courses in political science on Survey Research, Lobbying and Special Interest Groups in America, Political Campaigning, and Political Behavior. He is currently working on a book with co-author Professor Stephen Craig for Congressional Quarterly Press on how Americans’ trust of
Political institutions has changed over the past three decades and editing a second book on attitudinal ambivalence in the American electorate.