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.”
As one of the top Republican pollsters in the country, Blizzard has been described as a “blue-chip” name in Washington by Politico, recognized as one of the country’s top 40 under 40 brightest young political professionals, and was named a “Rising Star” in American politics by Campaigns & Elections Magazine.
Blizzard’s political experience includes polling for two presidential campaigns, major statewide races across the country, major party committees and Super PACs, and for dozens of Republicans in the U.S. House. And, in the last four election cycles, Blizzard has polled for GOP state legislative caucuses in Alabama, Connecticut, Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan and New York.
This past cycle, Blizzard polled for:
• Senator Roger Marshall (KS) who won both the general election and the Republican primary despite being outspent by millions of dollars in each race. Blizzard also polled for successful SuperPAC and independent expenditure efforts on behalf of incumbent Republican Senators Mitch McConnell (KY) and Joni Ernst (IA).
• Two new Members of Congress, including Claudia Tenney (NY-22) who won a rematch to reclaim her seat, and Jerry Carl (AL-1) who cruised in November after winning a competitive Republican primary.
• Several returning incumbent Congressmen, including long-time clients Andy Barr (KY-6) and Fred Upton (MI-6) who both beat back challengers in key suburban districts. Blizzard also polled for Thomas Massie (KY-4) in his overwhelming Republican primary win.
• Successful IE efforts in several other Congressional districts, including the GOP pick-up in MI-3, and GOP holds in NE-2, NY-21, and PA-10. Blizzard also polled for a SuperPAC which helped Randy Feenstra (IA-4) get across the finish line against Steve King and was the only pollster to show Feenstra winning the race.
• Republican state legislative caucuses including the Michigan House which maintained the majority despite statewide losses for GOP candidates, the Ohio House which held the majority, and Kentucky Republicans in both the House and Senate, helping Republicans win more than 70 seats in the House and 30 seats in the State Senate, both the highest numbers in history.
Blizzard has been especially successful in helping clients better understand the key voting constituency of suburban voters. In 2020, Blizzard pioneered new qualitative research among suburban voters during the coronavirus pandemic, diving deeper into emotions and adding context behind why suburban voters feel the way they do to better understand their decision making on candidates and issues.
In addition to his political polling expertise, Blizzard regularly conducts corporate image, messaging, and crisis management research for numerous national associations, public affairs groups, and Fortune 500 companies. And, Blizzard has conducted extensive qualitative research on a variety of topics and issues around the country – from politics to public policy – moderating hundreds of focus groups and ad-testing groups (both in-person and online) over the years.
A graduate of Clemson University, Blizzard lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and their two young sons.