The Poll


Established in 1980, The West Virginia Poll is a non-partisan survey of public opinion.  The original media sponsor of The West Virginia Poll was the Charleston Daily Mail.  Over the years, other media organizations co-sponsored the Poll with the Daily Mail including the Associated Press and WSAZ-TV.  Beginning in 2015, the presenting sponsor of the poll is MetroNews, West Virginia’s statewide radio network owned and operated by West Virginia Radio Corporation.  The survey is now known as the MetroNews West Virginia Poll.

From its beginning in 1980, The West Virginia Poll was designed and conducted by Rex Repass.  The poll is conducted periodically with release of data to news media and through online distribution of survey findings. During its long history, The West Virginia Poll has acquired a reputation as a reliable source of public opinion trends in the Mountain State.  Over the years, topics have included approval ratings of elected officials and electoral trends; and attitudes toward state, national, and international issues, public policy, popular culture, and sports topics.

The West Virginia Poll® is registered with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.  The trademark is owned by Research America Inc., all rights reserved.


The MetroNews West Virginia Poll is designed and conducted using accepted methodologies and practices within the survey research profession including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Telephone data collection
  • Random digit landline sample and cell phone sample
  • Online data collection
  • Online panel
  • Data tabulation and statistical tests of significance
  • Statistical weighting of data to reflect US Census for West Virginia and/or other applicable demographic and voter profiles of adults age 18+ in the state