Harper Polling

Harper Polling is a nationally-recognized political and public affairs polling company.  Harper frequently surveys the American political landscape, tracking the battle for control of the United States Congress and Governor’s offices across the country. 

Our clients include the leading national Republican political organizations, Members of Congress, candidates and campaigns at all levels, party committees, state legislative caucuses, advocacy groups, public affairs firms, corporations, and media organizations.

Harper Polling explores the voter attitudes that drive strategic decision-making in politics and public affairs.  We conduct bipartisan surveys in partnership with noted Democratic polling firms.  Harper Polling prides itself on striving for innovation in the rapidly-changing industry of public opinion polling.  We use cutting-edge technology and new techniques to defy the old rules of formulaic polling.

In 2013, Harper Polling was arguably the most accurate public pollster in the county.  Harper was the only Republican polling firm to accurately predict the outcome of the Massachusetts U. S. Senate special election.  Then Harper followed up by predicting the margin of the New Jersey U.S. Senate special election right to the number…11%.

Run a poll with Harper Polling and you will see what makes us different.  While few are faster or more affordable, Harper Polling distinguishes itself by getting you the answers you need.  If you want to know the opinions of voters, thought leaders, the general public or the marketplace, we ask the right questions to give you the insight you are seeking.

Brock McCleary, President

Brock McCleary spent more than a decade formulating polling and analyzing data as a political operative, public affairs consultant, press secretary, ad maker, and party strategist.

The polling industry is largely devoid of pollsters with experience in the application of polling data.  Brock brings an entirely unique perspective to polling.  One that converts numbers into action.

Prior to founding Harper Polling in 2012, Brock spent four years at the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) where served as both a senior campaign strategist and Polling Director.

During his two election cycles as a House Republican 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 Republicans since World War II. 

In describing the historic success of the leadership team at the NRCC, famed political handicapper Charlie Cook said, “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.”

Brock is one of the country’s foremost experts on the political landscape of the House of Representatives.  Since 2010, the new faces in Congress far outnumber the old ones and redistricting in 2011 overhauled the congressional map.  Few in politics understand the electoral footing that exists beneath this Congress better than Brock.

As NRCC Polling Director, Brock built a non-existent polling department that commissioned and analyzed over 200 polls in 100 congressional districts in 2012.  He established the NRCC’s Topline Translator, a beltway-read analysis of public polling.

For the first time ever, the NRCC began conducting polls in-house utilizing Interactive Voice Response (IVR) technology.  Brock used IVR polls for tracking competitive House races and testing party messaging.

McCleary’s perspective on American politics and polling is frequently published Politico, National Journal, Roll Call, New York Times, Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Methodologies

Interactive Voice Response (IVR)

The rise of automated IVR polling methodology is fueled by its undeniable accuracy and proficiency.  The affordability of IVR polling allows most budgets to utilize survey research.  Fast, concise and reliable results are the hallmarks of this brand of polling

Live Operator

Harper Polling also offers live-operator surveys for those who prefer the traditional polling methodology.  While not as affordable or fast as IVR, live operator surveys are sometimes preferable for longer surveys that include a significant number of demographic questions.