The man who founded the authoritative Field Poll, a mainstay of California and national politics for decades, has died.
Field Poll Director Mark DiCamillo says Mervin Field died Monday in Marin County. He was 94 years old.
The Field Poll has published more than 2,500 reports on public opinion since Field launched the company in San Francisco in 1947.
California Journal selected Field as one of 30 men and women who had the greatest influence on California government and politics in the 20th century. The journal said Field "has been the man who explained Californians to one another and the nation."
Field is survived by a daughter, Nancy, of Oakland; son David, of San Rafael; and daughter Melanie, son-in-law John Lacuadra, and grandson Dante Lacuadra, all of Novato.
NBC Bay Area is the official Bay Area television partner of the Field Poll.