Posts by Bill McInturff
McInturff-Harrington Morning Consult Column (6-6-14): Impact of the ACA on the 2014 Congressional Elections

Despite the varying news climate over time, attitudes about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have been remarkably stable. National surveys from NBC/WSJ, Kaiser Family Foundation,

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Numbers For Democrats From April’s NBC-WSJ: Better Than A Month Ago, But Still Cruisin’ For A Bruisin’

According to the latest NBC-WSJ poll conducted April 23-27, 2014, overall results are worse for the president and Democrats than the comparable findings on the last weekend heading into the 2010 election on five of six key national measures including:

  • Direction of the country;
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Our Happy Holidays Slide Deck

We think you would enjoy what passes for a holiday card, pollster style–our holiday slide deck of good cheer!

The deck serves as a vibrant  reminder of the crazy quilt of American public opinion and answers the great questions of our time such as:

  • I know being president is hard,
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President Obama and the Dreaded “K-Word:” Katrina

These have been difficult weeks for the president, but it needs to be understood how potentially consequential these weeks could be on the arc of his presidency.  

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The Affordable Care Act: Businesses Report Negative Impact Now and Anticipate More to Come

We just completed a survey which extensively examined the Affordable Care Act (ACA) from the perspective of the owners and C-level executives of franchise and non-franchise businesses which employ between 40 and 500 people.

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ACLI has worked with Public Opinion Strategies for decades, through several tough industry battles—often ones in which public opinion does not naturally fall on the side of insurers. Yet Bill and his team consistently provide invaluable strategic advice by refining our messages and helping us frame our issues in a way that makes them understandable and persuasive.

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Public Opinion Strategies has been a part of our team in Missouri for more than a decade. With their data and guidance, Republicans here were able to attain a majority in the House in 2002 for the first time in fifty years, and we have been able to grow that majority to the point that we now have a record, veto-proof majority.

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In my tenure at two leading business associations, facing huge and complex consumer issues, I have benefitted enormously from the objective advisory skills of Bill and his team. They do their homework, they are rigorous, dispassionate and thoughtful. Turning questions into answers is a clever tag, but it’s also an apt description of the professional talents of the firm.

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