• About the Center


The Suffolk University Political Research Center in Boston, established in 2002, conducts statewide polls and bellwether survey analyses in Massachusetts, other states, and nationally. It examines statewide political races and analyzes voters' opinions on key issues. Suffolk University presidential primary polls have predicted outcomes in such key battleground states as Colorado, Florida, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, among others.

A Record of Accuracy

Suffolk University Political Research Center director David Paleologos is the author of a leading predictor model that has a 83% record of accuracy in predicting outcomes.

In the January 2012 New Hampshire GOP Primary, the Political Research Center predicted that Mitt Romney would receive 37% of the vote in a landslide win. Romney received 39.3%. Later that month, the Center went out on a limb in predicting another landslide win for Romney in Florida, with figures indicating that Romney would receive 47% of the vote. Romney received 46.4%

In early 2010, Suffolk had premier calls in the upset win by Scott Brown for US Senate in Massachusetts, the Democratic primary landslide of Joe Sestak vs. US Senator Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania, and the come-from-behind win by Sharron Angle in the Nevada Republican primary for US Senate. Paleologos and the Research Center finished 2010 with seven out of seven correct calls in closely contested US Senate general election races.

A Media Resource

The Political Research Center's cutting-edge research of the body politic and public opinion has gained national and international attention for its high degree of accuracy, with Tom Brokaw advising MSNBC's Chris Matthews to "invest in the Suffolk poll" following the 2008 New Hampshire Presidential Primary. The Center's results have been reported in more than 200 newspapers and by major news organizations worldwide.