David Metz

FM3 Partner David Metz has provided opinion research and strategic guidance to hundreds of non-profit organizations, government agencies, businesses, and political campaigns in over 40 states since joining the firm in 1998.

In a challenging cycle for Democrats in 2014, Dave’s polling helped to re-elect Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber and four members of Congress, and also guided successful ballot measures to legalize marijuana in Oregon and Washington, DC. In 2012, Dave's research helped a diverse variety of campaigns to success, including Prop 39, a California ballot measure to close a corporate tax loophole and fund clean energy programs; Pre-K for SA, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro's ballot measure to fund early childhood education; and an independent expenditure campaign to elect Martin Heinrich to the U.S. Senate in New Mexico.

Dave has provided research to win some of the nation's most expensive and contentious ballot measure campaigns. These include all of the largest conservation finance measures in national history, including five successful statewide bond measures providing $15 billion to protect land and water in California, as well as major statewide measures in Florida, Maine, Minnesota, Iowa, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Nevada, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Oregon. In 2010 his research helped guide the campaign against California's Proposition 23 to an overwhelming victory with 62 percent of the vote, successfully defending the nation's strongest state law to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. His research on the issue of “regulatory takings” helped the environmental community reverse a string of ballot measure losses and win five consecutive campaigns in California, Oregon, Washington and Alaska.

Dave’s other successful work on ballot measure campaigns has included tobacco prevention (California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada and Arizona), Indian gaming (Arizona and California), clean energy (California and Washington), early childhood education (Texas and Arizona), arts funding (Oregon and Minnesota), stem cell research (California and Missouri), transportation funding (California and Washington), and political reform (California and Illinois).

Dave has also provided opinion research on key message and policy issues to numerous environmental and conservation organizations, among them The Nature Conservancy, the Trust for Public Land, the Natural Resources Defense Council, Environment America, the League of Conservation Voters, the Environmental Defense Fund, Climate Solutions, Ducks Unlimited, American Rivers, Greenpeace, Earthjustice, the Wilderness Society, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Sierra Club, and the National Audubon Society.

Dave has also specialized in providing community satisfaction, policy development and ballot measure feasibility surveys for major cities, including Oakland, Sacramento, San Francisco, and San Jose.

David Metz received his Bachelor's degree in Government from Harvard University and his Master's in Public Policy from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California-Berkeley. His writing on politics has appeared in Campaigns & Elections magazine, and in Classifying by Race, an edited volume on the role of race in American politics. Metz may be reached at FM3's Oakland office at (510) 451-9521, or at dave@fm3research.com.