Metromark has been working with The State newspaper, one of the largest newspapers in South Carolina, since the late 1970s.
The emphasis in Metromark's work with The State, owned by McClatchy Newspapers, is on identifying public perception, knowledge and attitudes on major social, economic, and political issues.
Metromark's reports for The State are primarily based on surveys by mail and telephone. Other research involves bringing people together for discussion groups to identify issues within communities.
Metromark's latest reports concentrate primarily on issues within the Columbia Region, a multi-county area surrounding the City of Columbia SC. Reporters, editors and Metromark staff work to identify story ideas based on the survey findings. These stories are written and published throughout the year.