CONNECTS with H. Stuart Elway


H. Stuart Elway is one of America’s most respected public opinion pollsters. Son of a WA State Senator from Hoquiam WA, Stuart has been steeped in politics his entire life. At 20 Stuart became involved in energizing voters through a progressive Republican group called Action for Washington. The goal was to get out the youth vote, regardless of party. This involvement soon led to his work as an aide to Gov. Dan Evans. Stuart went on to earn a doctorate in communications from UW and soon found a passion for collaboration in the newsroom and non-partisan polling. By the 1990s Elway emerged as the go-to expert on Northwest political trends.

He directed the Seattle Times Washington Poll from 1984-2000, The Elway Poll from 1992-2018, and currently directs the Crosscut|Elway Poll, the only on-going, non-partisan analysis of public opinion in Washington state. 

Today Elway Research Inc. is widely cited in media outlets throughout Washington State and Nationally and been quoted in every major daily newspaper in the country. In the last election cycles in which Elway Research Inc. has participated, it was rated one of the top six election polling firms in the country by 

Some topics to consider:

  • Poll design and representation
  • Role of Polls in Elections
  • Adapting to modern technology and social media
  • Addressing bias in polling
  • Reluctance to participate in polling
  • Who uses polls and how?
  • History and changing political climate
  • Stuart’s unique decades long perspective

2022 WA State General Election Poll

The latest public opinion survey.

Ahead of midterms, WA voters say abortion, economy are key issues

Analysis of the most recent Crosscut|Elway Poll findings.

By now we’ve become accustomed to a sharp partisan divide, even here in Washington

The Latest Crosscut. Weekly Editorial on the most recent Crosscut|Elway Poll

Association of Washington Business Policy Summit 2022

September 14th, 2022 (50 min)

Pollsters discuss the upcoming 2022 election. Featuring Stuart Elway of Elway Research, John Horvick of DHM Research, and AWB Vice President of Government Affairs Dave Mastin.

Some topics discussed:

  • What happened to the ‘Red Wave’ projected prior to the Primary Election? Stuart Explains (5min 02:59 – 8:00)
  • Are all politics local? Both Guests Answer (6min 16:11 – 22:00)
  • The ‘Big Sort’ effect. Stuart Explains (1min 30 sec 25:00-26:33)

New polling of WA shows what really divides us.

This article cites two recent polls, one conducted in August by WA state GOP firm, McLaughlin & Associates, and the other by non-partisan Crosscut.Elway|Poll conducted in July.

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