San Francisco Chronicle – July 15, 2018
California Dems trying to flip the House aren’t running on abortion rights
Democrats “shouldn’t shy away” from the abortion issue, said John Whaley, a senior research director with the Goodwin Simon Strategic Research firm, which polls mainly for Democratic candidates and causes.
“There are ways to talk about abortion and other reproductive health issues that really resonate for people in the middle,” Whaley said. He said Democrats can cast abortion rights as part of a larger economic narrative, pointing out that abortion restrictions in other states tend to affect poor women more than others.
In California, where there is greater protection for abortion access than in many other states, Whaley said polling shows there is more agreement on the issue than people realize.
“You don’t have to make it a red-meat issue here,” he said.
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Politico Morning Defense – July 3, 2018
Engaged Voters Strongly Support Diplomacy with Pyongyang
Engaged U.S. voters strongly support diplomacy with North Korea, according to a confidential polling memo provided to POLITICO.
The memo, drafted by Goodwin Simon Strategic Research, detailed findings from a nationwide focus group conducted immediately after President Donald Trump’s June summit with Kim Jong Un.
Among its findings, most participants have more confidence in using diplomatic negotiations, rather than military force, to resolve the situation with North Korea. [ Full Article ]
ABA Journal – June 21, 2018
Educating the community about judicial independence can help preserve it
The Piper Fund contracted Goodwin Simon Strategic Research to identify effective messages promoting judicial independence, with specific emphasis on state supreme courts. Focus groups consisting of people from four states, who were not members of the legal community, met for four days to discuss judicial independence… [ Full Article ]
Medium – December 10, 2017
Hope Not Fear: A New Model for Communicating Human Rights
Genius communicators Robert Perez and Amy Simon have written in detail about applying neuroscience to cause campaigns. They talk about getting people away from the “downstairs brain” — the primordial ‘fight or flight’ instincts — and into the “upstairs brain” where they can feel empathy for others… [ Full Article ]
The Wall Street Transcript – January 16, 2017
New Poll: Oroville Voters Overwhelmingly Opposed to Proposed Eminent Domain Takeover of Local Water Company
Voters in Oroville are overwhelmingly opposed to a proposal to use eminent domain to take over the local water company, California Water Service (Cal Water), according to a new citywide public opinion survey conducted by Goodwin Simon Research and released today by Cal Water… [ Full Article ]
Santa Monica Lookout – March 3, 2016
Bi-Annual Survey To Query Residents on Travel Modes
The City wants to know how you get around town. Santa Monica officials hope to get a better picture of what modes of transportation residents use to get about the City, and will pay a research firm an extra $69,000 to find out.
Culver City-based Goodwin Simon Strategic Research, which was brought on board in July to conduct Santa Monica’s bi-annual Citywide Resident Satisfaction Survey, will now broaden the scope of the survey to include a mobility component, said a staff report. … [ Full Article ]
Bangor Daily News – April 7, 2015
No need to change Maine’s gun safety tradition
More than half the Legislature has signed on to a bill that would allow the concealed carry of guns without a permit. These lawmakers should check with gun owners and law-enforcement officials.
A recent poll, conducted by Goodwin Simon Strategic Research on behalf of Everytown for Gun Safety and Maine Moms Demand Action, both of which support stricter gun laws, found that 84 percent of Maine voters — including nine out of 10 gun owners — believe that a permit should be required to carry a concealed weapon in public… [ Full Article ]
LA School Report – January 12, 2015
Survey: Teachers support changes in state job protection laws
The majority of public school teachers who participated in a new survey support changes in state teacher job protection laws that were the focus of last year’s landmark ruling in Vergara v. California.
The findings were somewhat of a surprise in that the poll, conducted by Goodwin Simon Strategic Research for Teach Plus, a national nonprofit that focuses on professional development for teachers, sought responses from only full-time district public school teachers, omitting charter school teachers, private school teachers and part-time teachers… [ Full Article ]
PR Newswire – October 1, 2014
California Voters Express Strong Support for Death-with-Dignity Option
Nearly two-thirds of Californian voters would support a death-with-dignity measure that would give a mentally competent, terminally ill adult the right to request and receive a prescription for life-ending medication from a physician, a poll released today reveals. This medical practice is called aid in dying.
“We know that Californians overwhelmingly support death with dignity because we hear from them every day,” said Toni Broaddus, California Campaign Director for Compassion & Choices, the nation’s leading end-of-life choice advocacy organization. [ Full Article ]
Advocate.com – February 19, 2013
Poll: Marriage Equality Is Imminent
Three-quarters of voters say that the right to marriage is a constitutional right, and 83% say they believe marriage equality will become legal in the U.S. within the next decade… [ Full Article ]
The Atlantic – December 11, 2012
The Marriage Plot: Inside This Year’s Epic Campaign for Gay Equality
On May 9, President Obama sat for an interview in the White House with the ABC News anchor Robin Roberts. Both of them knew what she’d been summoned there to discuss, and Roberts didn’t waste any time. “So, Mr. President,” she said, “are you still opposed to same-sex marriage?” [ Full Article ]
The New York Times – November 12, 2012
Push Expands for Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage
Elated by their first ballot victories, in four states, advocates of same-sex marriage rights plan to push legislatures in half a dozen more states toward legalization as they also press their cause in federal courts. They are also preparing for what they hope will be another milestone: the electoral reversal of a constitutional amendment defining marriage as solely between a man and a woman, in Oregon in 2014. [ Full Article ]
The New York Times – October 18, 2012
Maine’s Marriage Hero
The campaign for marriage equality has drawn support from prominent politicians, professional athletes, top-tier actors and hit-making singers. Some have even lent their faces and voices to advertisements. But the marquee pitchman for an Election Day referendum to legalize same-sex marriage in Maine isn’t a conventional celebrity. He’s a former hearse driver and postal carrier. Who is 90-years old. [ Full Article ]
The Burbank Leader – March 17, 2012
Bob Hope poll findings boost terminal proponents
By a margin of roughly 2 to 1, residents in the tri-city region favor a new terminal at Bob Hope Airport, according to a recent poll. The poll also revealed a major knowledge gap about just how old the existing facility is.
The survey, conducted by Goodwin Simon Strategic Research mid-February, found that among those polled in Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena and portions of Los Angeles near the airfield, 67% favored a replacement terminal that was further from the runway… [ Full Article ]
San Francisco Chronicle – July 8, 2011
Same-Sex Marriage Backers Seek Obama Endorsement
Oakland pollster Amy Simon, who has polled nationally on LGBT issues, said there’s “no way” that marriage is a tiebreaker issue.”There’s no inherent risk in Obama coming out on marriage,” she said. “The risk is in how he does it.”
Polls show that many Americans’ views on marriage are evolving just like Obama’s. If the president approaches the issue through his Christian faith, Simon said, “and he’s authentic about it, then he will have credibility on the issue. A lot of people are feeling the same way.” [ Full Article ]