Neil Newhouse -  Former Guest Speaker at the Leadership Institute

Neil Newhouse is a partner and co?founder of Public Opinion Strategies, a national political and public affairs research firm which has been described by the New York Times as the leading Republican polling company in the country, and was named Pollster of the Year by the trade publication Campaigns and Elections for its work in the 2002 election cycle.

Founded in 1991, Public Opinion Strategies has been recognized as the fourth fastest growing market research firm in the nation.

Neil has worked in public opinion research for more than 25 years, directed the research for thousands of individual projects and has experience in every aspect of opinion research.  During the 2008 election cycle, Neil was the Republican partner for the NBC News/Wall Street Journal polls and he has twice been named as one of the Money 20 political consultants in the country who make a difference.

Neil has won praise from both sides of the political aisle, having worked on numerous Gubernatorial, Senate and Congressional campaigns.  He was described by Pennsylvania Democratic Governor Ed Rendell as Aone of the most respected pollsters in the country@ and recruited by Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) to provide polling and strategic guidance in his successful 2006 Independent bid for US Senate in Connecticut.

Neil is often quoted in major national publications ranging from The Wall Street Journal to The New York Times and The Washington Post, and has appeared as a frequent Atalking head@ on the nightly news regarding politics and campaigns.  He also appeared on Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show.

Neil also has extensive international experience, having completed various research projects in Australia, Jamaica, Kuwait, Bulgaria, Russia, Ukraine and Venezuela.

Prior to co-founding Public Opinion Strategies, Neil was executive Vice-President of The Wirthlin Group.  Neil is originally from Kansas City, graduated from Duke University and attended graduate school at the University of Virginia.  He currently lives in Alexandria with his wife and their two children.

Neil Newhouse