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The annual poll from R.L. Repass & Partners garners attention both good and bad.

When Rex Repass unveils The West Virginia Poll at the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting and Business Summit, people pay attention.

A special edition of The West Virginia Poll is conducted each year and released at the chamber's annual meeting. The Repass firm is responsible for the questionnaire design, the sample/respondent selection, data tabulation, statistical analysis and the reporting of results for the West Virginia Poll each year.

Chamber President Steve Roberts has said the poll "has long been recognized as the premier tool for providing a stunningly accurate measurement and reflection on the views of our citizens."

Last year, the West Virginia Republican Party blasted a Repass poll in a news release as a "cheap, out-of-state poll run from an insider pal to try to hurt Republican candidates."

Repass has been conducting the poll for more than 30 years, and Rex Repass said last year that West Virginians are "very insightful about the issues that affect their lives."

"Over the years, results of the West Virginia Poll have had an impact on legislative initiatives and other issues important to state residents," Repass said in a news release.

Repass lists Toyota, GM, the West Virginia Lottery, Thomson Reuters, Sprint, Booz Allen Hamilton and Dinsmore & Shohl among its clients.