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John Della Volpe

Author and Director of Polling, Harvard Kennedy School IOP

About John Della Volpe

John is the director of polling at the Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics and the author of Fight: How Gen Z is Channeling Their Fear and Passion to Save America (St. Martin's Press, January 2022). The Washington Post referred to John as one of the world’s leading authorities on global sentiment, opinion, and influence, especially among young Americans and in the age of digital and social media. John is also co-founder of SocialSphere, a Cambridge-based public opinion and analytics company. Read more of John's outstanding writing and analysis at

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Analysis of the Harvard Youth Poll (Part 2)
After comparing his most recent poll to past Harvard Youth polls, John Della Volpe writes ," I was honestly surprised by what I found — and it made me reconsider whether I am thinking about the Biden/Trump campaign the right way."
April 23, 2024
47th(!) Harvard Youth Poll Drop (Part 1)
John Della Volpe breaks down the 47th Harvard Youth Poll: "The students were curious about the state of the 2024 campaign, but we also dug deep into important issues like Israel/Gaza, immigration, institutional trust, culture wars, mental health, along with typology and attitudes about voting and politics."
April 18, 2024
The (Very Good) Politics Related To Student Debt Relief
A deep-dive into John Della Volpe's recent polling on an issue that could go a long way in deciding the outcome of the election.
April 9, 2024
Strategy Session with Guest: John Della Volpe
Strategy Session

Strategy Session

Concerned about where Gen Z voters are in 2024? We all should be and that's what Joe Trippi and special guest John Della Volpe got into last night. John is the head of polling at Harvard's Institute of Politics and wrote "Fight: How Gen Z Is Channeling Their Fear and Passion to Save America" and breaks down what he's seeing in focus groups and polls. Essential watching.
March 6, 2024
Headlines Vs. Heartlines: Peeling Back Polling Narratives And Discovering A Unified Democratic Party
What if there isn't the generational divide that we're all led to believe exists - at least within the Democratic Party? Now the Republicans...
September 11, 2023
Gen Z Climate Change Protest
Ring The Alarm
Young voters are more progressive than ever, but record 2020 turnout and support for Democrats in 2024 are far from guaranteed.
June 22, 2023
LGBTQ Zoomers Are Under Stress And Under Attack, But Are Staying In The Fight
"A growing body of research has tracked the detrimental impacts of far-right, culture war-related stress on broad segments of the American population, from young adults to women, to racial and LGBT communities," but that's not stopping Zoomers from fighting.
June 8, 2023
For Anyone Questioning Gen Z’s Commitment to America: DON’T
Neither hot takes, nor lazy takes are helpful in understanding Gen Z, what motivates their activism, or how to reach them.
March 30, 2023
That Trippi Show
"Republicans are on the verge of losing this generation forever"
That Trippi Show

That Trippi Show

On a special guest episode of That Trippi Show, author and director of polling at the Harvard Institute of Politics, John Della Volpe, joins Joe and Alex to discuss one of the most impactful trends in politics -- growing engagement among young voters. What changed in 2018 that John and Joe see continuing through 2022 and beyond? And why John thinks Democrats might be winning the long-term battle for young voters -- and locking in gains for decades. What policies and tactics should campaigns follow to win young voters? (Hint: It's all about the relationships, not the transactions).
November 25, 2022