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Results of 2020 Covid-19 Poll and Political Analysis


This analysis is based on the results from our poll of 542 randomly sampled California voters fielded March 26 and 27, 2020. The margin of sampling error is +/-4.2% at the 95% confidence level. This survey was conducted online with voters who have a cell phone number or email address on the voter file. Invitations were sent via email and text message.

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Edgy Interview: Frank Nienstedt

Very much alive and kicking at the age of 89, Frank Nienstedt – CERC’s longest-serving employee and John’s dad -- dutifully sat for The Edgy Interview. Born in and raised in Riverside, Illinois, during the Great Depression, he remembers the iceman coming around, burning coal in the furnace, hearing the news about Pearl Harbor and the dropping of the A-bomb. Frank has witnessed lots of changes. He gets into his faith, his deep love of classical music (and broccoli!) and more in this interview, but somehow neglected to touch on his biggest highlight: serving as John’s Best Man. Read more

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Helping clients win is our business; insight is our currency. “Knowledge is power” isn’t just an old saying; it is the truth. We understand that at Competitive Edge Research & Communication, Inc. (CERC). Since 1987, we have been serving clients with best-in-class research and communication services. We provide strategic advice based on accurate, rich, and detailed pictures of constituents, customers, organization members, or the general public.

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