Public Policy Polling

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Public Policy Polling
TypePrivate
IndustryOpinion polling
Founded2001; 20 years ago (2001)
Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S.
FounderDean Debnam
Headquarters
2912 Highwoods Boulevard, Suite 201
Raleigh, North Carolina
,
U.S.
Area served
United States
Key people
Dean Debnam (President, CEO)
Tom Jensen (Director)
Websitepublicpolicypolling.com

Public Policy Polling (PPP) is a U.S. Democratic[1] polling firm based in Raleigh, North Carolina.[2][3][4] PPP was founded in 2001 by businessman Dean Debnam, the firm's current president and chief executive officer.[5]

In addition to political issues, the company has polled the public on topics such as whether Republican voters believe President Obama would be eligible to enter heaven in the event of the Rapture,[6] whether hipsters should be subjected to a special tax for being annoying,[7] and whether Ted Cruz is the Zodiac Killer.[8][9]

Elections[edit]

2008[edit]

PPP first entered prominence through its performance in the 2008 Democratic primaries between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. The company performed well, producing accurate predictions in states ranging from South Carolina to Wisconsin, many of which featured inaccurate results by other pollsters.[10][non-primary source needed][11] After the November election, PPP was ranked by the Wall Street Journal as one of the two most accurate firms, among those who were most active in the presidential swing states.[2]

2010[edit]

PPP was the first pollster to find Scott Brown with a lead over Martha Coakley in the Massachusetts Senate special election; Brown ultimately won in a major comeback, and PPP's final poll in that race predicted Brown's winning margin exactly.[12]

2011[edit]

PPP was praised[by whom?] for its accuracy in polling primaries and special elections, which are notoriously hard to predict. The contests they accurately predicted include the West Virginia gubernatorial primaries, special elections in New York and California,[13][14] as well as all eight Wisconsin recall elections.

2012[edit]

A study by Fordham University found that, of 28 firms studied, PPP had the most accurate poll on the presidential national popular vote, both its independently conducted poll and the one it does in collaboration with the Daily Kos and the SEIU.[15][16] PPP correctly called the winner of the presidential election in all 19 states it polled in the final week of the election, as well as the winners of all the U.S. Senate and gubernatorial races it surveyed.[17][18][19][20][21]

2014[edit]

Political research firm YouGov found PPP's gubernatorial polls to have the lowest average margin of error among national firms that polled in at least five gubernatorial races in the month preceding the election.[22]

2016[edit]

In the 2016 Presidential Election, PPP's final polls widely missed the mark in several key swing states, including New Hampshire,[23] North Carolina,[24] Pennsylvania,[25] and Wisconsin.[26] Their polls also significantly underestimated President Trump's lead in Ohio,[27] and incorrectly predicted Hillary Clinton to win Florida.[28]

Methodology[edit]

The company's surveys use Interactive Voice Response (IVR), an automated questionnaire used by other polling firms such as SurveyUSA and Rasmussen Reports.[29] The journalist Nate Cohn has criticized the company's methodology as being "unscientific".[30]

