On Tuesday, November 2, 2011, Romney campaign pollster Neil Newhouse and Democratic pollster Margie Omerto joined the Monitor Breakfast for a conversation with reporters.
Neil Newhouse is a partner and co-founder of Public Opinion Strategies, a national political and public affairs research firm which has been described by the New York Times as the leading Republican polling company in the country, and was named Pollster of the Year by the trade publication Campaigns and Elections for its work in the 2002 election cycle.
Margie Omero is president and founder of Momentum Analysis, a Democratic public opinion research firm based in Washington, D.C. The firm counts among its clients the Democratic National
Committee, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, EMILY’s List, members of Congress, non-profit organizations, and labor unions. She is an award-winning pollster, recently named
one of “50 Politicos to Watch” by Politico, and a “Mover and Shaker” by Politics Magazine.
Prior to launching Momentum Analysis in 2001, Ms. Omero was a vice president at The Mellman Group, where she worked on the firm’s research for non-profits such as World Wildlife Fund, the Trust for Public Land, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and the League of Women Voters. She also handled the firm’s research for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee as well as for numerous Democratic candidates such as Senators Maria Cantwell, Tim Johnson, and Tom Daschle.
Ms. Omero is a professionally-trained focus group moderator who has personally conducted nearly a thousand focus groups and qualitative discussions. She is also a member of the American Association of Political Consultants, where she has been a frequent judge for the group’s annual awards for campaign advertising. Ms. Omero graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, where she studied psychology and research methodology.
According to GOP pollster Neil Newhouse and Democratic pollster Margie Omero, "Wal-Mart Moms" -- women mostly under 45 with children under the age of 18 -- are focused on day-to-day life far more than issues like Wall Street regulation or the debt ceiling fight.
Speaking to reporters at a Christian Science Monitor Breakfast, GOP pollster Neil Newhouse stated that America's electoral map in 2012 will show significant changes from 2008. Citing "sustained pessimism" among voters, Newhouse predicted Obama will have a hard time rekindling enthusiasm among his base.
Speaking to reporters at a Christian Science Monitor Breakfast, Democratic pollster Margie Omero and Republican pollster Neil Newhouse disagreed over the relative enthusiasm among GOP voters heading into the 2012 election season.
Voters unhappy with President Obama and congressional Republicans are unlikely to vote out both, pollsters Neil Newhouse and Margie Omero said at a breakfast sponsored by The Christian Science Monitor.