Robert Blizzard, Partner

Robert Blizzard is a Partner at Public Opinion Strategies, a national political and public affairs research firm described by The New York Times as “the leading Republican polling company” in the country.

Described as a “blue-chip” name in Washington by Politico, Blizzard has been recognized as one of the country’s top 40 under 40 brightest young political professionals, as one of the most influential young Republicans in Washington, and was named a “Rising Star” in American politics by Campaigns & Elections Magazine.

In 2016, Blizzard polled for two new Republican members of Congress, including Dr. Roger Marshall (KS-1) who came from 40 points down to defeat Tim Huelskamp in a historic Republican primary win, and Claudia Tenney (NY-22), who won a contentious three-way campaign despite being outspent considerably.  Blizzard also polled for successful Super PAC efforts on behalf of Republican U.S. Senate wins for Chuck Grassley (IA), Rob Portman (OH), and Marco Rubio (FL).

In 2016, Blizzard was the chief pollster for Kentucky Republicans which took control of the State House for the first time in nearly 100 years, knocking off the Democratic House Speaker in the process.  And, Blizzard helped Republicans increase their state legislative majorities in New York, Ohio and Michigan.

Blizzard now polls for nearly a dozen Republicans in the U.S. House, including Andy Barr (KY-6), Lou Barletta (PA-11), Dan Donovan (NY-11), Chuck Fleischmann (TN-3), Brett Guthrie (KY-2), Raul Labrador (ID-1) Pat Meehan (PA-7), John Moolenaar (MI-4), Tim Murphy (PA-18), and Glenn Thompson (PA-5).  And, over the last three cycles, Blizzard has been the pollster for Republican state legislative caucuses in Kentucky (Senate/House), Ohio (Senate/House), Michigan (Senate/House) and New York (Senate).

In addition to his campaign polling expertise, Blizzard has directed research for the past several years on how evolving technology trends are changing the video consumption habits of Americans for both Google and Snapchat.  On behalf of NBC News/Esquire Magazine, Blizzard has conducted bi-partisan national research focused on the New American Center and Blizzard’s firm is also part of the bi-partisan research team that conducts the prestigious NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

Blizzard has also conducted corporate image, messaging, and crisis management research for numerous national associations, public affairs groups, and Fortune 500 companies.  And, as a professionally trained focus group moderator, Blizzard has conducted extensive qualitative research on a variety of topics and issues around the country – including the last two cycles among the cohort of “Walmart Moms.”

A graduate of Clemson University, Blizzard lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and their two young sons.

 

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Public Opinion Strategies helped us to clarify what we wanted to learn and then conducted research and analysis that shed light even beyond the questions we set out to ask. They were very receptive to our suggestions, responsive to our queries, and flexible when we needed them to be.

Public Opinion Strategies has consistently offered unparalleled advice and spot-on polling that has shaped how and where we spent money and deploy key resources. Additionally, they have always been an excellent steward of limited campaign resources, ensuring we spend wisely and not a dollar more than necessary in order to get the information we need.

Robert Blizzard and Public Opinion Strategies did a great job for us throughout our successful campaign for Congress. Robert gave us accurate data, spot on analysis, and professional advice, all of which were essential to our victory.

Public Opinion Strategies is one of our go-to pollsters when it comes to testing public support for bond ballot measures and other initiative proposals. They are available to provide ongoing consultation with regard to crafting of ballot questions, public outreach messaging, and related efforts.

ACLI has worked with Public Opinion Strategies for decades, through several tough industry battles—often ones in which public opinion does not naturally fall on the side of insurers. Yet Bill and his team consistently provide invaluable strategic advice by refining our messages and helping us frame our issues in a way that makes them understandable and persuasive.

The data from Public Opinion Strategies provided important insight and informed our public awareness campaign. We sincerely appreciate their professionalism and expertise in this arena.

Nicole McCleskey and the team at Public Opinion Strategies have been invaluable to me, both during my campaigns and as Governor of the State of New Mexico. It’s not just the accuracy of their numbers, but guiding the overall strategy that makes them so valuable.

Public Opinion Strategies has been a part of our team in Missouri for more than a decade. With their data and guidance, Republicans here were able to attain a majority in the House in 2002 for the first time in fifty years, and we have been able to grow that majority to the point that we now have a record, veto-proof majority.

Lori Weigel from Public Opinion Strategies reviewed our needs and guided us toward asking the right questions. Her reporting was easy to follow and her interpretation of the data provided clear decision points.

In my tenure at two leading business associations, facing huge and complex consumer issues, I have benefitted enormously from the objective advisory skills of Bill and his team. They do their homework, they are rigorous, dispassionate and thoughtful. Turning questions into answers is a clever tag, but it’s also an apt description of the professional talents of the firm.

I consider Public Opinion Strategies to be a part of our team. That is the way we have always worked. They have helped us to understand our needs and fashioned research solutions to meet those needs. They have helped us to meet killer deadlines by being flexible, executing rapidly, and insuring quality. Teamwork is the best way to describe it.

Accuracy, speed, and deep knowledge of key issues and public sentiment are the hallmarks of quality opinion research, and on these measures Public Opinion Strategies consistently delivers. I have had the pleasure of working with Public Opinion Strategies for more than 15 years on dozens of issues, and they are undoubtedly the gold standard.

Public Opinion Strategies’ track record of success and wealth of experience in political campaigns and issue advocacy are why they are one of the most trusted and well respected public opinion firms in Washington, D.C. Their insights and perspectives have helped to inform a wide array of public affairs activities across multiple industries.

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