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Mark Blumenthal
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Mark Blumenthal is the senior polling editor of the Huffington Post and the founding editor of

The Huffington Post acquired in July 2010, but HuffPost Pollster’s mission remains the same: To publish and aggregate poll results in uniquely interactive charts and to provide daily running commentary and analysis that explains, demystifies and critiques political polling.

From 2006 to 2010, attracted over 28 millions visits and over 90 million page views. Time named one of the 50 Best Websites for 2009, a list that also included Google, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. was partly an outgrowth of Blumenthal's Mystery Pollster blog, which he started in September 2004.

In May of 2007, along with co-creator Charles Franklin, Blumenthal received the Warren J. Mitofsky Innovators Award for from the American Association for Public Opinion Research. In 2005, the National Council on Public Polls awarded Blumenthal and the MysteryPollster blog a special citation for its work explaining polls to the Internet reader.

From 2008 to 2010, Blumenthal served as polling analyst for The National Journal, were he wrote a weekly column for

Blumenthal worked in the political polling business for more than 20 years, conducting and analyzing political polls and focus groups for Democratic candidates and market research surveys for major corporations. His experience includes work with pollsters Harrison Hickman, Paul Maslin, Kirk Brown, Celinda Lake, Stan Greenberg and 15 years with his former partners David Petts and Anna Bennett in the firm formerly known as Bennett, Petts and Blumenthal (BPB). In January of 2007, he left BPB to devote full time to

His academic background includes a Political Science degree from the University of Michigan and course work towards a Masters degree at the Joint Program in Survey Methodology (JPSM) at the University of Maryland. He has also served as a guest lecturer at the Communications School at American University and at training seminars sponsored by EMILY's List, the Democratic National Committee and the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs. He served as Communications Chair of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) from 2007 to 2008.

Entries by Mark Blumenthal

HUFFPOLLSTER: Ted Cruz Sees Recognition Bump

(0) Comments | Posted March 30, 2015 | 7:53 AM

Ted Cruz gets a bump in recognition after announcing his candidacy. Hillary Clinton's standing among Democrats is higher now than in 2007. And swing state presidential nominees have an advantage, but not a decisive one. This is HuffPollster for Monday, March 30, 2015.


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HUFFPOLLSTER: Americans Are More Ready Than Ever To Elect A Female President

(155) Comments | Posted March 27, 2015 | 7:37 AM

Americans of all parties are more ready for a female president than they were four years ago. In New Hampshire, more Republicans are pro-choice than pro-life. And opinion research on Facebook is daunting, despite its broad reach. This is HuffPollster for Friday, March 27, 2015.


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HUFFPOLLSTER: Obamacare Expands Coverage For Latinos

(7) Comments | Posted March 26, 2015 | 7:55 AM

Obamacare has increased health coverage for Latinos, yet one in four remain uninformed about ACA marketplaces. Ted Cruz falls ideologically in line with Republican voters in key primary states. And a report claims Hillary Clinton will hire 1,000 data geeks. This is HuffPollster for Thursday, March 26, 2015.


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HUFFPOLLSTER: Americans Grow More Positive About The Environment

(21) Comments | Posted March 25, 2015 | 8:08 AM

With the greater focus on climate change, Americans have grown more positive about the overall quality of the environment and less concerned about threats like air and water pollution. Another theory emerges for Israel's polling miss. And polls in the 2014 midterms were about as accurate as usual. This is...

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How Wrong Were 2014 Polls, Really?

(29) Comments | Posted March 24, 2015 | 4:59 PM

The following is an excerpt from a chapter on the state of the polling industry in The Surge: 2014's Big GOP Win and What It Means for the Next Presidential Election, published by Rowman and Littlefield.

Democrats lost big in the 2014 elections, but in the aftermath, polling...

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HUFFPOLLSTER: Cruz Faces An Uphill Primary Battle

(167) Comments | Posted March 24, 2015 | 8:24 AM

Ted Cruz faces an uphill battle given resistance from party elites and an exceptionally extreme ideology. Americans are opposed to changes to Medicare and Medicaid that Republicans want to make. And a survey -- hopefully conducted in the evening -- confirms most Americans aren't morning people. This is HuffPollster for...

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HUFFPOLLSTER: Ted Cruz Starts Far Behind In Polls

(100) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 8:12 AM

Ted Cruz starts with weaker poll numbers than any presidential nominee since the 90s. And 'fracking' divides Americans. The email controversy made for more coverage of Hillary Clinton, much of it negative, but perceptions of her remain mostly the same. This is HuffPollster for Monday, March 23, 2015.


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HUFFPOLLSTER: Model Forecasts 'Dead Heat' In UK Elections

(2) Comments | Posted March 20, 2015 | 9:05 AM

We're teaming up with four academics to forecast the U.K. elections. Americans want an overhaul of the tax system. And sometimes a what-if map makes everyone crazy. This is HuffPollster for Friday, March 20, 2015.

U.K. ELECTION FORECASTS - The Huffington Post has joined forces with a team of academics...

