Kyle Dropp

Co-Founder & Chief Research Officer


Dr. Kyle Dropp is the Co-Founder and Chief Research Officer of Morning Consult, a global data intelligence company delivering insights on what people think in real time.

As a prominent scholar in survey research and data science, he co-founded Morning Consult in 2013 and leads the company’s research division, including its relationships with more than 250 Fortune 500 companies, media organizations and industry trade associations. 

His 2015 landmark theory on “shy Trump voters” became a fundamental concept of 2016 election discourse, earning national attention and cementing Morning Consult as a “breakout company that broke the dam in 2016 polling,” according to Business Insider. 

Previously, Dr. Dropp served as an assistant professor in the Department of Government at Dartmouth College and led Dartmouth’s Washington off-campus program from 2016 to 2018, teaching undergraduate courses in persuasion, government and applied data science.

Dr. Dropp received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford University in 2013 and was a Visiting Associate Research Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. Originally from Milwaukee, he attended the University of Wisconsin and worked in The Washington Post’s polling unit prior to graduate school.

Dr. Dropp is a member of Page Up for the Arthur W. Page Society, the Aspen Institute’s Vanguard Leadership Board, the Economic Club of Washington, D.C., the French-American Foundation’s Young Leaders Program, and the Public Affairs Council’s Board of Directors.

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About Morning Consult

Named one of the fastest growing technology companies in North America by Deloitte, Morning Consult is revolutionizing ways to collect, organize, and share survey research data globally to transform how leaders in business and government make decisions. Morning Consult provides brand-tracking technology, survey research, and news for hundreds of the world’s biggest companies and industry associations. Additionally, Morning Consult conducts regular surveys for major media organizations including POLITICO, The Hollywood Reporter, Bloomberg, and The New York Times.

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