Director of Research and Polling

Val R. Smith, Ph.D.

Val R. Smith, Ph.D., serves as Research Director for the Agency’s SJR Opinion Research division. He is a recognized expert in measuring public opinion, using advanced analytics and a three-dimensional statistical methodology. Dr. Smith has taught upper-division and graduate research and data analysis courses and conducted hundreds of qualitative and quantitative opinion research projects. Before his work with SJR, Dr. Smith was affiliated with CCG and Meta Information Services. Dr. Smith has directed over 300 opinion research projects in the areas of public affairs, campaigns, and corporate market research. Other polling projects have included numerous statewide initiatives and a Presidential race in Argentina.