04/29/2009 11:48 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

What is Resurgent Republic?

A few more details on the new national poll we just posted from a name you have not heard before. Resurgent Republic is the name of a new conservative organization, headed by Republican pollster Whit Ayres (of Ayres, McHenry & Associates) and former Republican party chair Ed Gillespie. It is explicitly modeled on Democracy Corps, the group led by Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg. From their "about" page:

Resurgent Republic is a 501(c)(4) organization dedicated to shaping the debate over the proper role of government. It is an independent, not-for-profit organization modeled on Democracy Corps, which has made important contributions to the public debate from the left and has proven to be a valuable resource for labor unions, environmentalists, and liberal Congressional leaders.

Resurgent Republic seeks to replicate on the right the success Democracy Corps has enjoyed on the left. As does Democracy Corps, Resurgent Republic will make survey and focus group results publicly available.

Resurgent Republics advisory board also includes a who's who of respected Republican campaign pollsters: Glen Bolger, Linda DiVall, Ed Goeas, John McLaughlin and Jan Van Lohuizen.

Keep in mind that Resurgent Republic, like Democracy Corps, aims primarily to "shape the debate" in Washington. So while the pollsters involved have reputations for providing their clients with accurate data, and while both Ayres and Greenberg are also very good about releasing complete, filled-in questionnaires for every survey (allowing us to see full text, question order and results from demographic items), we should keep in mind that they make choices about what questions to include in public surveys and or what results to highlight in public memoranda are shaped by the goal of influencing opinion leaders. As with any sponsored research, take it with a grain of salt.