Raleigh pollster Tom Jensen landed on Business Insider magazine's list of the 36 most powerful people in politics, joining the likes of Bill Clinton, Chris Christie, Michelle Obama and Karl Rove.
Jensen, a Chapel Hill resident, is the chief pollster at Public Policy Polling, a Democratic firm that does automated polling. Business Insider writes: "Largely unknown prior to the 2012 campaign, Jensen's North Carolina-based firm ended up being the most reliable public pollster of the election. The firm correctly predicted the winner of the presidential race in all 50 states, and at the end of the election, PPP was rated as the most accurate polling company of the campaign.
"The rise of PPP was not without controversy — its analysts were unabashed in their support of President Barack Obama, giving the firm a partisan bias that drew heavy criticism from the right.
But that controversy was also partly responsible for putting PPP on the map, as were the firm's quirky poll questions (one poll asked whether respondents "had enough Santorum in [their] lives"), and its engagement on Twitter and other social media."
One other pollster on the list: the New York Times Nate Silver.