Jim Hobart is a Partner at Public Opinion Strategies, a national political and public affairs research firm. Public Opinion Strategies’ political clients include 11 U.S. Senators, 6 Governors, 44 Members of Congress, and numerous State Legislators and local elected officials across the country. The firm is also part of the bi-partisan research team that conducts the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.
Jim has been a part of the polling team in some of the most competitive and important elections in the country and in 2013, he received the prestigious Rising Star Award from Campaign and Elections Magazine.
In 2018, Jim polled for Governor Brian Kemp’s come-from-behind wins in both the primary and general elections in Georgia. Kemp shocked political observers by first defeating heavy favorite Casey Cagle in the primary, and then topping 50% to triumph over Stacey Abrams without a runoff.
In polling conducted for the NRSC this cycle, Jim was the first pollster in the country to correctly show Heidi Heitkamp was a clear underdog to then Congressman Kevin Cramer. Cramer would go on to defeat Heitkamp by eleven points.
Jim was also involved in outside efforts in U.S. Senate campaigns in Arizona, Michigan, and Wisconsin, along with winning Congressional races in Illinois and Texas.
In 2016, Jim and Glen Bolger were the pollsters for a successful independent expenditure effort in the Pennsylvania Senate race, which was the largest outside effort in any Senate race in the country.
Jim also polled for an independent expenditure effort in the Iowa Senate race, a winning Congressional race, two successful ballot measures, and a significant research project geared toward helping Republicans make inroads with female voters.
Jim is proud to been a part of two polling teams that have won the prominent pollster of the year award from the American Association of Political Consultants, including the successful 2012 campaign to defeat Proposal Two in Michigan. This win played a key role in Michigan becoming a Right to Work State just one month later.
Jim is also an accomplished focus group moderator, having moderated more than 100 groups throughout the country. He regularly appears on NPR, CNN, HillTV, and the BBC to offer political analysis.
Jim and his wife Megan live in Alexandria with their daughter Ellie and dog Riley.