Research that clarifies. Results that resonate.
From the 
Statehouse to Washington.


DFM Research has been providing political and marketing consulting services to a select group of clients since 1997.

Founded by Dean Mitchell, DFM Research has a proven track record of providing quality public research, based on sound fundamentals, that helps move and generate public and political debate.


Dean Mitchell has more than twenty years experience in the political and non-profit arena. His research is combined with sound theory by way of his Master in Public Policy (MPP) degree from the University of Minnesota's Hubert Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.

Dean has polled on political and policy issues around the country. Most notably, he accurately predicted the outcome of the 2012 U.S. Senate race in North Dakota. While others predicted an easy Republican victory, Dean predicted within one percentage point, the final outcome of the key Senate race, which is regarded as the biggest upset of the 2012 election.

Believing you are only as good as your last success, Dean correctly polled the 2nd District of Nebraska in the 2014 election. In what turned out to be one of the few success for the Democrats, the Omaha Rail Survey showed the Democratic challenger leading the Republican incumbent by 5 percentage points; the final result 10 days later has the Republican incumbent losing by 3 percentage points. Using the 2012 and 2014 election as measuring sticks, provides clients real data that DFM's methodology is sound.

Dean serves as a political adviser to the Transportation Division of SMART (Sheet Metal, Air, Rail, Transportation), providing consulting and policy research services that the union's senior leadership utilize in their bipartisan legislative lobbying efforts in Congress and in state capitols across the United States. 


    AL.Com; Birmingham News (February 12, 2016)
    Do you want more passenger rail service in Alabama

    Modesto Bee
(October 28, 2015)
With so many trains in Valley, we want them to be safer

    Nebraska Watchdog
(March 9, 2015)

    Obama and Tea Party Have Something in Common

    Bismarck Tribune (March 6, 2015)
    In N.D., Keep Agriculture in the Family

    St. Louis Post Dispatch (April 16, 2014)
    Memo to Congress: Missourians Want More Amtrak Service

   2014 Election Cycle
   Roll Call (October 28, 2014) 
   New Poll Shows Lee Terry Still Trailing
   State of Politics (August 9, 2014)  
   NRCC Trumpets NY-19 Poll

    The Hill (May 8, 2014)
   Rahall up 9 in New Poll

    Political Wire (November 15, 2013)
    Kentucky Senate Race Deadlocked

Dem Poll: Heitkamp up 6 in North Dakota


  DFM Research
  Dean Mitchell
  695 Watson Avenue
  Saint Paul, MN 55102

  Phone: (651) 387-5265
  Email: dfmresearch@comcast.net

Website Builder