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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

An infographic [View Image]Our most recent poll was conducted from September 7-15, 2021, with results released in September 2021. The poll asked Virginians for their perspectives on:

  • Voting intentions
  • Preference for control of the General Assembly
  • Approval of President Biden
  • Mask mandates
  • Concern over new COVID variants
  • Funding for HBCUs
  • Perceptions of state spending

“Our recent poll relative to the governor’s race and statewide elections showed interesting results,” said Gov. L. Douglas Wilder. “Neither McAuliffe nor Youngkin had 50% support. The increase in the undecided and those unable to commit for either is noteworthy. The poll was taken prior to any debates. How the candidates show the people what they propose dealing with the pandemic and its effects are obvious concerns. The narrowing of the lead by the Democratic candidates in the Lt. Governor and Attorney General races and increased “undecided“ shows “the jury” may be out a while longer.”



The poll's methodology is as follows:

  • 811 adult Virginians surveyed
  • 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: +/- 5.35 percentage points

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

For a comprehensive list of past poll questions, visit our Poll Guidebook.


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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