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By Margaret Havemann, John Moreira, and Brian Paler.

 

This article originally appeared in the Diplomatic Courier.

 

Although the daily news from Iraq often continues to be grim – including frequent suicide bombings and street attacks – a new poll carried out by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner on behalf of the National Democratic Institute (NDI) shows a surprising improvement in the national mood. NDI’s statement on the poll is here.

 

The poll shows a dramatic 10-point rise since last year in the share of Iraqis who see their country heading in the right direction – now up to 41 percent. Despite continuing problems of violence and political instability, the public’s more upbeat mood reflects improvement on issues that directly touch their lives: basic services such as electricity and water supply; education; cost of living; and job opportunities. These improvements are likely to pay dividends for Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and his coalition, State of Law, in the April 30 parliamentary elections. Votes are currently being counted.

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Greenberg Quinlan Rosner is proud to announce that Anna Greenberg has been given the award for Campaign Excellence from the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC), the industry’s highest honor bestowed upon political consultants at the national and international level. She was recognized as the Democratic Pollster of the Year for her work for Mayor Bill de Blasio’s mayoral campaign in 2013.

 

New Poll for NPR says, be careful accepting conventional wisdom on The Affordable Care Act and 2014 being a Republican year

A new national poll of likely voters fielded by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner and designed by Democracy Corps and Resurgent Republic for National Public Radio shows the national congressional vote effectively tied, with Democrats ahead by 1 point, 44 percentto 43percent, among the 2014 likely electorate. In its analysis, Democracy Corps urges the political class to re-examine its assumptions about The Affordable Care Act and about this being a Republican year.

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On Thursday, the Human Rights Campaign and Americans for Marriage Equality released the results of a bipartisan study of likely 2016 voters conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research and TargetPoint Consulting. The study revealed that as support for marriage equality continues to grow, voters’ attitudes toward the LGBT community and the implications of marriage equality have also shifted. Key findings include:

 

  • As is the case with most public polling, support for marriage equality lands at a majority, but this survey probes much deeper, exploring which groups have evolved, voters’ assumptions around marriage equality, and what voters believe a country where marriage equality is legal would look like.
  • There has been a huge shift toward social equality, with favorability ratings for “gay and lesbian” people increasing and the number of people who know a gay or lesbian person reaching 75 percent. Even in football, the crucible of American culture, voters judge a player by his ability, not his orientation.
  • A 55 percent majority supports marriage equality. While young people are at the vanguard of change, this survey also shows increased support among older voters, Catholics, non-college educated voters, and Republicans.
  • Rather than uniform opposition, marriage equality now splits the right, with younger conservatives disagreeing with older conservatives.
  • Pro-marriage equality forces are winning the fight over kids, culture, and even faith, the issues that have traditionally inhibited support for marriage equality.
  • But the most important findings in this survey are some of the assumptions voters draw about what the country would look like if gay marriage were legal in 50 states. Nearly 8 in 10 voters believe there would be less discrimination, it would be easier to grow up gay, and same-sex families would have more protection. In other words, this is not just about legal definitions of marriage. This is about equality.

 

Click here to view a presentation of the survey’s findings.

 

 

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By Graeme Trayner

 

Being a political leader in a democracy is an inherently tenuous role – elections are won or lost, mandates secured or whittled away. In business, leadership has required an ongoing effort to maintain support; but in recent decades, CEOs have started to experience a similar level of volatility that their political counterparts have long faced. Between 2000 and 2010, the average tenure of a Fortune 500 CEO fell from 9.5 years to 3.5 years – a period of time almost mirroring a single American presidential term. In 2011, nearly 15% of the world’s top CEOs left their jobs, with the turnover rate being highest among the 250 largest companies.

 

These trends need to be located within the wider context of the politicization of business, which means many companies are now often under the same harsh and unforgiving lens as political candidates. Brands are now public property, with assertive consumers feeling entitled to deem what businesses can and cannot do. As debates over executive remuneration and corporate taxes show, it’s not enough for something to be simply legal or commercially correct: it must also be judged as moral and fair.