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Charles Franklin

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Charles Franklin was the co-developer of Pollster.com where he created the graphics and Pollster's "Trend Estimator". His work at Pollster (with Mark Blumenthal) became a widely cited source of non-partisan analysis of polling trends, winning the "Innovator's Award"' in 2007 from the American Association for Public Opinion Research, cited by the New York Times Magazine as one of the "Year in Ideas of 2008"' and picked by Edward Tufte for best visualization of the 2008 election. Pollster.com was named by Time Magazine one of the "50 Best Websites of 2009."
In 2008, Franklin was co-director of The Big Ten Poll which conducted polls in the Big Ten states and nationally. He is also an election night consultant for ABC News's Election Night Decision Desk and has been a member of the executive committees of a number of scientific and professional organizations.
His day job is professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he teaches advanced statistical methods to graduate students and teaches practical and applied methods to undergraduates interested in political careers in campaigns and public opinion. His academic research focuses on advanced statistical and graphical analysis of public opinion and election outcomes. Franklin has served on numerous scientific boards, including the National Election Study. He and co-author Liane Kosaki received the "Lasting Contribution Award" in 2009 from the Law and Courts section of the American Political Science Association for their work on the Supreme Court and public opinion. He is past president of the Society for Political Methodology, and was elected a Fellow of the Society in 2009.