SAPOR was originally organized by Charles Powers of RTI International.  It was officially accepted by the AAPOR council in 1978. SAPOR’s first conference was held in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in November of that year. At that time, the chapter consisted of 90 members from nine states. The chapter has held an annual conference every year since 1986. About one hundred individuals are currently involved with SAPOR.


Would you like to join a SAPOR committee? There are several committees which need volunteers! Concerned about location? No worries! The committee meetings typically occur via phone conference. So as long as you have access to a phone, you’re in!

Membership Committee

The primary concern of the membership committee is to increase active memberships in SAPOR. This includes both adding new members as well as re-activating old members. If you are interested in joining, please email

Conference Committee

This committee would like to combine successful ventures from past conferences along with fresh ideas from SAPOR members to create an unforgettable conference! Although the conference committee has already had several meetings, we’d love to have more volunteers to help with the conference. If you are interested, please email Angel at

Website and Communications Committee

Shane Trahan is the chair of the Website and Communications Committee. The primary goal of this committee is to keep the website updated with information that is useful to SAPOR members as well as keeping members up to date with newsletters and updates about the organization. If you are interested in participating in this committee, please email Shane at


We continually review and updates our by-laws to adapt to ever changing needs of our membership. We strive to be inclusive and accommodating to our membership and we look forward to your participation.

Our by-laws can be downloaded in PDF format from the link below.

Download By-Laws PDF.

SAPOR Privacy Policy

This website is operated by the Southern Association for Public Opinion Research (SAPOR), chapter of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) which serves the southern United States from Texas to Virginia.

Our Privacy Policy can be downloaded in PDF from the link below.

Download Privacy Policy PDF.

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