April 1, 2019 Press Releases and Announcements

Georgetown’s Institute of Politics and Public Service, The Tarrance Group, and Lake Research Partners Relaunch the “Battleground Poll”


by GU Politics

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Georgetown’s Institute of Politics and Public Service, The Tarrance Group, and Lake Research Partners Relaunch the “Battleground Poll”
National Survey Will Measure Political Opinion and Civility

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Institute of Politics and Public Service (GU Politics) at Georgetown’s McCourt School of Public Policy will be the new home of the nationally recognized “Battleground Poll.”

A national bipartisan survey of registered voters in the United States, the Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service Battleground Poll is a reliable tool for measuring voter sentiment and opinion. The poll is conducted by Republican pollster Ed Goeas of The Tarrance Group and Democratic pollster Celinda Lake of Lake Research Partners.

“We are excited for the new Battleground Poll partnership with Georgetown’s Institute of Politics and Public Service. The Battleground Poll has been a cutting edge, reliable bellwether of national opinion for decades and our partnership with Georgetown will allow us to continue that conversation with their premier Institute of Politics,” said Ed Goeas of The Tarrance Group. “As a fellow at Georgetown, I found a perfect environment for a discussion on civility in our politics today and this partnership will allow this important dialogue to continue and grow as we bring the Battleground Poll to the next level.”

In addition to traditional polling questions related to U.S. electoral politics and voter attitudes, the new Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service Battleground Poll will also gauge voter opinion on the state of civility in our national political conversation.

“Our politics have always been edgy, but these days it seems more visceral and mean. The Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service Battleground Poll will try to determine why,” said Mo Elleithee, founding executive director of GU Politics. “We’re hoping to get a better sense of what voters think about civility at a time when our politics seems so tribal, and who they hold responsible for driving the tone – our politicians, the media, or even voters themselves.”

Between now and the 2020 presidential election, the Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service Battleground Poll will track sentiment in two phases: the first poll giving insights into political opinion, and the second giving insights into political civility. The first poll in the series will be released on April 9, 2019.

The poll will continue to offer unique insights and analysis from Ed Goeas and Celinda Lake, two top pollsters from differing sides of the aisle. Followers of the poll will also have the opportunity to attend events and witness exclusive focus groups of Georgetown University students from across the country.

“Our politics today are changing every day and it’s important the Battleground Poll has its finger on the pulse,” said Celinda Lake of Lake Research Partners. “We look forward to working with GU Politics and bringing the conversation to voters who are signaling we must discuss civility. But what does that mean and what does it look like as we head into the 2020 presidential election? We are excited to get to the bottom of this and keep reporting on changing core dynamics in the electorate with our new partnership.”

ABOUT THE GEORGETOWN INSTITUTE OF POLITICS AND PUBLIC SERVICE BATTLEGROUND POLL:
The Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service Battleground Poll is a national bipartisan survey measuring political opinion and civility among registered voters in the United States. Produced by Republican strategist Ed Goeas of The Tarrance Group and Democratic strategist Celinda Lake of Lake Research Partners, this polling series offers unique polling analysis and insights from two top pollsters from different sides of the aisle.

Initiated in June 1991, the Battleground Polls have gained widespread media recognition as reliable bellwethers of national opinion and voters’ intentions. The Battleground data projected the outcome of the 1992, 1996, and 2004 presidential race more precisely than any other similar effort in the country, including those of the major TV networks and national newspapers. In addition, Battleground Polls have consistently been major predictors of what is going to happen in approaching Congressional elections.

ABOUT THE INSTITUTE OF POLITICS AND PUBLIC SERVICE:
The Institute of Politics and Public Service (GU Politics) connects and empowers students and the community in an effort to improve and reimagine politics and public service and reaffirm its promise. Founded as part of Georgetown’s McCourt School of Public Policy in the fall of 2015, GU Politics programming is open to the entire University community.

ABOUT THE MCCOURT SCHOOL OF PUBLIC POLICY
The Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy is a top-ranked public policy school located in the center of the policy world in Washington, D.C. Our mission is to teach our students to design, analyze, and implement smart policies and put them into practice in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, in the U.S. and around the world.

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