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William (Bill) McInturff
A Republican push polling specialist who worked for Bob Dole and for Karl Rove (acting for Big Tobacco) in Texas.
Bill McInturff is the Director of Public Opinion Strategies and a prominent Republican pollster. He works closely with Peter D. Hart, the lead pollster for the NBC News/Wall Street Journal polling series.
He was the lead pollster for John McCain in his 2008 bid for the presidency, and he has built Public Opinion Strategies into the largest Republican polling operation in the country — representing (in 2009) 19 Senators and over 50 Congressmen.
He is in the thick of Republican dirty-tricks, and his work includes push-polling with Karl Rove and George Bush in Texas and conducting the tests for the notorious Harry and Louise commercials that were run against the Clinton health-care plan of 1993.
|Public Opinion Strategies puff piece|
Bill McInturff is a partner and co-founder of Public Opinion Strategies, a national political and public affairs survey research firm. Since its founding in 1991, the firm has completed more than 5 million interviews with voters and consumers in all fifty states and over a dozen foreign countries, and conducted more than 3,500 focus groups. Called by The New York Times, "the leading Republican polling company," Public Opinion Strategies currently represents nineteen U.S. Senators, seven governors, and over 40 Members of Congress.
Bill is actively engaged in American politics, conducting national survey research on behalf of the Republican Governors Association. Most recently, Bill served as the lead pollster for John McCain 2008. Bill, along with Peter Hart of Peter D. Hart Research Associates also conducts The NBC News/The Wall Street Journal Poll.
Much of his work has been devoted to what he describes as "combat message development," not simply monitoring public opinion, but developing messages to defend and promote client interests on complex public policy issues. Bill has conducted groundbreaking research on Medicare reform, creating Social Security private retirement accounts, juvenile justice reform, genetic testing, school choice, tort reform, health care policy, and a host of other policy issues.
The focus of much of Bill's work has been health care, having completed more than 350 focus groups and more than 80 national surveys on this topic alone. Bill's health care clients include the American Hospital Association, the Association of American Medical Colleges, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, America's Health Insurance Plans, the Kaiser Family Foundation, Pfizer, Inc., and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation His work on behalf of Health Insurance Association of America included conducting the message and advertising testing for their series of 'Harry and Louise' television commercials, called by Advertising Age "among the best conceived and executed public affairs advertising programs in history."
His prior experiences include 'hands on' campaign management experience at the local, congressional, and the presidential level. He also held senior positions with the Republican national party committees prior to entering the field of survey research.
Bill is a frequently quoted source on the topic of American politics. He has appeared on Meet the Press, Face the Nation, and is frequently quoted in a variety of national news magazines and major newspapers.
Bill lives in Alexandria with his two sons, and coaches baseball
Bill McInturff is the CEO of Public Opinion Strategies. He is also a close associate of Peter D Hart of PDH Research Associates
1996: May/June Mother Jones article says that he:
- Ran the push polling for Bush-Rove-Tobacco in Texas
- Chief pollster for Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole
- He was fired by Dole in Feb 1996 because he failed to predict Dole's loss in the primary to Steve Forbes
[Att-Gen Morales] discovered it was actually a"push-poll ; designed not to gauge public opinion but sway it. The poll's telemarketing script began with basic, unobtrusive political questions — then quickly zeroed in on Morales. "Elected officials are held to high standards in public life," the script read. "Here are some reasons people are giving to vote agairist Dan Morales." Among the reasons : Morales was "pro-affirmative action"; he "supports gun control"; and his 1994 campaign contributed money to Louis Farrakhatis Nation of Islam. (Morales' staffers had purchased two tickets to a dinner thrown by a local chapter of the Nation of Islam.)
Those polled were also told that Morales' proposed lawsuit [against tobacco over Medicaid] could cost thousands of jobs, prevent the attorney general from fighting crime, and reward only a few wealthy personal injury lawyers. Finally — the spin complete — those polled were asked what they thought of the suit. lt's hardly surprising that they overwhelmingly opposed it.
Despite its bias, the poll served its purpose : to deliver a not-so-veiled threat that, on a moment's notice, the tobacco companies could make many more such calls throughout Texas and, through strategies such as push-polling, mobilize an untold number of voters against the suit — and against Morales.
Still, Morales proceeded with the suit. And the man who runs the-polling firm, William Mclnturff, went back to his day job-as chief pollster for Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole.