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Margie Omero
Margie Omero is the EVP of Public Affairs at PSB Research. She has two decades of experience in polling, with clients including Democratic candidates, party committees, non-profits, and major corporations. She appears regularly on television and in print, was named one of "50 Politicos to Watch" by The Politico, and is the co-host of the top-rated podcast The Pollsters.

Entries by Margie Omero

Does The VP Pick Even Matter?

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2016 | 3:55 PM

Is it Pence? Is it a Gingrich? Is it a real pirate or a pretend pirate? Are the stormy GOP waters calm now by the soothing presence of a not particularly well-known office-holder? How would've Trump's General matched up against Clinton's Admiral? Would doubling-down on Trump (by picking Ivanka) be...

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Voters, Like SCOTUS, Have Decided On Abortion

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2016 | 7:42 AM

We may think of abortion as one of our perennial "controversial" issues, but perhaps it's not so controversial at all. This week the Supreme Court's Texas decision showed us even a divided bench, short a person, can still reaffirm that a woman's basic right to choose an abortion...

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A Partisan Culture, Not a Gun Culture

(11) Comments | Posted January 12, 2016 | 1:55 PM

Last week President Obama took modest, but politically courageous, executive actions on guns. Despite the well-established popularity of strengthening background checks, the move was panned by the Republican Speaker and most Republican Presidential candidates. But there is far more to the contentious debate on guns than simply a...

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My Bias Against Measuring Bias

(0) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 11:56 AM

The latest Washington Post/ABC News poll shows Hillary Clinton solidly besting her potential Republican opponents. It even suggests by two-to-one, she benefits from her status as the potential first woman President (although far more say it makes no difference). But can we trust voters' own perceptions of their...

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Brittany Maynard: A Tragedy, But Not a Controversy

(6) Comments | Posted October 31, 2014 | 2:11 PM

Brittany Maynard's brave advocacy during what may be her final days has captivated the country. Maynard, 29, a newlywed, and terminally ill, moved with her family to Oregon to access the state's death-with-dignity law. Commentators call her decision "controversial." In fact, public opinion has been consistent for years:...

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Breaking: GOP Has a Woman Problem! But Does It Matter?

(1) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 2:36 PM

Politico reports today on a GOP-sponsored research project of women, the results of which will shock no one. Women are not just more unfavorable toward the GOP, they find the Republican Party "intolerant," "lacking in compassion," and "stuck in the past." But is this enough to boost Democratic...

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What Women Think They Know About Gun Laws (And How They're Wrong)

(1) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 3:23 PM

It may be surprising to learn that many convicted domestic abusers are currently allowed to legally buy guns. Federal law prevents abusive spouses and co-parents from legally having guns. But convicted abusers of dating partners, those facing restraining orders, or convicted stalkers can currently pass a...

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What You Think You Know About The Midterms Is Wrong

(7) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 3:40 PM

Everyone from the President on down seems concerned about how the midterm electorate's composition hurts Democrats. Some predict fewer younger voters turning out. Others point the finger at minorities. Still others say women voters' lagging turnout will hurt Democrats. Then of course...

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The Finger-Pointing Caucus: Rich Congress, Poor Americans

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 11:09 AM

Predictably, recent celebrations of the anniversary of the War on Poverty, votes to extend unemployment insurance, discussions of a minimum wage hike, and deliberation over cuts to SNAP (food stamps) have all fallen along familiar partisan fault lines. But voters' worries about--and personal experiences with--poverty and income inequality are more...

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Hungry For Leadership On SNAP

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2013 | 9:40 AM

While Congress has been making drastic cuts to food assistance, more Americans are hungry, and more are enrolling in SNAP (formerly known as food stamps). Recently Gallup released a poll showing a fifth of Americans struggling to afford food, about as many as during the depths of our...

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What Do White Voters Want (On Immigration)?

(40) Comments | Posted July 16, 2013 | 9:19 AM

To listen to Republicans and Republican-watchers talk about immigration, one would think the debate is about balancing Latinos and whites in a zero sum game of electoral politics. Work too closely with the president and risk a primary challenge in Republicans' increasingly white Congressional Districts. Kill the legislation and risk...

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Breadwinner Moms and Gaffe-Prone Men

(31) Comments | Posted June 6, 2013 | 3:44 PM

Views toward women are back in the news. Pew continues to document major changes in family life with their recent groundbreaking study of "Breadwinner Moms." About 40 percent of households with children include a breadwinner mom -- either a single mom who runs the household or a married...

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The Myth of a Gun "Intensity Gap"

(8) Comments | Posted April 24, 2013 | 1:23 PM

In the wake of the failure of the Senate to pass even a modest background check bill, many around the country are still scratching their heads. How could Senators ignore a "90% issue"? Many assume the answer lies in one of two places.

First, the supposed strength of the...

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Politicians, Not the Public, Have Moved on Guns

(18) Comments | Posted April 3, 2013 | 3:28 AM

Much has been made of a recent CBS poll showing declining support for "stricter gun control laws." But as argued in a new report for Center for American Progress (written by myself, an all-star bipartisan team of pollsters, and CAP Senior Fellow Arkadi Gerney), a survey...

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Ladies: All Hands On Deck

(50) Comments | Posted March 8, 2013 | 12:10 PM

In the latest "Mommy War" skirmish, two tech titans have awakened that other giant: the Ladyblogs. But like so many previous battles, Sandberg-Mayer vs. the girl gang is just a distraction from the real struggle over workplace equality desperate for reinforcements. (For more on the backlash, and the backlash against...

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Raise Your Hand If You Like Public Preschool

(49) Comments | Posted February 22, 2013 | 2:14 PM

The post-State of the Union preschool debate and the anniversary of the Feminine Mystique make this a good time to examine views on the "women's issues" Stephanie Coontz so eloquently described as human rights issues. Turns out there is more consensus than division.

Most Americans feel women should...

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Stronger Gun Laws: The Next Women's Issue?

(21) Comments | Posted January 23, 2013 | 1:21 PM

Close followers of my blog posts (hi Mom!) know I've written extensively about how support for stronger gun laws is actually less controversial than the press reports might lead you to believe. And crosstabs suggest something driving the dissension that does exist: a gender gap that transcends party...

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The NRA Stands Alone

(87) Comments | Posted January 11, 2013 | 1:41 PM

At the NRA website you can learn about how "the media continually misfires." Get it? Well, America is no longer chuckling at its tone-deafness. Both Gallup and PPP have shown the NRA's favorability declining post-Newtown. And even gun owners are distancing themselves from the group. By refusing to...

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How Gallup Is Wrong on Guns

(18) Comments | Posted December 19, 2012 | 3:47 PM

Post-Newtown, Gallup has been releasing a steady stream of polling and analysis on guns. But their results leave me with more questions than answers.

In this poll released today, Gallup tests six different measures, asking respondents how effective each would be in "preventing mass shootings at schools,...

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This Is the Moment for Stronger Gun Laws: Voters Are Ready

(6) Comments | Posted December 17, 2012 | 1:43 PM

In the wake of the horror at Sandy Hook Elementary School, commentators are wondering if there is public support for stronger gun laws. But polling shows voters are ready. Several patterns emerge from our ongoing bipartisan work for Mayors Against Illegal Guns, along with other public...

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