Jon Cohen
Director of polling, Capital Insight

Jon Cohen is general manager and director of polling for Capital Insight, the independent polling group of Washington Post Media. Prior to the creation of Capital Insight, Jon was polling director and polling editor at The Washington Post. He works closely with Post editors and reporters on all Washington Post polls, including those conducted in partnership with ABC News, the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Pew Research Center. He contributes regularly to The Fix, and frequently discusses public opinion on radio and television. In addition to conducting original Post polls, Jon assists the newsroom in setting coverage standards for all public opinion content used by The Washington Post. He also crunches exit poll numbers and spearheads the Post’s election night decision operation.

Jon recently served as communications chair of AAPOR, the American Association for Public Opinion Research. He currently serves on the organization’s task force on emerging technologies. His work has appeared in the Public Opinion Quarterly and other publications. Before joining The Washington Post in 2006, he was assistant polling director at ABC News in New York and associate survey director at the Public Policy Institute of California in San Francisco. He holds an M.A. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley and is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University.

Latest by Jon Cohen

How did ‘the Berlin patient’ become free of HIV?

How did ‘the Berlin patient’ become free of HIV?

A new study rules out one possible explanation for the only known cure of a person infected with the virus.

Poll: Americans’ privacy concerns rise after Snowden’s NSA leaks

Poll: Americans’ privacy concerns rise after Snowden’s NSA leaks

Most think surveillance efforts infringe on rights with little security benefit but want fugitive charged with a crime.

Poll: Immigration a quandary for GOP

Poll: Immigration a quandary for GOP

Republicans hear conflicting desires from GOP base and Hispanic voters, according to Post-ABC News survey.

Poll finds black, white reactions to Zimmerman verdict vary wildly

Poll finds black, white reactions to Zimmerman verdict vary wildly

African Americans overwhelmingly disapprove of the trial’s outcome, while 51% of whites approve.