Monmouth University Polling Institute

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The Monmouth University Polling Institute is located on the Monmouth University campus in West Long Branch, New Jersey. The Polling Institute was established in 2005 to be a leading center for the study of public opinion on important state, regional, and national issues.


Founded in 2005, the Polling Institute conducts and disseminates public opinion research as a way to foster greater public accountability by including the voice of the public in the policy discourse.

The Poll's major focus is its home state of New Jersey. However, the Polling Institute also conducts policy research and election polls throughout the mid-Atlantic region, including New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia.

The Polling Institute’s activities include research services for government agencies and private organizations that assist with policy planning and assessment. The institute also collaborates with faculty and students to enhance research and training opportunities in survey research.

The Polling Institute’s research capabilities include: large and small-scale survey projects; telephone, mail, and in-person interview designs; quantitative data analysis; and qualitative research techniques such as focus group facilitation and analysis.


  • Provide contract results for politicians.
  • Provide contract research services to policymakers in government and private organizations.
  • Collaborate with faculty and students to enhance research and training opportunities.
  • Monitor public opinion on current issues.


In its inaugural year, the institute was named a “Winner” by New Jersey Politifax for the accuracy of its polling in the 2005 New Jersey gubernatorial election.[citation needed]

In 2009, the institute's gubernatorial polling received national attention, including findings that indicated the eventual winner Chris Christie's weight was an issue for voters in the campaign.[1]

In 2010, the institute's director Patrick Murray was named "Pollster of the Year" by PolitickerNJ and one of the 100 most influential people in New Jersey politics.[2][3]

Polling Institute Director, Patrick Murray, is an occasional contributor to the Huffington Post's Pollster page.[4][5]


  1. ^ Corzine Points a Spotlight at His Rival’s Waistline - New York Times. Retrieved July 25, 2011.
  2. ^ The Year in Review 2010 Archived 2011-09-20 at the Wayback Machine - Retrieved July 18, 2011.
  3. ^ Power List 2010 Archived 2010-11-21 at the Wayback Machine - Retrieved July 18, 2011.
  4. ^ Are Nate Silver's Pollster Ratings 'Done Right'? - Retrieved July 24, 2011.
  5. ^ Mark Blumenthal: New Jersey Watch - Retrieved July 24, 2011.

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