Director, Suffolk University Political Research Center
David Paleologos is the director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center (SUPRC), where he has worked since 2002 in partnership with WHDH/7News (NBC-TV Boston) and WSVN/7 News (NBC-TV Miami) conducting statewide polls and bellwether survey analyses in Massachusetts and elsewhere. Presidential Primary polls have predicted outcomes in such key battleground states as New Hampshire, Ohio, Florida, Colorado, Virginia, and Nevada.
SUPRC’s cutting-edge survey research of the body politic and public opinion has gained both national and international attention for its high degree of accuracy – its results reported by such major news organizations as CNBC, Associated Press, Bloomberg, the BBC, CBS, CNN, C-SPAN, NBC, Fox News, and Reuters, as well as in more than 200 newspapers including the New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Washington Times, Boston Herald, Boston Globe, and New Hampshire Union Leader, and such online magazines as Politico.Com, Salon, and Slate. In January 2005, Paleologos was quoted by Tim Russert on "Meet the Press" regarding the future of Sen. John Kerry. And immediately following the election returns from the 2008 New Hampshire Presidential Primary, Tom Brokaw advised MSNBC’s Chris Matthews “invest in the Suffolk poll.”
Paleologos is also an adjunct faculty member in Suffolk’s Department of Government where he teaches one of the department’s most popular courses, Political Survey Research. This intense fourteen-week course exposes students to every aspect of political polling, including questionnaire design, sampling, interviewing, coding data and analyzing of results. Now in its 15th year, Political Survey Research continues to garner attention both on and off campus, with Paleologos serving as a frequent guest lecturer on the political survey process at Emerson College, Boston University, Harvard University and Tufts University.
Prior to his career in academia, Paleologos was one of the Bay State’s most sought after political pollsters and field operatives. In 1984, his efforts hatched an historic first in Massachusetts politics: the toppling of a controversial Speaker of the state’s House of Representatives by means of a systematic field campaign to defeat the speaker’s loyal lieutenants, ushering in a new era of good government and rules reform.
Paleologos is also a small business owner, serving as the founder and CEO of DAPA Research Inc. DAPA provides corporate market research and survey research to Fortune 500 companies in addition to servicing the not-for-profit and government sectors. DAPA’s varied client roster includes Stop & Shop, New England Cable Television Association, Comcast, Salter Healthcare, the City of Syracuse, and engineering giant CH2MHill, among others.
Paleologos is a graduate of Tufts University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in Economics. He is also a member of the American Association of Public Opinion Researchers and the Northeast Political Consultants Association. His most controversial published work was entitled “A Pollster on Polling” (Messages of the New Millennium) in which he criticized an over-polled society addicted to outcomes.
Paleologos is the author of the bellwether predictor model which has a 96 percent accuracy in predicting outcomes. He will be publishing his work in January, 2011.