Institute for Policy and Opinion Research

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 and real estate outlook 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.


Recent news from IPOR

RC Poll: Northam and Gillespie deadlocked; Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General races also tied

With just days remaining in the campaign, Democrat gubernatorial candidate Ralph Northam and Republican Ed Gillespie are tied (47%-47%), while Libertarian Cliff Hyra garners three percent of likely Virginia voters.

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Roanoke College Poll - Northam leads Gillespie in tight race, voters split on issues

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ralph Northam leads Republican Ed Gillespie by six percentage points, while Libertarian Cliff Hyra garners two percent of likely voters, and only four percent remain undecided.

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RC Poll: Gillespie closes the gap on Northam in Va Governor's race

In the latest Roanoke College Poll of registered Virginia voters, Republican Ed Gillespie closes the gap on Democrat Ralph Northam. The Poll also shows Virginians favor tax cuts, free community college, and keeping Confederate monuments.

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RC Poll: Real Estate Markets Remain Strong, Inventories Continue to Fall

The Virginia Real Estate Indexes retreated from the record high of the second quarter, but remain above the historical average. Inventories are lower than this point in the previous two years, keeping prices up. Regionally, home prices remain well above average in Richmond, Charlottesville, and Washington, D.C.

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Consumer sentiment continues year-long slide as party divide grows dramatically

 Virginia Index of Consumer Sentiment is down almost two points since last quarter. The political divide in sentiment grows and is substantially larger than immediately after the November election. Inflation expectations increased slightly from last quarter.

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Northam holds 7-percentage point lead over Gillespie; Trump approval low

The latest Roanoke College Poll of Virginians shows Democratic candidate Ralph Northam with 7-percentage point lead over Republican Ed Gillespie in Virginia's upcoming gubernatorial race. President Trump's approval is low in Va.

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