Category Archives: Statewide

Three Thoughts on the Iowa Polls

So Ted Cruz won.  That was unexpected to a lot of people, included otherwise very good pollsters like Ann Selzer (who conducts the Des Moines Register poll) and Douglas Schwartz (who is the head of the Quinnipiac poll). The cat is pretty much out of the bag now though that it wasn’t unexpected to us […]

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Four Thoughts About Iowa Tonight

This isn’t a “what to watch” post. What to watch has been done and done better than I have the remaining mental resources to do it. But here are four thoughts about tonight’s Iowa Republican caucus.  If they help you with a deeper understanding of what happens tonight, you’re welcome.  If they don’t, well…to steal […]

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FiveThirtyEight: Iowa’s Women Could Be Donald Trump’s Undoing

Although Democrats have relied on rhetoric about women’s health when trying to energize a certain female voter base, Republican or Republican-leaning women are more slippery quarry. Chris Wilson, Cruz’s pollster, recalled work he did on Greg Abbott’s gubernatorial campaign against Wendy Davis, who was coming off her folk-hero filibuster of an abortion bill in the […]

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Keep end-of-August start day for schools

Keep end-of-August start day for schools Robert Scott, For the Express-News | May 14, 2015 A surprising number of bills has been filed in the Texas Legislature to change the school start date, currently the fourth Monday in August. When I served as the state’s commissioner of education, my job was to analyze education policy […]

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Exclusive: Poll shows voter support for gas tax

Exclusive: Poll shows voter support for gas tax 16 February 2015 Aaron Gould Sheinin A majority of Georgia voters would support paying higher gas taxes to fund transportation improvements, a new poll released Monday shows. The poll, conducted for the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, shows strong support among Georgians for lawmakers to boost funding for […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Client Testimonials

“Chris Perkins and his team at Wilson Perkins Allen are the best in the business and I am proud to have them as the pollster for my campaign.”   – Senator Ted Cruz“I’ve worked with a lot of pollsters over the past 20+ years and Chris Wilson is simply the best.”  Representative Ann Wagner Do you have a […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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