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Top Florida-based polling firm merges



Press release:

FERNANDINA BEACH, FL, Jan. 4 - EMC Research and Hamilton Campaigns, two respected public opinion research firms, are pleased to announce their merger. The new national firm, operating under the name EMC Research, will have more than 40 professionals with offices in Columbus, OH, Fernandina Beach, FL, Irving, TX, Oakland, CA, Portland, OR, Seattle, WA and Washington, D.C.

“EMC Research has had steady growth in recent years, and merging with Hamilton Campaigns is another step in our growth as a national public opinion research firm,” said EMC Research President Alex Evans. “This merger allows us to expand our geographic reach by building on Hamilton Campaigns’ existing clients and considerable ties to the political and business community in Florida, Texas and Washington D.C.”

Hamilton Campaigns was founded in Orlando by public opinion research pioneer Bill Hamilton in 1964, and is one of the oldest survey research firms in the country.  Hamilton Campaigns has unmatched experience in Florida and extensive corporate research experience including work with UF Health Shands, the Orlando Magic, Progress Energy, and Orlando Health.  Florida political and organizational clients include the Florida Education Association, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, and DNC Chair and Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Some past clients include former Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio, former Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown, former US Senator Lawton Chiles and former Governor Reuben Askew among others.

“Both firms have a history of conducting quality opinion research and providing a level of service to clients that is truly an added value,” said David Beattie, who has been President of Hamilton Campaigns since 2000 and will be a Senior Principal at EMC Research. “Our firm now has diverse national experience combined with local knowledge in some of the largest states in the country which is a benefit to all our clients.”

EMC Research was founded in 1989 and conducts opinion and market research for a wide range of political, corporate, public agency, and not-for-profit clients across the country. Clients include: large public agencies such as Sound Transit (Seattle) and the Santa Clara Valley Health & Hospital System; mayors across the country including Ed Lee (San Francisco), Libby Schaaf (Oakland), Ed Murray (Seattle), and Andrew Ginther (Columbus), large healthcare organizations such as Sutter Health, and well-known non-profits such as Trust for Public Lands and Nature Conservancy.  

Beattie tells us there firms already have strong ties: "One of their senior principals, Andrew Thibault is Bill Hamilton’s nephew and worked with him in the early 90s before moving to Seattle to get out of politics - and was back in polling within a year.  His aunt - Anne Thibault - is still the chairman of the board for Hamilton Campaigns.  It actually allows me to focus more on Florida, since there is already so much going on in other states."

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