ABOUT HARPER POLLING



Harper Polling specializes in survey research that explores and explains public opinion for decision-makers across many industries. Harper Polling’s exceptional research accuracy and analysis is sought out by Members of Congress, public policy organizations, and trade associations to help guide their strategic planning.

Harper President Brock McCleary is one of the most recognized pollsters and political strategists in the country. Prior to founding Harper, Brock served as the Polling Director and Deputy Political Director for the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) as Republicans won historic majorities in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010 and 2012. The firm’s namesake is Brock’s daughter Harper.

Harper Polling has enjoyed substantial growth and a winning track record since its founding in 2012, conducting hundreds of surveys in over 40 states and nationally. Our data and strategic insight has helped elect Members of Congress, shift the balance of power in state legislative chambers and guide successful advocacy campaigns.

Harper Polling strives for innovation in the rapidly-changing industry of public opinion polling, tapping into all methodologies including live operator, automated, and online survey methods. We use unconventional techniques and mixed methodologies to optimize the cost-benefit structure of survey research by providing more answers with less waste.

The word “results” has two meanings at Harper Polling. It’s the accurate data and insightful analysis we produce in high-stakes and competitive environments. But it’s also the outcome we help you achieve. Whether your goal is to win a campaign, sharpen a message, or shape public policy, 

Harper Polling is your partner for results. 


WHO WE ARE





BROCK MCCLEARY, PRESIDENT

Brock McCleary serves as pollster and consultant to Members of Congress, state and federal campaigns, political party committees, independent expenditure units, and a wide array of nonpartisan public policy groups at the federal and state levels.

Brock previously served as Polling Director, Deputy Political Director, and Northeast Political Director at the National Republican Campaign Committee (NRCC). During his time as a House Republican campaign strategist, the NRCC picked up 63 seats in the House of Representatives in 2010, the largest gain since 1948, and secured the two largest majorities for Congressional Republicans since World War II.

In 2012, Brock was responsible for the Republican House campaigns challenging sitting Democratic incumbents. On Election Day 2012, President Obama was comfortably reelected and 13 Republican Congressmen were defeated. Despite that, 10 Republican challenger campaigns surprisingly defeated sitting Democrats to help preserve the GOP’s majority in the House of Representatives.

In 2017, Brock served as the General Consultant for the NRCC’s victorious $8 million Independent Expenditure Unit in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, the most expensive, high-stakes special election in history.

Brock is one of the country’s foremost experts on the political landscape of Congress. His work on redistricting efforts in 2011 and a high volume of Congressional polls each election cycle provide Brock with a unique understanding of the electoral footing beneath the U.S. House and Senate. 

Prior to founding Harper Polling, Brock McCleary worked as a campaign operative, Capitol Hill aide, and public affairs consultant. He previously served as Communications Director for Congressman and Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry of North Carolina. He began his career in 1998 as the Deputy Coalitions Director for Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge’s reelection campaign. He served as Political Director of the New Jersey Republican Party and as a consultant to congressional and state legislative races in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, before heading to Washington, D.C.

Brock is an RIVA-trained focus group Moderator. In 2010, he was presented with the “Rising Star” Award by Campaigns & Elections magazine.


“Chairman Pete Session’s NRCC, led by Executive Director Guy Harrison, Communications Director Paul Lindsay, Political Director Mike Shields, and Polling Director Brock McCleary, correctly calculated early on in the cycle that offense was the best defense.  Their early attacks to encourage Democratic retirements helped create a GOP open-seat advantage and eventually forced Democrats to spend millions of dollars defending seats in places like Connecticut, Rhode Island and southern Illinois.”-Famed Political Handicapper Charlie Cook



A Q&A with polling guru Brock McCleary- City & State PA

“House Republican survey maven Brock McCleary”- Time Magazine




VICTORIA WADDAIL, DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH AND POLLING


 Victoria Waddail is Director of Research and Polling at Harper Polling. She assists in the development and fielding of surveys as well as in providing analysis for the firm’s wide array of political and public affairs clients. Since joining Harper Polling, Victoria has worked on hundreds of surveys for members of Congress, public policy groups, and party organizations.

She gained experience at the DC-based public opinion research firm Public Opinion Strategies, and studied the principles and methods of public policy analysis from prominent policymakers as a Summer Institute Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.

Originally from Towson, MD, Victoria now lives in York, PA with her husband, Chris. She is a 2016 graduate of the Anne B. Anstine Excellence in Public Service Series, a professional leadership program designed to train women to be more effective leaders in government, business, and the community. She is a member of the Junior League of York. She graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Washington and Lee University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Mathematics and is President of the University’s Keystone Alumni Chapter.




SAMUEL LEACH, RESEARCH ANALYST


Sam Leach is a Research Analyst at Harper Polling. Since joining Harper Polling in January 2018, Sam has assisted with the drafting, fielding, and analysis of various survey projects across the country.

Prior to joining Harper Polling, Sam became versed in Pennsylvania politics and public policy issues as an intern with the Republican Party of Pennsylvania and the Commonwealth Foundation for Public Policy Alternatives.

Originally from the small town of Jasper, NY, Sam currently resides in the Harrisburg area with his wife. He attended Grove City College, where he assisted with the instruction of Research Methods in Political Science and served as an editor of the Grove City College Journal of Law and Public Policy. In 2017, he graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and History.




OUR SERVICES



Harper Polling tailors our services to the individual survey research needs of each client. This involves:

  • Distilling research into a survey instrument

  • Determining the correct research data

  • Identifying the optimal methodology

  • Modeling the survey sample

  • Providing detailed analysis

Methodology

Rather than focusing exclusively on one methodology over another, our firm has the capability to match methodologies with each individual client’s needs. We use unconventional techniques and mixed methodologies to optimize the cost-benefit structure of survey research by providing more answers with less waste.

A full-service research firm, Harper Polling uses the following methodologies:

Live Operator to cell phones and landlines

Online Panels

Interactive Voice Response (IVR)

“Mixed Mode” (Combinations of the above methodologies)

Analysis

For each project, our team provides high-level, detail-oriented analysis to help our clients translate data into action. This analysis can range from brief, focused memorandums to extensive independent analysis to presentations for boards or legislators. We work with our clients to provide them the optimal situational product.


Focus Groups

Harper Polling conducts focus groups; President Brock McCleary is an RIVA-trained focus group moderator. Focus groups allow for deeper exploration of a particular topic or question and often provide an opportunity to elaborate and fine-tune messaging based on the findings of the survey research. This qualitative methodology allows for open discussion with and observation of a cross-section of the target population. We work with professional research facilities to recruit participants and conduct the focus group. 

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