3 Things All Political Campaigns Have in Common

All political campaigns have three things in common, regardless of whether they are successful or not:  the candidate who’s running, the money spent, and the issues important during the race. This may all seem quite basic, but too many candidates who should win have self-imploded because they skipped the basics. Knowing how these three factors […]


How a Good Poll Helps Political Candidates Win Elections

CASE STUDY: The role polling played in beating a city council incumbent

As a political consultant I always try to conduct a poll as I begin a campaign. A good poll can tell you which issues matter the most to the voters, which ones they don’t care about, and what subsets of voters are most convinced by specific messaging. A poll can make the difference between winning […]

5 Things Winning Political Candidates Learn from a Poll

A lot of candidates think they are going to win, but when the ballots are counted on Election Night they go down in flames. This usually happens because they never knew where they stood with the voters, what issues mattered most to the voters, and who the voters trusted. There’s an easy way to prevent […]


5 Common Polling Mistakes Candidates Make

Professional pollster Matthew Jason contributed this article to The Campaign School to help candidates avoid the common mistakes he often sees in political polling. Polling Mistake #1:  Not Testing Campaign Issues or Messages “People had an illogical, self-serving rationale when it came to interpreting the behavior of others.”  — Best-selling author Marisha Pessl Why is your […]


How to Know What They Think: Win with a Robo Poll

Polling Voters Will Help You Find Political Gold

Ever watch that Discovery show “Gold Rush“?  It reminds me of  conducting a campaign poll. I know this sounds silly.  And frankly I am a little reluctant to admit that I actually enjoy the show. The exciting thing about the show is that people win (they strike gold) or they loose (they don’t strike gold).  It is […]


How Polling Can Help Candidates Win Big on Election Day

Opinion polling is a major part of modern campaigning and politics. If you doubt this, just turn on your preferred cable news channel.  There’s a good bet there’s a story being discussed about the latest poll on something. Many candidates make the mistake of thinking that polls are only for national or statewide candidates, and […]