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: 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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RC Poll: Va Real Estate Index

Sentiments concerning the Virginia real estate market remain strong. The Virginia Current Conditions Index hit a second consecutive record value for the most recent quarter. Sellers of real estate are more optimistic than in the past four years. Real estate prices took a sharp turn up as inventories remained flat. 

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RC Poll: Va. Consumer Sentiment and Inflation Expectations Report

The Commonwealth remains divided and consumer sentiment continues to slide from a record high in August 2016. 

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Virginia Real Estate Index: Falling prices lead boost in real estate sentiment

Sentiment concerning the Virginia real estate market remains strong in the Commonwealth.

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