NEWS & INSIGHTS

The latest and greatest updates on our firm and our clients.

 

ALG Founder & Biden Pollster John Anzalone Joins Trump Pollster Tony Fabrizio in Discussion on Midterm Elections

There’s a new Odd Couple in American politics and it’s Biden pollster John Anzalone and Trump pollster Tony Fabrizio. You’d think these two wouldn’t get along, given their party affiliations, but watching their panel yesterday at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics reveals what John and Tony have in common: expertise and passion. Their Institute of Politics discussion—which can be viewed on the Institute’s YouTube channel—looks forward at what the midterms have in store by reflecting on last week’s results for both parties.

One of the lessons that Democrats can take from Biden’s low approval numbers is that voters need to have the benefits of the Build Back Better (BBB) Initiative laid out for them. Says Anzalone, “When Joe Biden started his Presidential campaign, nobody knew what he wanted to do when he was President. It is incumbent on a Democrat (or a Republican) to get their [candidate’s] message out. Explain ‘Here’s what’s in the bill, here’s what we’ve done for you, and here’s how it’s going to impact you.’ That is the absolute challenge.” Anzalone says that Democrats have the components of a powerful message for the 2022 midterms and they must harness what BBB can do for working families, seniors, and small businesses.

The takeaway from McAuliffe’s loss in Virginia? Don’t underestimate the might of the Republican Party’s far-reaching efforts to get voters out and to bring swing voters to their side. As John told Fabrizio last night, “the Republicans … do redistricting really well; they do disinformation really, really well; and the third thing they do really well, I have to admit, is branding. They brand the Democrats really well.” ALG is one of many organizations that is working to help Democratic candidates take back control of the narrative next year and reverse the damage done by Republican wedge issues.

Keep an eye out for more exciting conversations coming soon, and be sure to listen to John’s podcast discussion with UChicago Institute of Politics Director David Axelrod if you missed it back in July.

ALG Partner Brian Stryker Named AAPC 40 Under 40

ALG Research is proud to announce that Partner Brian Stryker is a recipient of the 2021 American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC) 40 Under 40 Award, making him a member of the most accomplished new generation of pollsters in the United States.

AAPC President Becki Donatelli had this to say about the recipients: “In an unprecedented campaign cycle due to the global pandemic, this year’s 40 Under 40 class highlights the rising influencers, entrepreneurs, creators, and strategists that are shaping the future of political consulting. We’re excited to recognize and celebrate them early on in their careers, and we look forward to seeing the incredible work they put forth in the future to further our industry.” 

ALG is proud to have Stryker’s hard work recognized by an institution of AAPC’s magnitude, and we’d like to take this opportunity to highlight Brian’s achievements. 

As an industry leader in Midwestern political analysis, Stryker contributed to the historic Democratic flips in the region we’ve seen in the past five years. Brian led the polling for Governor Gretchen Whitmer (MI), who won the race to replace conservative Rick Snyder in 2018. Stryker also led the polling for Reps. Cindy Axne (IA), Ron Kind (WI), and Haley Stevens (MI), resulting in landmark victories in districts Trump won. His work in the region continues today, with Stryker aiding Senate candidates Mandela Barnes (WI) and Tim Ryan (OH) in their campaigns during the mid-term election cycle. 

Demand for Stryker’s work isn’t limited to the American market either. Having polled in over one hundred countries, Brian’s international record is as broad as it is exceptional. In 2015, for instance, he was the lead pollster for Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari in his historic win over incumbent Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. Stryker’s work there made possible the first-ever peaceful transition of the presidency in Nigeria across party lines. Other notable nations polled by Stryker include Nicaragua, Haiti, and Algeria. 

Brian’s win at the 2021 AAPC Pollie Conference marks the second time an ALG partner has won the 40 Under 40 Award. Partner Molly Murphy was recognized in 2019, having been the pollster for Arizona’s Kyrsten Sinema, Massachusetts’s Ayanna Pressley, and Florida’s Donna Shalala in their successful 2018 campaigns. 

ALG Research’s work was also celebrated at this year’s conference when the AAPC named the 2020 Biden presidential campaign their Democratic Campaign of the Year. ALG Partners John Anzalone and Matt Hogan were key strategists as lead members of the Biden campaign polling team. “The campaign found unique methods to communicate to voters in an unforeseen pandemic, and in doing so fundamentally changed the way that we conduct our campaigns today,” said Rick Ridder of RBI Strategies and Research in the announcement.

Washington Post: Democrats should hammer the GOP over vote-by-mail

(Timothy D. Easley/AP)

New ALG Research polling data has been circulating among Capitol Hill Democrats and strategists, showing that Republicans are vulnerable in the battleground for their continued efforts to block voting reforms that would make it easier for people to vote safely during the pandemic. Our polling memo was recently included in a Washington Post op-ed on the topic – check out the article and our polling memo here.

