CNN reporters discuss a Quinnipiac Poll about the 2016 Republican race for president.

Quinnipiac University Poll

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Measuring the pulse of what matters most

Frequently cited by national and international media outlets, public officials and researchers, the independent Quinnipiac University Poll is universally regarded as the gold standard in national and state-wide polling. Covering topics like politics, elections and issues in the news, the Quinnipiac University Poll is widely recognized for its exactness and thoroughness, and as a barometer of public opinion on the issues that matter most to the American people.

Our Methodology

Reliable and timely polls led by respected industry professionals

By conducting at least 1 national survey every 2 weeks, the Quinnipiac University Poll is the most active poll of its kind in the country, requiring a staff of industry-leading experts to ensure each survey's accuracy and integrity. Our 11 full-time professional staff members include media veterans, survey analysts, and Dr. Douglas Schwartz, who is responsible for the methodology and all aspects of the survey process. The polling team works together on each project from conception through analysis and information presentation.

For a typical public opinion survey, a randomly selected sample of about 1,000 registered voters is interviewed over 5 or 6 days. The polls are conducted from 2 state-of-the-art polling centers close to our Mount Carmel and York Hill campuses. Interviewing jobs are available to Quinnipiac students interested in learning the art and science of survey research.

It is this combination of expert staff, committed student interviewers and research methodology that allows us to continuously stay front and center with information on today’s hottest and most debated topics.


Douglas Schwartz speaks with a reporter at WNPR.

Voice of the people

Douglas Schwartz, director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, is responsible for the poll's methodology and all aspects of the survey process, directing each project from conception through analysis. He offers analysis of the significance of the surveys and what they mean.

Media Coverage

Poll results are regularly included in media coverage from some of the most respected news outlets in the nation and around the world.

The Quinnipiac poll has cited by major news organizations.

Latest Poll Results

Kentucky, South Carolina and Maine Senate races are all close; 2020 presidential race: Trump up in KY, SC, trails in ME

In three high-profile Senate races in the states of Kentucky, South Carolina, and Maine, three longtime Republican incumbents are facing competitive races, according to a Quinnipiac University poll of registered voters in each of those states released August 6.


Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump at the end of the final presidential debate in 2016.

Pulse of the people

Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump salute the audience at the end of the final presidential debate at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Las Vegas. The Quinnipiac University Poll conducted 55 presidential swing state polls in the 2016 swing-state cycle. Photo credit: JOE RAEDLE/AFP/Getty Images.