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Neil Newhouse

Neil is a partner and co-founder of Public Opinion Strategies, a national political and public affairs research firm which has been described by the New York Times as “the leading Republican polling company” in the country. Neil was named “Pollster of the Year” by the American Association of Political Consultants a record-tying three times for his work on political and public affairs campaigns.


Neil has worked in public opinion research for more than 35 years, directed the research for thousands of individual projects and has experience in every aspect of opinion research. During the 2008 election cycle, Neil was the Republican partner for the NBC News/Wall Street Journal polls and he has twice been named as one of the “Money 20” political consultants in the country who make a difference.

Neil has won praise from both sides of the political aisle, having worked on dozens of successful Gubernatorial, Senate and Congressional campaigns. He was described by Pennsylvania Democratic Governor Ed Rendell as “one of the most respected pollsters in the country” and recruited by Senator Joe Lieberman (I‑CT) to provide polling and strategic guidance in his successful 2006 Independent bid for US Senate in Connecticut.

In the 2018 elections, Neil was involved in Senate and Gubernatorial races in eight states and in nearly two dozen Congressional races.  Neil has also worked extensively in learning more about swing voter groups like “Walmart Moms” – a constituency critical to winning elections. He’s also explored how technology has changed video viewing habits of Americans, focusing on those Americans who are “off-the-grid.”


In addition to Neil’s political work, he has also been sought after by major corporations and trade associations, having completed work for organizations as diverse as Procter and Gamble, Walmart, PhRMA, The American Medical Association, Stanford University, American Water Company, Duke University and the American Trucking Association.

Neil is often quoted in major national publications ranging from The Wall Street Journal to The New York Times and The Washington Post, and has appeared as a frequent “talking head” on the nightly news regarding politics and campaigns. He also appeared on Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show.


Neil also has extensive international experience, having completed various research projects in Australia, Jamaica, Kuwait, Bulgaria, Russia, Ukraine and Venezuela.

Prior to co-founding Public Opinion Strategies, Neil was Executive Vice President of The Wirthlin Group. Neil is originally from Kansas City, graduated from Duke University and attended graduate school at the University of Virginia. He currently lives in Alexandria with his wife, Mary.

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