WPA Political Brief: 5 Days to E Day

Today’s surf report… We’re less than a week from Election Day and things are looking really good for the Grand Old Party.  So now the conversation is shifting to what the definition of a “wave” is. The Left wants to set the bar high, so that a pick-up of a handful of House seats and […]


WPA Political Brief: 26 Days Before Election Day

Hope you’re enjoying all the political ads. Following is another weekly political update to take your mind off of college football. First, signs and portents…. Just under four weeks remain until we will know what really happened this year. Until then , well it’s just reading tealeaves and telling you what I see. This week […]


What’s wrong in Appalachia (And what do we do about it?)

The early November statewide elections in Kentucky and West Virginia were something of a yawn compared to the excitement of 2009 where big Republican wins in Virginia and New Jersey presaged the 2010 wave that swept Republicans into a dominant position in the House and in states nationwide. In Kentucky, Republican nominee David Williams was […]


WRS Vice President to Manage Gerlach for PA Gubernatorial Bid

WPA Vice President Scott Migli was named pollster for Jim Gerlach in his campaign for Governor of Pennsylvania earlier this year.  Today Scott is taking a temporary leave of absence from WPA to manage Congressman Gerlach’s bid.  WPA CEO Chris Wilson will take on the role as pollster for the Gerlach campaign and will handle […]


Poll Check: GOP holding steady in NJ – increasing lead in VA

Republican candidates for Governor in Virginia and New Jersey are reaping rewards for the national Democrats problems on the health care front.  As you can see below, despite current Governor Jon Corzine’s spending spree, he continues to be stuck in the high 30’s, while Republican candidate Chris Christie has inched up from the mid-40’s to […]


Republicans On-track to Victories in VA and NJ

Despite being dealt significant loses in 2006 and 2008 nationwide, Republicans are on-track to pick-up the Governor’s mansion in both Virginia and New Jersey.  Two recently released surveys show the Republican nominee maintaining a strong lead over their Democratic opponent: VA Gov (6/30 – 7/2) McDonnell (R):  49% Deeds (D):  43% NJ Gov (7/7) Christie […]


State Budget Shortfalls Can Force Political Shift

A piece in the WSJ highlights that the recession in a dozen state governments across the nation will last for years to come:  State budgets look bad now, but they are set to get worse. The bulk of funds from the federal government’s stimulus package will be allocated by 2011, but tax collections aren’t likely to […]


When do endorsements matter?

This article was co-authored by Chris Wilson and Alex Brunk Endorsements are a matter of some debate among most political operatives and pollsters.  Conventional wisdom is that they don’t matter much.  When they do matter, it’s because they run contrary to expectations.  A Democratic Party official endorsing a Democratic candidate is not news. Colin Powell […]


Conservative versus Moderate Strategy Unhealthy for GOP

Hours before Chris Christie claimed victory in the Republican Primary for New Jersey Governor, the Politico printed an article claiming that the race between Christie and Steve Lonegan was a classic moderate versus conservative battle: The contest pits two wings of the Republican Party against each other, with Christie widely viewed as the moderate conservative […]


Roll Call: Chris Perkins joins WRS

Roll Call May 21, 2009 By Shira Toeplitz Roll Call Staff Things Are Perkins Up. GOP strategist Chris Perkins has joined Wilson Perkins Allen Opinion Research as vice president of the polling firm. A native of the Lone Star State, Perkins will run the Austin office and oversee the firm’s Texas operations. Perkins most recently […]


Watts now leads in OK Gov Match-up

See the Summary Tables (pdf). A recent WPA survey of 500 likely Oklahoma Republican primary voters indicates a very tight race for the Republican nomination for Governor. Former Congressman and Corporation Commissioner J.C. Watts leads Congresswoman Mary Fallin 39% to 36% if the Republican primary election for Governor were held today. Randy Brogdon receives five […]


Why The Rush To Annoint AG In PA Governor Race?

Since Barack Obama won Pennsylvania last November overwhelmingly, and Attorney General Tom Corbett won his re-election, many Republican leaders in PA are rushing to anoint AG Tom Corbett the Republican nominee for Governor because of that “impressive” victory. But let’s look at the race a little closer.  AG Tom Corbett is a good man, and one […]


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