West Long Branch, N.J. - The Monmouth University Polling Institute (MUPI) is ranked among the top 7% of all pollsters in the nation after receiving a grade of “A-” from analyst Nate Silver’s website FiveThirtyEight.com. FiveThirtyEight analyzed the historical accuracy and methodology of 337 different pollsters over the past 16 years to develop its ratings. MUPI’s track record places it among the country’s top 22 polling organizations.

Monmouth University’s Polling Institute is a leading center for the study of public opinion research on important state, regional and national issues. In 2013, MUPI was recognized as the only polling operation that correctly forecast the outcomes of both the November gubernatorial race and the special October U.S. Senate contest in New Jersey days before those elections, leading the Asbury Park Press to call the poll “freakishly accurate.”

Patrick Murray was named the founding director of MUPI in 2005. In that short time, MUPI has established itself as the Garden State's "poll of record" for its in-depth tracking of public policy and quality of life issues.  In 2010, Murray was named "Pollster of the Year" by PolitickerNJ and in 2013, he was one of just six people recognized for “Winner of the Year” honors in New Jersey politics.  Murray has been listed in Politicker’s annual “Power List”of the 100 most politically influential non-elected figures in New Jersey for each of the last four years.

For more information, visit www.monmouth.edu/polling.You can also follow Murray on Twitter (@PollsterPatrick) and read his blog on polling and other issues at http://monmouthpoll.blogspot.com