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Jill Hanauer
Project New America President Jill Hanauer has over 25 years of political experience. She has worked for United States Senators Gary Hart, Tom Harkin, and Barbara Boxer, and the Democratic National Committee under Chairmen Paul Kirk and Ron Brown. Jill was the national PAC director of NARAL and vice president of the Center for National Policy. She co-founded The Interfaith Alliance and served as its executive director for five years. Based in Denver, Colorado, Project New America is a private company that provides the most cutting edge tools to understand and communicate with a rapidly changing America. Through their unique model, PNA develops, conducts, aggregates, and disseminates research, messaging, and on-going strategic guidance with the nation’s leading progressive stakeholders.

Entries by Jill Hanauer

2014: Millions More Millennials

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 3:24 PM

Over the past week, there has been a lot of coverage repeating the familiar narrative that young people don't vote in mid-term elections.

However, voter registration numbers tell a different story.

On election night, the national media exit polls will estimate youth turnout. We anticipate these estimates will...

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Why Are So Many Polls Getting Colorado Wrong?

(5) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 6:12 PM

All signs point to a close race for U.S. Senate between incumbent Democrat Mark Udall and Republican Congressman Cory Gardner. Only the national broadcast preemption during Sunday night's Broncos game could keep political ads off the air for a few hours in the country's most saturated media market....

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The Right's Millennial Dilemma in 2014 and Beyond

(5) Comments | Posted May 20, 2014 | 5:30 PM

Co-authored by Paul Harstad and Michael Kulisheck of Harstad Strategic Research and Alexandra Acker-Lyons of the Youth Engagement Fund.

Every generation experiences fundamental shifts, culturally, politically and socially from its predecessors. But we believe the Millennial generation (18-31 year-olds for the purposes of this post) has been especially marked by...

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Marco Rubio's Choice: The Face of the New GOP or the Agenda of the Past

(7) Comments | Posted February 25, 2013 | 10:16 AM

When Senator Marco Rubio was selected to give the GOP rebuttal to President Obama's State of the Union address, he was hailed as "The young and Hispanic face of the GOP"; many conservatives believed they had found a new leader who could rebrand their tarnished image. But this...

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How Technology Changed Public Opinion Research in 2012

(1) Comments | Posted December 3, 2012 | 9:02 AM

Among the many takeaways from the 2012 election cycle is that public opinion research must evolve with the American electorate. As more Americans use the Internet and mobile devices as part of their daily lives, harnessing these technologies is increasingly among the best ways to get an accurate read on...

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Etch-a-Sketch as a Long-term Liability

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2012 | 2:28 PM

Mitt Romney may have come out of last Wednesday's debate a short-term winner, but did little to solve his biggest long-term challenge in this election: his inability to convince voters they can trust him.

Romney is being credited with the win following a debate in which he benefitted from an...

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Romney's Latino Problem: Not Resolved by Hispanic VP

(9) Comments | Posted April 23, 2012 | 5:24 PM

There's an unfortunate tendency in politics today to make assumptions about the Hispanic community as a monolithic bloc that can be won by nominating Latino candidates or having Latino leaders, elected or otherwise, endorse Anglo candidates for office. A new poll Project New America (PNA) conducted with Public Policy Polling...

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Beyond the Enthusiasm Gap: What the Caucuses Tells Us About the Political Environment in Colorado

(12) Comments | Posted February 10, 2012 | 4:53 PM

In the wake of Tuesday night's surprising Colorado caucus results, many are wondering whether frigid temperatures should be blamed for a lower-than-expected turnout. However, taking a look at the numbers behind Rick Santorum's victory in Colorado, it becomes clear that the results actually reflect moderate Republican voters cooling on the...

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Winning the Conservative Battle, Losing the West: Mitt's Quandary

(2) Comments | Posted January 9, 2012 | 1:49 PM

Despite eeking out the narrowest of victories in Iowa last week, GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney still appears unable to rally the Republican electorate behind him. Polls continue to show the former Massachusetts governor garnering about a quarter of the vote nationally, while his more conservative rivals...

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Is Newt Gingrich Really Better Than Mitt Romney Among Hispanic Voters?

(12) Comments | Posted December 9, 2011 | 2:05 PM

Newt Gingrich's recent rise in the polls has been accompanied by a lot of chatter about the implications of his potential nomination on the general election.

Gingrich's slightly more reasonable stance on immigration (which would spare law-abiding immigrants who have been in the country for 20 years from deportation, but...

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Lessons From Mississippi

(1) Comments | Posted November 12, 2011 | 4:38 PM

Advocates for a common-sense approach to reproductive health policy are rightfully taking pride in the defeat of the Personhood amendment in Mississippi this week. As we celebrate the defeat of this extremist legislation, it's important to remember the lessons of Mississippi going forward: that Personhood lost -- in large part...

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Romney Repeating Ken Buck's Errors on Personhood

(11) Comments | Posted November 4, 2011 | 10:07 AM

As Mississippi Republicans back away from the controversial personhood ballot initiative that would restrict reproductive rights in the state, Project New West's polling shows GOP presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney's position on this national issue looks increasingly out-of-touch with a majority of voters.

The Mississippi personhood initiative, which has been overwhelmingly...

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There's Nothing "Western" About Being Extreme

(11) Comments | Posted August 3, 2011 | 5:43 PM

Last November, while the right wing of the Republican party celebrated decisive electoral victories throughout the country, ultra-conservatives in Western battleground states were left to ponder a more mixed result. While Republicans secured important victories in the Nevada and New Mexico gubernatorial races, they also failed to capture either house...

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What Colorado Voters Want (and Don't Want)

(7) Comments | Posted January 12, 2011 | 2:47 PM

Every January after an election, politicians of all stripes make speeches claiming to know exactly what is on the mind of voters. The Congress and Colorado legislature should look beyond their own election results to understand what voters want, and more importantly, what they don't want.

Take a look...

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Reid, Bennet, and Hickenlooper: A Western Story Worth Tellin'

(39) Comments | Posted November 3, 2010 | 9:58 PM

Not that long ago, it would have been almost unthinkable that the West would be the firewall for Democratic control of the Senate this election. The influence of this region in American politics will continue to grow as we look forward to 2012 and beyond due to a variety of...

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