Whit Ayres, January 28

Whit Ayres’s quote for the National Journal “Against the Grain” column, on the anxieties of the middle class:

“We’re going to have to see sustained growth in the number of middle-class jobs and an increase in median income before we really see attitudes about the economy turn around,” said Republican pollster Whit Ayres, who is advising potential presidential candidate Marco Rubio. “Debates on how to get the economy going to get more well-paying middle-class jobs will remain one of the very top issues in the next presidential campaign. The depth of middle-class anxiety is so widespread.”

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Whit Ayres, January 27

Whit Ayres’ comments to Bloomberg Politics on Senator Marco Rubio:

“People make an enormous mistake if they underestimate the potential of an elected official as enormously talented as Marco Rubio,” said Whit Ayres, Rubio’s Washington-based pollster. “He is an incredible political talent and talent will rise in the long run in this, and any other profession.”

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Whit Ayres, January 26

Whit Ayres on public opinion regarding gay marriage, via ABC News:

“On no issue during my 40-year career have opinions moved as rapidly as they have on the issue of the morality of gay relationships and ultimately gay marriage,” said Whit Ayres, a Republican consultant for Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and the National Rifle Association. “When you have conservative organizations like the U.S. military and the Boy Scouts openly accepting gay members, the debate is close to being over.”

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Whit Ayres, January 14

Whit Ayres in The Telegraph on the early stages of the 2016 presidential contest:

“Polling at this stage is simply a measure of name recognition and tells you nothing of how a likely contest would turn out,” said Whit Ayres, a veteran Republican pollster. “Sometimes people read into polls the things they want to see rather than looking beneath the surface to realise the limitations of what polls can tell you.”

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Whit Ayres, November 24

Whit Ayres’ comments in the National Journal on how President Obama’s actions may affect Hillary Clinton’s chances in the 2016 presidential contest:

Even so, a pattern is already hardening with Clinton embracing and the 2016 Republicans repudiating many of Obama’s most consequential, and polarizing, initiatives. Republicans believe this dynamic will benefit them because, as Obama himself acknowledged with his “new car smell” remarks this week, voters usually prefer change after a two-term president. “It makes it far more difficult for Hillary Clinton to separate herself from Barack Obama and avoid the charge that she’s going to represent [his] third term,” says Republican pollster Whit Ayres.

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Governor Halsam Candidacy for RGA Chair

Whit Ayres’ comments in Politico on Governor Bill Haslam’s candidacy for chairman of the RGA:

Whit Ayres, the national GOP pollster who advises Haslam, said the governor would be an “inspired” choice for the RGA, allowing that he’d represent a significant stylistic shift from his more pugilistic predecessors.

“He is the most modest major political figure I’ve ever worked with in my life,” Ayres said. “You’d be hard-pressed to find a governor anywhere in the country who is more popular than Bill Haslam. I mean, who has job approval ratings in the 70s these days, in this cynical age?”

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YG Network Post Election Survey

YG Network Survey Overview

Our post-election survey of registered voters, conducted for the YG Network, shows strong support for messages outlined in Room to Grow to address current challenges faced by many Americans, including education, unemployment, and poverty in addition to health care and tax reform.

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YG Network Message Memo

YG Network Message Memo

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YG Message Crosstabs

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Whit Ayres, November 17

Whit Ayres’ comments in the Wall Street Journal regarding Governor Chris Christie and the Keystone XL pipeline:

Any successful 2016 Republican candidate for president will need to show their support for the pipeline, said Whit Ayres, a Republican pollster. Pushing other ideas to expand U.S. energy investments could help to distinguish Mr. Christie from the rest of the pack, he said. “It’s a great issue for Republicans. It’s a great issue for anyone who wants to see economic growth.”

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Whit Ayres, November 13

Whit Ayres’ quoted by msnbc on potential executive action on immigration:

“[Executive action] undercuts supporters of immigration reform and emboldens the opponents,” Republican pollster Whit Ayres, who has advocated passing reform to help the GOP win back Latinos, told msnbc. “It’s going to come across as an illegitimate and crassly political move by a desperate president.”

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Whit Ayres, November 4

Whit Ayres’ comments in the Wall Street Journal on the final weeks of the election:

Whit Ayres, a Republican pollster, said the late-in-the-game focus on Ebola and Islamic State added to a growing body of evidence that “the administration is in over its head.”

While these issues didn’t decide the election, they sucked up a lot of oxygen, making it difficult for Democrats to find traction talking about other topics, he said.

“When people are dying in a pandemic in Africa and innocent people are getting their heads chopped off in the Middle East, raising the minimum wage pales in comparison,” Mr. Ayres said, referring to a central policy proposal from Democratic candidates.

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