Whit Ayres, March 1

Whit Ayres’ comments in The New York Times regarding climate change:

“A lot of thoughtful Republicans have accepted the reality of climate change and are wrestling with questions of policy,” Whit Ayres, a prominent Republican pollster, said. 

Mr. Ayres noted that many Republicans had concerns about climate change policies like taxing or regulating coal and oil pollution. But he said that questioning the foundational science of climate change could become a political liability.

“There are perfectly legitimate questions to be raised about whether a dollar spent fighting climate change is better spent on health care or education,” Mr. Ayres said. “But there are no longer credible questions to be raised about the existence of climate change. If the White House ends up there, that is simply not credible.”

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Whit Ayres, April 27

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Whit Ayres’ comments in the Kansas City Star on the impact of Indiana’s primary on the Republican nominating process:

“If Donald Trump wins Indiana, there will be very little energy or hope left among those who want to back a nominee other than Donald Trump,” said Republican consultant Whit Ayres.

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Slider: 2016 and Beyond

Whit Ayres’s CPAC Presentation

North Star Opinion Research President Whit Ayres appeared at CPAC on Saturday to talk about electoral trends and the future of the Republican Party. Click here to download his presentation.

Dan Judy, August 9

Dan Judy’s comments on Chris Christie in The Hill:

Plenty of people see Christie’s outsized personality and apparent candor as an electoral advantage.

“He is authentic. He is the real deal,” said Dan Judy, a Republican operative with North Star Opinion Research. “He does not come across as the kind of politician who panders.”

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Dan Judy, August 11

Dan Judy’s comments in The Hill on the selection of Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney’s running mate:

Dan Judy, a Republican pollster with North Star Opinion Research said a Ryan choice makes sense because congressional races are showing that Democratic attacks using the Ryan budget only work if the candidate cannot explain the budget effectively.

“Right now it, in swing districts, it is more something that Democrats are using to beat up on Republicans,” Judy said. “Where a candidate is not effective at defending it, it can do some damage.”

“Nobody is better at defending the Ryan budget than Paul Ryan,” he said.

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Pollster of the Year

North Star Opinion Research is AAPC’s Republican Pollster of the Year!

North Star Opinion Research is AAPC’s Republican Pollster of the Year!

We are proud to announce that the American Association of Political Consultants has named North Star Opinion Research its 2012 Republican Pollster of the Year:

Whit and his firm, North Star Opinion Research, founded Resurgent Republic with former RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie. Resurgent Republic conducts polling and focus groups for center-right political candidates and organizations. Through the use of innovative liberal vs. conservative polling strategies, Resurgent Republic yields more insightful results. Resurgent Republic has also been a leader in capturing the opinion of Hispanic voters, with Whit lending a strong voice to the importance of this outreach effort.

North Star Opinion Research, along with The Mellman Group, Alliance for American Manufacturing, The Wessel Group, and Tracy Sefl, also won the award for 2012 Public Affairs Campaign of the Year:

The American Alliance for Manufacturing, a unique industry-labor partnership led by Scott Paul, is working to build support among policy makers for a manufacturing policy that will revive America’s manufacturing sector and make US industry more competitive. Leading with a bi-partisan polling team that included The Mellman Group and North Star Opinion Research and AAM consultants Michael Wessel and Tracy Sefl who scheduled briefings with media, policymakers, Senators, House Members and Hill staff as well as President Obama’s senior staff and GOP Presidential candidates, the spotlight was placed on concrete action to create manufacturing jobs. Policy makers soon adopted a manufacturing jobs agenda. Leadership on both sides of the aisle and in the White House embraced the strategy, producing and passing several pieces of legislation on AAM’s list, targeted at encouraging manufacturing growth and cracking down on unfair trade. The President made manufacturing policy the central theme of his State of the Union address.  Politico credited the team’s research and strategy with being, “the catalyst for the [Congress and the Administration’s] manufacturing agenda.”

Whit Ayres and Dan Judy accept AAPC's awards for Republican Pollster of the Year and Public Affairs Campaign of the Year.

Whit Ayres, February 29

Whit Ayres’ comments in the Washington Times on the state of the Republican presidential primary contest:

GOP pollster Whit Ayres said that, depending on the outcome, Super Tuesday “could effectively end this contest — or extend it for many more weeks.”

One giant unknown is how the race could be reshaped by a foreign crisis, particularly in the face of soaring tensions between Israel and Iran that could lead to a military strike against Tehran’s nuclear programs.

Mr. Paul has put himself squarely in opposition to an attack on Iranian nuclear enrichment plants, while Mr. Romney, Mr. Gingrich and Mr. Santorum have been hawkish to varying degrees on the subject.

“It depends on how candidates handle it,” said Mr. Ayres. “Whoever seems most knowledgeable and reasonable — who seems the best in a foreign policy crisis — will end up benefiting most.”

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