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.

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Recent news from IPOR

RC Poll: Current Real Estate Markets Strong as Inventories Remain Low

The Virginia Real Estate Indexes are mixed. The index for current real estate conditions fell slightly, driven primarily by the buyers' side of the market who face increasing challenges. Home prices are above historical average in all metro areas across Virginia.  

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Kaine holds significant leads over three mostly unfamiliar Republican challengers

Democrat incumbent Senator Tim Kaine holds double-digit leads over three potential Republican challengers for his seat. In the Roanoke College Poll prior to Republican primary, the three Republican candidates were largely unknown. 

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RC Poll: Virginia Consumer Sentiment dips

Consumer sentiment in Virginia dips but remains near its historical high. The political party divide increased slightly.   

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RC Poll: Current Real Estate Markets Strong as Inventories Remain Low

The Virginia Real Estate Indexes are mixed. The index for current real estate conditions rebounded from a six-month drop and finished close to its historical record from May 2017, while the index for the future real estate conditions remained strong, but fell from last quarter.

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RC Poll: Real Estate Markets Continue Retreat, Inventories Continue to Fall

The Virginia Real Estate Indexes continued a six-month retreat from their record high of the second quarter, but remain well above the historical average. Home prices are higher than their historical average in all major metro areas across the Commonwealth.

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RC Poll: Consumer Sentiment reverses year long slide

Sentiment concerning current conditions and expectations of improved household finances suggest a strong holiday season for retailers and other industries in the final quarter of 2017.

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Contact

You may contact the Institute at ipor@roanoke.edu or by calling Dr. Harry Wilson, Director of the Institute for Policy and Opinion Research, at (540) 375-2415.