Cygnal, a polling firm headquartered in Montgomery, was recognized on Wednesday by The New York Times’ in-house polling guru as the most accurate in the nation leading up to the midterms.
In a tweet displaying the data, Cygnal came out on top over 17 other firms.
here are all the pollsters with at least 5 separate races over the last 3 weeks pic.twitter.com/NbB5Pvsgnd
— Nate Cohn (@Nate_Cohn) November 21, 2018
In an email to Yellowhammer News, Cygnal founder and president Brent Buchanan outlined some of the work that went into this impressive recognition.
While Cygnal has conducted over 470 surveys in 33 states so far this year, most being for private clients, some of their recent work in the run-in to hotly contested midterms really turned heads.
During the last week of October, the firm conducted 6 public polls in Ohio, Georgia, Tennessee, Missouri, Indiana and Florida. These polls were covered in FiveThirtyEight, The Hill, Politico, National Review and state-based major news outlets.
Cygnal presented private deep-dives of the surveys to the campaign manager for President Donald Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign, as well as the Republican National Committee, the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the National Republican Congressional Committee, most of the specific campaigns polled and several state legislative caucuses.
Buchanan, who was named to Yellowhammer Multimedia’s Power and Influence List this year, expressed his pride in the work the firm has been doing.
“I am incredibly proud of the Cygnal team for turning out insanely accurate polls that would take other firms 20 people to handle,” Buchanan said.
He added, “Cygnal has a unique, proprietary statistical research approach that allows us to accurate predict election results. And when a poll doesn’t show our client winning, we figure out what moves voters to change an ‘L’ to a ‘W’ on the scorecard.”
Cygnal has grown into a prominent national polling firm engaged from coast-to-coast.
“It’s really encouraging to see Cygnal grow from a 2-person, one-stop-shop firm running small Alabama races to the most accurate polling firm in the country according to the respected New York Times polling correspondent.”
Sean Ross is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn