The Institute for Policy and Opinion Research (IPOR) conducts regular surveys within the Commonwealth of Virginia. These polls focus on political, economic, and social issues of importance throughout the state. Many of these polls focus on electoral politics, but we also poll on important social issues. IPOR is the only organization measuring consumer sentiment in Virginia. Those polls are conducted quarterly in November, February, May and August.

IPOR's polls are underwritten by Roanoke College as a public service, providing Virginians and state leaders with information regarding the opinions of its citizens on various issues. IPOR is non-partisan and non-ideological. IPOR works with governmental agencies and private businesses when it does not conflict with mission of Roanoke College or the independence of IPOR.

The Institute operates a 20-station, state-of-the-art, Computer-Assisted-Telephone-Interview (CATI) call center on the Roanoke college campus. In addition to telephone polls, IPOR conducts mail, internet, and personal interview surveys. The Institute also completes program evaluations using appropriate methods for each project undertaken. IPOR sometimes works with non-profit agencies on a reduced-cost basis.  

RC Poll: Virginians views on former Gov. McDonnell and police cases in the news

January 22, 2015

Virginians think McDonnell was a good governor but should serve time. Opinions are divided on Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases.

RC Poll: Virginians support ethics reforms; split on Medicaid expansion; Favor protecting gun ownership but support expanded background checks  

January 20, 2015

Virginians were asked their opinions on a variety of issues before the Virginia General Assembly.

RC Poll: Gillespie closes gap, but Warner still has significant lead in Senate race; Voters' views on Puckett-gate, Ebola, and ISIS

October 28, 2014

A plurality of poll respondents named an economic issue as the most important problem facing the country.

RC Poll: Warner maintains large lead in Senate race, Clinton edges possible 2016 Republican rivals

September 24, 2014

Virginia Senator Mark Warner has the highest favorable ratings of any statewide elected official.

RC Poll: Virginians split on Medicaid expansion, but oppose unilateral action; think McDonnell acted wrongly

July 24, 2014

More than half of Virginians polled think former Gov. Bob McDonnell did something wrong in his interactions with the CEO of Star Scientific. McDonnell's trial begins next week. Also, Virginians are divided on Medicaid expansion.

RC Poll: Warner lead Gillespie in Senate race; Clinton keeps edge over possible 2016 Republican rivals; Obama approval down

July 23, 2014

Mark Warner holds 25 point lead over Ed Gillespie. In possible presidential matchups, Hillary Clinton leads three main Republican candidates. President Obama's approval rating down but Congress is lower.

Roanoke/Rutgers-Eagleton/Siena College Study: Simultaneous Polls - Va, NJ, NY Majority in 3 states favorable on Hillary Clinton;
Give Former Sec. of State 2016 lead over Christie, Paul & Ryan

March 4, 2014

Voters in NJ, NY & Va in favor of same-sex marriage, national gun registry, Keystone Pipeline, minimum wage hike, and medical marijuana. States mixed on Obamacare, unemployment extension. Cuomo Stronger in NY than Christie in NJ or McAuliffe in Va.


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