 

Here’s what Jewish voters think — about Trump, antisemitism, and the 2020 election

ALG Research worked with Bend the Arc to perform a national online survey of American Jewish voters from September 10-16, 2019. They wanted to perform this study because, ‘In an era of misinformation, Bend the Arc knows some politicians and special interest groups will claim to speak for the Jewish community, and they wanted to hear directly from Jewish voters on what they care about in this election.’ read more…

ADL GLOBAL 100: AN INDEX OF ANTI-SEMITISM

ALG Research worked with he Anti-Defamation League (ADL) to study attitudes and opinions toward Jews in over 100 countries around the world. The research discovered that approximately one in four Europeans hold anti-Semitic beliefs, with such attitudes on the rise in eastern countries and mostly steady in the west.

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Congratulations to Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards on Winning a Second Term

Photo credit: Matthew Hinton/Associated Press

We are so proud to have worked with Governor Edwards on his reelection campaign. Thanks to him, 500,000 Louisianians who didn’t have access to critical health care services like preventive doctor visits, mammograms, and mental health treatment now do because of medicaid expansion. He raised teacher pay, put in place LGBTQ protections, passed strong criminal justice reform, took action to protect the Louisiana coast from big oil companies, and led the charge to raise the minimum wage and put in place equal pay laws.

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Congratulations to Pollsters of the Year Lisa Grove and Molly Murphy


Molly Murphy accepts the 2019 Pollster of the Award Year at the Pollies in Napa Valley, Calif.

ALG Research Partners Lisa Grove and Molly Murphy were selected as the recipients of the Campaign Excellence Award for Pollster of the Year for their work on the Kyrsten Sinema for U.S. Senate campaign during the 2018 election cycle, the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC) announced last week.

Sen. Sinema is Arizona’s first female senator and the first Democratic senator to be newly elected in the state since 1976. A New Yorker op-ed described her victory as “arguably the biggest win for Democrats since Donald Trump was elected.” After all was said and done, Sen. Sinema won by over two percentage points in an election where the majority of voters had a favorable view of Donald Trump, according to exit polls.

Lisa and Molly were honored at the AAPC’s 2019 Pollie Awards in Napa Valley, California, last Thursday. Congratulations Lisa and Molly! We are incredibly proud of you.

Molly Murphy was also selected to the AAPC’s 40 under 40 Class of 2019 “recognizing leaders and innovators in the political business community who are making a mark in their organizations and their professions.”

ALG Partner Molly Murphy Recognized in AAPC’s 40 Under 40 2019 Class

The American Association of Political Consultants has named ALG Research Partner Molly Murphy to its annual 40 Under 40 class, which recognizes young leaders from across specialties and parties that have made a continuing impact in the political sphere.

In 2018, Molly was one of the lead pollsters for Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s successful race, one of only two Democratic pickups in the Senate, in a state carried by Republicans in 2016. She also oversaw victories at the congressional level, polling for Massachusetts Rep. Ayanna Pressley and Florida Rep. Donna Shalala.

Along with her fellow honorees, Molly will be recognized at the 2019 Pollie Awards & Conference on April 2, in Napa Valley, California. 18 Democrats, 18 Republicans, and four independents who work in political media, advertising, polling, and public affairs make up this year’s class.

In addition to their innovation in consulting, recipients met the standards of the AAPC code of ethics.

Congratulations on this honor, Molly!

Learn more about the award here.

Hawaii Gov. David Ige Sworn in for a Second Term.

Proud to have help re-elect Governor David Ige for a second term in Hawaii. The governor defeated U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa in the primary. The Senate president, House speaker and finance committee chairs supported Hanabusa’s candidacy. Ige defeated Republican former state Rep. Andria Tupola in the Nov. 6 election. https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/hawaii/articles/2018-12-03/hawaii-governor-david-ige-to-be-inaugurated-to-second-term

NEW AD: Steve Sisolak and daughters discuss education, health care.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Steve Sisolak (NV) today released a pair of new ads featuring his two daughters, Ashley and Carley. The ads focus on two of Sisolak’s top priorities — improving Nevada’s public education system and protecting health care for Nevada families.

 

New ad from Denny Wolff in PA-09.

We need more people like Denny Wolff in Congress. A farmer who knows what it is like to do hard work. He could teach Washington a few things.

Check out the ad here:

A Champion we can all rally behind – Congressman Scott Peters (CA 52)

U.S. Congressman Scott Peters was named a “2018 Beer Champion” by the Beer Institute for championing policies that support brewers and beer importers.

Rep. Peters supported the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act, which provided temporary tax relief to brewers and beer importers. Rep. Peters has called on the Department of Justice to investigate irregularities in aluminum prices that drive up costs for both beer makers and consumers.

Gwen Graham for Florida latest TV ad!

Gwen Graham’s latest ad focuses on Gwen’s proposals to expand Medicaid and allow Floridians to purchase the same health insurance Tallahassee politicians get.

Check the ad here:


Here’s the latest ad for Steve Sisolak in the NV Gov race

Steve was in a leadership position when the horrible Las Vegas shooting last October happened – and Steve and the Las Vegas Sheriff, started a victim’s fund that raised millions of dollars. Since then, he’s made common-sense gun reforms a critical part of his campaign.