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Polling Institute Director Patrick Murray was named to’s 2012 Power List of “the 100 most powerful political players in New Jersey.”  This marks the third consecutive year he has appeared on the list.

From the list: “#37. Patrick Murray, Director, Monmouth University Polling Institute – “The accuracy of Murray’s polls has put him at the forefront of non-partisan polling in the state, a reputation he enhances as a spot-on provider of political analysis.  His polls will be closely watched as we move into gubernatorial primary season.”

The Monmouth University Polling Institute has been covering New Jersey issues since its founding in 2005.  In addition to politics and elections, the poll focuses on quality of life issues important to the state and its residents.  Starting with the current election, the Polling Institute now conducts national polls.  It is one of just a handful of university-based survey research centers to do this and has been one of the more prolific pollsters during this year’s presidential election campaign.  Patrick Murray regularly appears on national and regional media outlets to discuss polling trends and campaign message strategy.  He also has particular expertise in exit poll analysis.

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