Ryan Shucard

Director, Communications / Defense Against the Dark Arts

Ryan is a PR pro, public affairs specialist, political communicator, and aspiring writer with experience working in both chambers of Congress, political campaigns, think tanks, trade associations, cryptocurrency organizations, and public relations agencies, large and small. He is a native Coloradan and a proud graduate of the University of Northern Colorado (GO BEARS) with dual degrees in political science as well as journalism and public relations.

Do you have any skills or talents that people don’t know about?
I have a knack for gardening and enjoy growing all kinds of plants, of which there are 32 currently in our house. Everything from oranges and strawberries to succulents, money trees, and fiddle leafs.

What was your first job?
Washing dishes at my grandpa's BBQ joint. It was a great first step and eventually led to better jobs there but you gotta start somewhere.

Who is someone you admire?
James Rosen is a journalist and author, and currently the Chief White House Correspondent for Newsmax. He was a great contact early on in my PR career and has since become a true friend and mentor. He's an incredible writer and one of the smartest people I know. There's lots to admire and exemplify.

If I were a superhero, my superpower would be…
Mind reading.

Posts Featuring Ryan

National Poll: Voters Support a Detain-and-Deport Policy as Illegal Immigration Surges to a Top Concern 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 15, 2024) – Cygnal, the nation's fastest growing and most accurate private polling firm, released this national poll (conducted Feb. 6-8) of general election voters.  “Illegal immigration can no longer be treated as a secondary or even a tertiary issue on the campaign trail,” said Pollster and Director of Client Strategy, Chris Lane. “Not only are voters bombarded with media coverage on the impacts of the border crisis, but they’re also experiencing it in their communities, and that gives credence to the narrative that every town is a border town. This confluence works in the Republicans’ favor because 48% of voters now say they trust the Republican Party more to address our nation’s border security, including a 2:1 margin of Independents.”

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Battleground Poll: Two Kinds of Democrats Reveal Party Division While Republicans Won’t Move Without Trump 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 24, 2024) – Cygnal, the nation's fastest growing and most accurate private polling firm, released the following poll (conducted Jan. 16-18) of America’s toughest battleground congressional districts in the 2024 general election.  “What really stands out in this poll is the impact Donald Trump has on voter propensity in these battleground districts,” said Vice President of Polling, Brock McCleary. “Too much emphasis is put on scenarios where Trump is not the Republican nominee, but our battleground data shows Trump’s absence on the ballot would likely result in lower turnout. In other words, Republicans have more to lose than gain without Trump on the ballot.”

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Poll: 65% Willing to Deport Illegal Immigrants; 64% Want to Militarize the Border as Immigration Surges as Top Priority for Congress 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 16, 2024) – Cygnal, the nation's fastest growing and most accurate private polling firm, released a new national poll (conducted Jan. 11-12) on an array of trending issues in the 2024 general election.  “This new national data shows just how voters view an unsecure border and the subsequent illegal immigration as a crisis, one that they believe is not being addressed by the Biden Administration,” said Cygnal President Brent Buchanan. “Republican candidates at all levels would be wise to tap into this sentiment and contrast themselves with a sheepish bench of Democrats who have largely let the issue fester to a boiling point no locality can afford to further ignore because it’s impacting voters day-to-day lives. This is also likely why our data shows huge support for mass deportations and the militarization of the Southern border.”

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Poll: RFK Jr., Manchin’s Impact on 2024 + Newsom’s Failed ‘Plan B’ Experiment and Party Extremism 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 13, 2023) – Cygnal, the nation's fastest growing and most accurate private polling firm, released a new national poll (conducted Dec. 5-7) on an array of trending international and domestic topics along with the 2024 general election.  “With less than a year until the 2024 election, our final poll of the year offers some clear insights on the potential impact of RFK Jr. and Joe Manchin in a Biden-Trump rematch,” said Vice President of Polling, Brock McCleary. “Despite prevailing narratives suggesting RFK ‘steals’ equally from Trump and Biden, he is hurting Biden more than Trump. Kennedy wins more Democrats and left-leaning Independents than he does Republicans. Add Manchin to the mix and the race moves back to a tie.”

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Florida Statewide Poll: Republicans Hold Firm Leads + Presidential Matchups

WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 20, 2023) – Cygnal, the nation's fastest growing and most accurate private polling firm, released this new poll (conducted Nov. 13-15) of general election voters in Florida. The state favors Republicans as the generic Congressional ballot stands at R+6, and voters are slightly more optimistic about the direction of the state (48% right direction; 44% wrong track). 

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New Poll of Hispanics in America: The Economy, Immigration, 2024 Matchups, Abortion, and the American Dream 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 15, 2023) – Cygnal, the nation's fastest growing and most accurate private polling firm, released this new poll (conducted Nov. 6-12) of Hispanic voters in key states across America, including Arizona, Florida, Nevada, and Texas’s Rio Grande Valley. 

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NEW MONTHLY NATIONAL POLL: Biden Sees Movement in His Image Due to Israel; Voters’ Opinions of Causal Factors of Mass Shootings; Israel vs. Ukraine Funding; and Persuadable Voters Strongly Moved by National Security as a Top Issue 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 7, 2023) – Cygnal, the nation's fastest growing and most accurate private polling firm, released this new national poll (conducted Oct, 30 – Nov. 1) on an array of trending international and domestic topics along with the 2024 general election. 

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NEW NATIONAL POLL: Muslim-Americans Say Hamas Was Justified in Attacking Israel; Majority of Americans Say Iran Should be Held Accountable, Majority Support Israel’s Right to Self-defense

WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 20, 2023) – Cygnal, the nation's most accurate and fastest growing private polling firm, released new national poll data (conducted Oct. 16-18, 2023) on Americans’ views regarding the recent Hamas terrorist attacks on Israel and Jewish-Muslim relations in the wake of the unprecedented and gruesome attacks. The poll surveyed an oversample of Jewish and Muslim Americans. 

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NEW MONTHLY NATIONAL POLL: Voters Back Striking UAW Workers More than the UAW Itself, Side with Amazon in FTC Lawsuit – Plus “Who Is a Swifty”  

WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 9, 2023) – Cygnal, the nation's most accurate and fastest growing private polling firm, released its latest national poll data (conducted Oct. 3-4, 2023) on the GOP presidential primary race and an array of trending topics. 

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Cygnal Announces Inaugural Class of 30 Under Thirty Honorees in its America’s Rising Republic Operatives (ARRO) Initiative 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 2, 2023) – Cygnal, the nation's most accurate private polling firm, released the names of its inaugural class of 30 Under Thirty honorees in the America’s Rising Republican Operatives (ARRO) initiative.

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