Division of Outreach and Research

A division of the L. Douglas Wilder School of government and Public affairs

Wilder School Commonwealth Poll

Multiple times a year, our statewide Wilder School Commonwealth Poll provides policymakers with an up-to-date snapshot of public opinion on current policy issues in the commonwealth. On this page you'll find information about recent poll highlights, as well as poll data organized by topic and by date. If you would like additional information about the poll, or if a different version of any document is needed for greater accessibility, please contact us.

Recent highlights

May 2021 infographic [View Image]

Our most recent poll was conducted from April 6 - April 23, 2021, with results released in May 2021. The poll asked Virginians for their perspectives on:

  • Parent willingness to vaccinate their children
  • Parent vaccine hesitancy
  • A return to in-person instruction in Fall 2021

“The willingness of a substantial majority of parents to have their children vaccinated, seemingly attests to the belief of the availability and efficacy of the vaccines however, the almost triple numbers of hesitancy in African Americans (32%), and Asians (34%), then whites (12%) to send their children back to in-person school reflects the historical skepticism,” said former Governor L. Douglas Wilder

The poll's methodolgy is as follows:

  • 907 adult Virginians surveyed
  • Interviews conducted in English and in Spanish
  • Phone survey (Landlines/Cell) - dual sample design on listed landline numbers and random digit dialed (RDD) cell phone numbers
  • Sample weighted by demographics: gender, age, education, race, Hispanic origin, and region
  • Overall margin of error: +/- 4.45 percentage points

For more information about the results, questions, and data, visit the link below:


CNN 2020 Presidential Election Poll

[View Image]We are proud to have the Wilder School’s Commonwealth Poll selected as a Presidential Election Poll by CNN Politics for the first time in VCU’s history.

Selection as a CNN-approved poll solidifies the Commonwealth Poll among the top polling operations in the nation while elevating the voice of Virginians in what could be the most consequential presidential election of our time.

Click here to read more

Visit CNN's 2020 Presidential Polling page

Poll Results by Topic

Our poll covers a vast array of topics important to policymakers across Virginia and beyond. Click the links below for more information about recent findings related to each policy area.

Contact us

  • Phone: (804) 827-2603
  • Email: oppo@vcu.edu
  • Box 843089
    Kearney House, First Floor
    921 West Franklin Street
    Richmond, Virginia 23284
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