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HUFFPOLLSTER: Poll Shows Uptick In Obamacare Favorable Rating

(180) Comments | Posted March 19, 2015 | 8:17 AM

The Kaiser Family Foundation finds an uptick in favorable impressions of the ACA. Pollsters begin to explain what they think went wrong in Israel. And Americans grow more concerned about domestic terrorism. This is HuffPollster for Thursday, March 19, 2015.

VIEWS OF OBAMACARE CHANGING? - Kaiser Family Foundation on their...

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HUFFPOLLSTER: Where Israel's Polls Missed

(79) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 9:30 AM

Israel's pre-election polls miss the mark. Americans continue to be more sympathetic and supportive to Israel. And back in the U.S. another poll shows Hillary Clinton leading in the primary and general elections. This is HuffPollster for Wednesday, March 18, 2015.

Despite 14 polls conducted during the final...

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HUFFPOLLSTER: Democrats and Republicans Agree On Iran Nuclear Negotiations

(2) Comments | Posted March 17, 2015 | 8:12 AM

A majority of Democrats and Republicans support nuclear negotiations with Iran. Trust drops for Clinton. And Americans are split over concern of government surveillance in a post Snowden era. This is HuffPollster for Tuesday, March 17, 2015.

AMERICANS BACK IRAN NUCLEAR NEGOTIATIONS - Jennifer Agiesta: "Americans broadly back direct negotiations...

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HUFFPOLLSTER: What The Polls Predict For Israel's Election

(91) Comments | Posted March 16, 2015 | 9:23 AM

As poll-watching eyes turn to the Israeli elections, the uncertainty of coalition math makes it difficult to predict the ultimate winner. First reactions to Clinton's email controversy are as polarizing as you might expect. And some wonder if the Congressional approval rating is too low to be measured. This is...

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HUFFPOLLSTER: Clinton Favorability Still Highest Among Candidates

(55) Comments | Posted March 13, 2015 | 8:11 AM

Despite some erosion, Hillary Clinton's favorable rating still bests those of the other 2016 contenders. Polls show challenges for Jeb Bush but may not hold back endorsements. And positive feelings about vaccinations are on the rise. This is HuffPollster for Friday, March 13, 2015.


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HUFFPOLLSTER: Views Of Government Just Get Worse

(25) Comments | Posted March 12, 2015 | 8:08 AM

Americans' confidence in their government falls. Life has gotten more challenging for the middle class. And the fundamentals point to another close presidential election in 2016. This is HuffPollster for Thursday, March 12, 2015.

AMERICAN CONFIDENCE IN ALL GOVERNMENT NEAR RECORD LOWS - Emily Swanson: "Americans' confidence in all three...

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HUFPPOLLSTER: Clinton Email Controversy Spurs Negative Facebook Chatter

(47) Comments | Posted March 11, 2015 | 9:31 AM

The Clinton email controversy leads to more interaction and a more negative tone about her on Facebook, but are attitudes changing? Democrats sour on Netanyahu following his speech to Congress. And Americans prefer local government to Washington. This is HuffPollster for Wednesday, March 11, 2015.


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HUFFPOLLSTER: Jeb Bush Faces GOP Resistance

(25) Comments | Posted March 10, 2015 | 8:42 AM

Americans want change more in 2016 than they did in 2008, but they're not sure they'll get it. Jeb Bush meets with resistance from the GOP. And the Clinton emails bother Republicans more than Democrats. This is HuffPollster for Tuesday, March 10, 2015.


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HUFFPOLLSTER: Here's What Voters Think Should Happen To Brian Williams

(46) Comments | Posted March 9, 2015 | 8:46 AM

More voters than not want Brian Williams back at NBC News. Republicans divide over Jeb Bush. And there is more than one way to assess Scott Walker's electability. This is HuffPollster for Monday, March 9, 2015.


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HUFFPOLLSTER: Growing Support For Same Sex Marriage Among 'Fastest Ever Measured'

(46) Comments | Posted March 6, 2015 | 7:32 AM

A venerable academic survey confirms the dramatic rise in support for same-sex marriage. Reports of Scott Walker's electability may be overstated. And Americans support pay equity, but is it a voting issue? This is HuffPollster for Friday, March 6, 2015.


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HUFPOLLSTER: FTC Hits Back Against Illegal Scam Survey Calls

(2) Comments | Posted March 5, 2015 | 7:43 AM

An illegal cruise pitch served up under the guise of an automated poll draws a half-million dollar settlement. Scott Walker and Jeb Bush lead as the presidential nominees for the Republican party. And most see the government helping only banks, big corporations and the wealthy since the recession. This is...

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HUFPOLLSTER: Americans Want Obamacare Subsidies Protected

(14) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 7:19 AM

Americans want Congress to act to restore ACA subsidies if the Supreme Court axes them. Another poll finds support for ground troops to fight ISIS. And a rebound in gas prices puts a damper on rising economic confidence. This is HuffPollster for Wednesday, March 4, 2015.


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