Whit Ayres and a panel of political experts recap the 2012 Election results.
Ron Brownstein, Editorial Director, National Journal
Stan Greenberg, Chairman and CEO, Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research
Whit Ayres, President, North Star Opinion Research
Matt Barreto, Founding Principal, Latino Decisions
Whit Ayres is the president of North Star Opinion Research, chairman of the American Association of Political Consultants, and co-founder of Resurgent Republic. He was honored as the Republican Pollster of the Year for 2012 by the American Association of Political Consultants. In addition to periodically appearing as a guest on FOX News, CNN, and NPR, his comments and analysis appear
in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and numerous regional newspapers.
Before establishing North Star Opinion Research, Dr. Ayres served as senior executive assistant for budget and policy to South Carolina Governor Carroll Campbell. He has also served as a tenured member of the political science faculty at the University of South Carolina.
Dr. Ayres earned a B.A. from Davidson College, as well as an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. An active private pilot, he is a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. He is the Virginia State Racquetball champion in his undisclosed age division.
Matthew Barreto is an associate professor of political science at the University of Washington in Seattle, and the director of the Washington Institute for the Study of Ethnicity and Race. He is also a founding principal of Latino Decisions.
Dr. Barreto’s research has been published in the American Political Science Review and other peerreviewed
academic journals, and he is the author of Ethnic Clues: The Role of Shared Ethnicity in Latino Political Behavior. In 2008, he was a co-principal investigator of the American National Election Study Latino oversample, which included the first ever-Spanish language translation of the ANES and the first ever oversample of Latino voters. He earned his B.S. from Eastern New Mexico University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Irvine.
Ronald Brownstein is political director of the Atlantic Media Company and National Journal Group’s editorial director, in charge of long-term editorial strategy. He also writes a weekly column and regularly contributes other pieces for both National Journal and The Atlantic, and he coordinates political coverage and activities across publications produced by Atlantic Media. Brownstein was twice named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the 1996 and 2004 presidential campaigns. In addition, he is the recipient of several journalism awards, including the Exceptional Merit in Media Award from the National Women’s Political Caucus, the Excellence in Media Award from the National Council on Public Polls in 2005, and the Journalist of the Year Award from the Los Angeles Press Club in 2005. In 2007, the American Political Science Association presented him its Carey McWilliams Award for lifetime achievement.
Dr. Stan Greenberg
Stan Greenberg has served as polling advisor to presidents and prime ministers, CEOs, and dozens of campaigns in the U.S. and around the world. His political clients have included President Bill Clinton, Vice President Al Gore, British Prime Minister Tony Blair, and South Africa President Nelson
Mandela, and his corporate clients include Boeing, Microsoft, and other global companies. He also conducts the bi-partisan polls for NPR, The Los Angeles Times, and the Bipartisan Policy Center.
Dr. Greenberg was inducted into the American Association of Political Consultants’ Hall of Fame, and has been described as “the father of modern polling techniques.” He is the author of The Two Americas and Middle Class Dreams, which put the spotlight on “Reagan Democrats.” Those insights made him the principal polling advisor to the Democratic Leadership Council during the formative years of change for the Democratic Party between 1988 and 1994.
Dr. Greenberg founded his research firm in 1980 after a decade of teaching at Yale University where he received a Guggenheim Fellowship. He was educated at Miami University and Harvard University, where he earned his Ph.D.
Whit Ayres, president of North Star Opinion Research, declares that Republican need to reset their platform to the Ronald Reagan mindset of welcoming any voter who shares conservative values, irrespective of race and color.