Multiple times a year, our statewide Wilder School Commonwealth Poll provides policymakers with an up-to-date snapshot of public opinion on current policy issues in the commonwealth. On this page you'll find information about recent poll highlights, as well as poll data organized by topic and by date.

Clearly Virginians favor abortion rights, to the tune of 60%. Education is still a high-priority concern for the people, yet 50% said that the cost of a college degree was not worth it. Additionally, 71% of those polled felt Virginia should be required to cut costs, and 63% said that community colleges should be free for all students.

Governor L. Douglas Wilder
66th Governor of Virginia

We are proud to have the Wilder School’s Commonwealth Poll selected as a Presidential Election Poll by CNN Politics for the first time in VCU’s history. Selection as a CNN-approved poll solidifies the Commonwealth Poll among the top polling operations in the nation while elevating the voice of Virginians.





Our most recent poll was conducted from December 28, 2023 - January 13, 2024, with results released in January 2024. The methodology is as follows:

  • 812 adult Virginians surveyed
  • Phone survey (Landlines/Cell) – dual sample design on listed landline numbers and random digit dialed (RDD) cell phone numbers
  • Sample weighted by demographics: gender, age, education, race, Hispanic origin, and region
  • Overall margin of error: +/- 5.46 percentage points


For more information about the results, questions, and data, visit the links below:

For a comprehensive list of past poll questions, visit our Poll Guidebook.