53: 2022 Midterms: Top Voter Issues, with Jarrett Lewis, Partner, Public Opinion Strategies, Brian Stryker, Partner, Impact Research, and Neil Newhouse, Co-founder and Partner, Public Opinion Strategies
Meet The Host, Jarrett Lewis:
Jarrett Lewis is a Partner at Public Opinion Strategies. Previously, he was the Executive Director of Health Policy at The Health Management Academy. He received a B.A. in Political Science from Clemson University and an MBA from Duke University.
Meet The Guests, Neil Newhouse & Brian Stryker:
Neil Newhouse is co-founder and Partner of Public Opinion Strategies. He has been named Pollster of the Year three times by the American Association of Political Consultants. He received an undergraduate degree from Duke University, and a graduate degree from the University of Virginia.
Brian Stryker is a Partner at Impact Research. Brian was a recipient of the 2021 American Association of Political Consultants 40 Under 40 Award. He received an undergraduate degree in History from the University of Washington.
Neil Newhouse and Brian Stryker are experts at measuring and moving public opinions.
- Top Issues for the Midterms. The number one issue for voters is the economy, specifically inflation and cost of living. While changing day-by-day, the Ukraine conflict has become a rising issues for voters as well. (9:41)
- What about Healthcare? Healthcare can be an important issue in terms of cost. However, as new problems are supplanting COIVD-19, healthcare has become a back-burner issue. Many people dislike the current healthcare system, but also fear too much change. (34:47)
- An Era of Hyper-partisanship. Neil shares that traditionally one-third of voters split their ticket, but that decreased to 9% of voters in the 2020 election. Brian also points out that voters don’t often reward compromise, which limits politicians’ ability to work across party lines. (44:45)