Who is Jim Kane?

Jim Kane is a pollster and media advisor, and was for fifteen years an Adjunct Professor of Political Science at the University of Florida.

Kane is founder of the polling firm USAPoll and served as the Director of the Florida Voter Poll. His political clients have included both Republican and Democratic candidates, including the Republican Party of Florida, and both the Sun-Sentinel and Orlando Sentinel newspapers.

At the University of Florida, Professor Kane taught graduate level courses in political science on Survey Research, Lobbying and Special Interest Groups in America, Political Campaigning, and Political Behavior.

Jim has authored and co-authored 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, Kane received the “Best Paper of the Year Award” from the American Political Science Association for his work in state and local politics.

In addition to his professional and academic career, Jim Kane has been actively involved in local and state policy decisions. He was elected to the Broward County Soil and Water Conservation Board (1978-1982) and the Port Everglades Authority (1988-1994).

Kane also served as an appointed member of the Broward County Planning Council (1995-2003), Broward County Management Review Committee (Chair, 1990-1991), Broward County Consumer Protection Board (1976-1982), and the Broward County School Board Consultants Review Committee (1986-1990).