Quinnipiac University Poll


Measuring the pulse of what matters most

Frequently cited by national and international media outlets, public officials and researchers, the independent Quinnipiac University Poll is universally regarded as the gold standard in national polling. Covering topics like politics, elections and issues of public concern, the Quinnipiac University Poll is widely recognized for its exactness and thoroughness, and as a barometer of public opinion on the issues that matter most to the American people.

Our Methodology

Reliable and timely polls led by respected industry professionals

By conducting at least 1 national survey every 2 weeks, the Quinnipiac University Poll is the most active polling institute of its kind in the country, requiring a staff of industry-leading experts to ensure each survey's accuracy and integrity. Our 9 full-time professional staff members include PhDs, media veterans and analytics experts who work together to create the methodology and all aspects of the survey process while directing each project from conception through analysis and information presentation.

For a typical public opinion survey, a randomly selected sample of about 1,000 registered voters, aged 18 and over, is interviewed over 5 or 6 days. The polls are conducted through a learning partnership with Quinnipiac students, in our state-of-the-art Polling Institute, close to our Mount Carmel and York Hill campuses.

It is this rare combination of expert staff, committed student pollsters and an unmatched research methodology that allows us to continuously stay front and center with information on today’s hottest and most debated topics.

Douglas Schwartz speaks with a reporter at WNPR.

Voice of the people

Douglas Schwartz, director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, is responsible for the poll's methodology and all aspects of the survey process, directing each project from conception through analysis. He offers analysis of the significance of the surveys and what they mean.

Media Coverage

Poll results are regularly included in media coverage from some of the most respected news outlets in the nation and around the world.

Latest Poll Results

Democrat holds 14-point likely voter lead in Virginia; Independent voters disapprove of Trump 2–1

With strong support from women and non-white voters and a double-digit lead among independent voters, Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam holds a 53 – 39% likely voter lead over Republican Ed Gillespie in the Virginia governor’s race, according to a poll released October 18. Libertarian Party candidate Cliff Hyra has 2%.


Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton (L) and Republican nominee Donald Trump on the stage at the final presidential debate at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 19, 2016.

The pulse of American politics

The Quinnipiac Poll is cited and analyzed from the highest levels of American government to state legislatures across the country. Over the past 30 years, it has become recognized as the definitive pulse of politics across the country.

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