In 2013 columnist Nate Cohn described PPP as a liberal pollster,[31] although according to statistician Nate Silver, PPP had a tendency to slightly lean Republican as of September 2016.[32] As of June 13, 2020 Silver's website, FiveThirtyEight, gives PPP a B grade in its pollster ranking.[32]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jensen, Tom (November 5, 2008). "PPP's 'Bias'". Public Policy Polling. Archived from the original on October 10, 2016. Retrieved October 5, 2016.
  2. ^ a b Sarlin, Benjy (August 22, 2011). "How PPP Became The 'It' Democratic Pollster". Talking Points Memo. Archived from the original on October 5, 2016. Retrieved October 5, 2016.
  3. ^ Pathé, Simone (March 23, 2016). "Not Your Average Pollster: He Says Phones Are Out and Trump Is Credible". Roll Call. Archived from the original on October 5, 2016. Retrieved October 5, 2016.
  4. ^ Kraushaar, Josh (June 23, 2009). "Sen. launches attack -- on polling firm". Politico. Archived from the original on October 6, 2016. Retrieved October 5, 2016.
  5. ^ "About Us" Archived 2012-11-22 at the Wayback Machine, Public Policy Polling, 2012. Retrieved on 6 December 2012.
  6. ^ Rosenbaum, Ron (July 19, 2011). "Only 19 Percent of Republicans Think Obama Would Be Raptured". Slate. Archived from the original on October 20, 2011. Retrieved October 21, 2011.
  7. ^ "Hipster Tax For Being 'So Annoying' Backed By 27 Percent Of Americans: Poll". The Huffington Post. 13 May 2013. Archived from the original on 13 May 2013. Retrieved 14 May 2013.
  8. ^ Stuart, Tessa (26 February 2016). "Is Ted Cruz the Zodiac Killer? Maybe, Say 38 Percent of Florida Voters". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 28 April 2016. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  9. ^ "Trump Leads Rubio in Florida- Even Head to Head" (PDF). Public Policy Polling. Archived (PDF) from the original on 8 April 2016. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  10. ^ "PPP: most accurate numbers in the country for South Carolina". Public Policy Polling. January 26, 2008. Archived from the original on October 14, 2011. Retrieved October 21, 2011.
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-01-14. Retrieved 2011-09-20.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ Taylor, Jessica (January 9, 2010). "Poll: Scott Brown ahead of Martha Coakley by 1 point". Politico. Archived from the original on September 28, 2011. Retrieved October 21, 2011.
  13. ^ Catanese, David (July 14, 2011). "The polling is right: Why PPP deserves props". Politico. Archived from the original on December 1, 2011. Retrieved October 21, 2011.
  14. ^ Isenstadt, Alex. "NY-26: The winners and losers". Politico. Archived from the original on August 8, 2011. Retrieved October 21, 2011.
  15. ^ Leighton, Kyle (7 November 2012). "Fordham Study: Public Policy Polling Deemed Most Accurate National Pollster In 2012". Talking Points Memo. Archived from the original on 8 November 2012. Retrieved 7 November 2012.
  16. ^ Easley, Jonathan (7 November 2012). "Study finds PPP was the most accurate pollster in 2012". The Hill. Archived from the original on 15 August 2013. Retrieved 25 April 2013.
  17. ^ Mahtesian, Charles (7 November 2012). "PPP nailed it". Politico. Archived from the original on 24 December 2012. Retrieved 6 December 2012.
  18. ^ Bialik, Carl (7 November 2012). "How did pollsters fare on election night?". Wall Street Journal. Archived from the original on 13 December 2012. Retrieved 6 December 2012.
  19. ^ Lauter, David (8 November 2012). "Which pollsters did best: Non-traditional methods were standouts". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 28 November 2012. Retrieved 6 December 2012.
  20. ^ Enten, Harry (7 November 2012). "How the pollsters won the 2012 US election, mostly". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 9 August 2014. Retrieved 6 December 2012.
  21. ^ LoGiurato, Brett (12 November 2012). "How a three-man polling team completely nailed their election prediction". Business Insider. Archived from the original on 16 December 2012. Retrieved 6 December 2012.
  22. ^ "YouGov | YouGov poll performance in the 2014 Governor elections". YouGov: What the world thinks. Archived from the original on 2015-07-14. Retrieved 2015-07-16.
  23. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 2017-01-31. Retrieved 2017-02-10.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  24. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 2017-01-31. Retrieved 2017-02-10.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  25. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 2017-01-31. Retrieved 2017-02-10.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  26. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 2017-01-31. Retrieved 2017-02-10.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  27. ^ PublicPolicyPolling [@ppppolls] (7 November 2016). "Post Labor Day we haven't done a single Ohio poll that had either candidate up by more than 1" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  28. ^ PublicPolicyPolling [@ppppolls] (7 November 2016). "Think Hillary will win both but more confident about Florida" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  29. ^ Bialik, Carl (November 6, 2008). "Polls Foresaw Future, Which Looks Tough for Polling". The Wall Street Journal. pp. A16. Archived from the original on June 11, 2015. Retrieved March 12, 2012.
  30. ^ Cohn, Nate (2013-09-12). "There's Something Wrong With America's Premier Liberal Pollster". New Republic. Archived from the original on 2016-03-05. Retrieved 2016-02-24.
  31. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-05. Retrieved 2016-02-24.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  32. ^ a b Silver, Nate (2016-06-02). "FiveThirtyEight's Pollster Ratings". Archived from the original on 2016-07-17. Retrieved 2016-07-19.

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