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Parker Slaybaugh to launch Founders Insight; new Policy Research Firm conducting weekly public opinion polling

Slaybaugh previously served as a Chief Deputy Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry to Governor Glenn Youngkin

RICHMOND, VA – Founders Insight, a new nonpartisan 501c(3) organization committed to providing public policy insights across the Commonwealth, announced the results of its inaugural survey Tuesday. The new organization will conduct regular statewide public opinion polling to better understand the policy views of Virginians ahead of key upcoming elections and the 2024 General Assembly Session. Founders Insight is led by longtime Virginia political veteran, Parker Slaybaugh who most recently served as former Chief Deputy Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry under Governor Glenn Youngkin.

“In Virginia, with everyone fully focused on who will gain majorities in the House of Delegates and the Senate of Virginia, there is a void of public data and research on what voters actually think and want from their elected leaders,” said Parker Slaybaugh, Executive Director of Founders Insight. “Founders Insight will provide year-round, public opinion polling to better understand voters and inform policy makers what their constituents believe on a wide array of issues.”

Founders Insight will seek to aid state and federal lawmakers, candidates, as well as the general electorate by providing near real-time data on pivotal policy and legislative matters as well as general voter sentiment. The Founders Insight Board of Directors consists of well-respected Virginia leaders who are committed to the mission of providing non-partisan data and research to better inform the public as well as elected officials.

Board members consist of:

Betsy Beamer – Director of Planning and Organization – McGuireWoods Consulting
David Skiles – Partner – Vectre Corporation
Meaghan Mobbs, PhD – Senior Fellow – The Independent Women’s Forum
CJ Sailor President, AFP Virginia

During the first public poll released from Founders Insight on Tuesday, data showed that two key issues will be top of mind for voters as they head to the polls for Virginia’s 2023 General Assembly elections – inflation and abortion. In a statewide poll which surveyed 957 Likely General Election Voters, 24% say inflation is the top issue while 15% of those surveyed say abortion is most important to them.