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, the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), and a wide array of nonpartisan public policy groups at the federal and state levels.
Brock previously served as Polling Director and Deputy Political Director at the 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.
Brock is one of the country’s foremost experts on the political landscape of Congress. His work on the NRCC’s redistricting efforts in 2011 and a high volume of Congressional polls each election cycle provides Brock with unique knowledge about the electoral footing that exists beneath Congress. In 2017, he was the General Consultant for the NRCC’s $8 million Independent Expenditure Unit in the most expensive, high-stakes special election in history, Georgia CD-6.
Prior to founding Harper Polling in 2012, Brock McCleary worked as a campaign operative, Capitol Hill aide, and public affairs consultant. He worked as Communications Director for Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (NC-10) and as Vice President of Revolution Agency, a Washington-based public affairs firm. Brock began his career in 1998 as the Deputy Coalitions Director for Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge’s reelection campaign. He would later serve as Political Director of the New Jersey Republican Party and as a consultant to congressional and state legislative races in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Brock is an RIVA trained focus group moderator.
Brock’s perspective on national and state politics is covered by media outlets such as the Washington Post, POLITICO, National Journal, and Roll Call. In 2010, he was presented with the “Rising Star” in American politics 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 Central PA. She is a 2016 graduate of the Anne B. Anstine Excellence in Public Service Series and is a member of the Cumberland County Council of Republican Women and 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 active in the University’s Keystone Alumni Chapter.
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
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
Interactive Voice Response (IVR)
“Mixed Mode” (Combinations of the above methodologies)
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.
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.