About David Flaherty

David Flaherty is CEO and founder of Magellan Strategies. He is a pollster, data miner, master of political data, campaign consultant and strategist. David has been in the business of campaigns, politics, survey research, predictive data modeling and political data analysis since 1992. Prior to forming Magellan Strategies in Colorado at the end 2006, David worked in Washington DC for 14 years at the Republican National Committee, Americans for Prosperity and the US House of Representatives. David’s 25 year career path has taught him the art of political data analysis, survey research, focus group research, and campaign management. David has consulted more than 75 political and grassroots campaigns across the country. He is an expert in applying survey research, Census and political data demography, GIS and redistricting technology, and statistical and predictive analysis to make better decisions in the political, government and public affairs arenas. David is a 1991 graduate of the University of Delaware and resides in Broomfield, Colorado with his wife Jennifer and their two sons Jack and Bobby.

David Flaherty Colorado Election Presentation at Centennial Institute

David Flaherty gave a presentation about the 2016 election in Colorado at the Centennial Institute on September 19th. His presentation covered voter demographic trends in Colorado and the hurdles facing the Republican Party to attract voters. He also went though Magellan Strategies latest polling results for statewide ballot initiatives including ColoradoCare Amendment 69, Raising the [...]

By | 2017-05-24T03:25:52+00:00 September 20th, 2016|

Colorado 2016 Presidential Voter Opinion Survey

Download Survey Summary, Toplines and Tabs Magellan Strategies 2016 Colorado Presidential Survey Results Magellan Strategies today released the results of a live landline and cell phone survey of 500 likely general election voters in Colorado. The interviews were conducted August 29th to 31st and the survey has a margin of error [...]

By | 2017-05-24T03:25:52+00:00 September 8th, 2016|

Raise The Bar / Amendment 71 Voter Opinion Survey

Download Survey Summary, Toplines and Tabs     Amendment 71 Survey Results Magellan Strategies today released the results of a live landline and cell phone survey of 500 likely general election voters in Colorado. The interviews were conducted August 29th to 31st and the survey has a margin of error of +/- 4.38% at [...]

By | 2017-05-24T03:25:52+00:00 September 7th, 2016|

Colorado Minimum Wage / Amendment 70 Voter Opinion Survey

Download Survey Summary, Toplines and Tabs     Colorado Minimum Wage / Amendment 70 Survey Results Magellan Strategies today released the results of a live landline and cell phone survey of 500 likely general election voters in Colorado. The interviews were conducted August 29th to 31st and the survey has a margin of error [...]

By | 2017-05-24T03:25:52+00:00 September 6th, 2016|

ColoradoCare / Amendment 69 Voter Opinion Survey

Download Survey Summary, Toplines and Tabs   Amendment 69 Survey Results Magellan Strategies today released the results of a live landline and cell phone survey of 500 likely general election voters in Colorado. The interviews were conducted August 29th to 31st and the survey has a margin of error of +/- 4.38% at the [...]

By | 2017-05-24T03:25:53+00:00 September 6th, 2016|

Are Colorado Republicans Going to Vote This November?

What's the million dollar question for Colorado political pundits, reporters, campaign professionals and pollsters this election cycle?  If you ask the team here at Magellan Strategies it is ... drum roll please ... How many Colorado Republicans will turnout to vote this November? That's right, how many registered Republicans will decide to hang in there, bite [...]

By | 2017-05-24T03:25:53+00:00 August 23rd, 2016|

The Huge Benefits of Using Modeled Voter Data

Using modeled voter data to target voters can provide huge benefits and advantages for a political campaign. If you have ever managed or worked on a political campaign it is likely you had to make decisions about voter targeting. In other words, what voters should receive the candidate's first biography mail piece? What voters should [...]

By | 2017-05-24T03:25:53+00:00 August 15th, 2016|

4 Things Every Ballot Initiative Should Have to Win Voter Approval

The Colorado Constitution contains a provision called the Taxpayer Bill of Rights, or "TABOR", which requires state, local and county governments to obtain voter approval to issue bonds (increase debt), increase a mill levy or a sales tax. Basically any time a government wishes to raise revenue for any purpose they are required to [...]

By | 2017-05-24T03:25:53+00:00 August 4th, 2016|

Automated Voice Recorded Voter Opinion Surveys: The Good and The Bad

Political candidates, campaign professionals, political observers and the media refer to automated voice recorded surveys in many different ways. These include "IVR (interactive voice recorded) survey", "flash poll", "robo-poll", or a "push-button poll". These connotations do not exactly inspire trust and confidence in the survey method to measure voter opinion accurately. However, as a [...]

By | 2017-05-24T03:25:53+00:00 July 28th, 2016|

The Truth: Why Online Sample Sucks for Voter Opinion Surveys

As a political pollster I often get asked by clients and the media if Magellan Strategies uses online sample for voter opinion surveys. This is a very good question, and shows that people are aware of the rapid decline of voter households with a landline telephone, and the growth of "cell phone only" or "cell [...]

By | 2017-05-24T03:25:53+00:00 July 21st, 2016|