Email: Mark at Pollster dot com
Mark Blumenthal is the editor and publisher of Pollster.com, the web site that publishes poll results and a daily running commentary that explains, demystifies and critiques political polling for political insiders and the general public. Since its launch in September 2006, Pollster.com has attracted nearly seven million unique visits resulting in over 30 million page views. As a polling analyst for The National Journal, Blumenthal also writes a weekly column for NationalJournal.com
Pollster.com is partly an outgrowth of Blumenthal's Mystery Pollster blog, which he started in September 2004. In May of 2007, along with Pollster.com co-creator Charles Franklin, Blumenthal received the Warren J. Mitofsky Innovators Award for Pollster.com 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.
Blumenthal has been 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 Bennett, Petts and Blumenthal (BPB). In January of 2007, he left BPB to devote full time to Pollster.com.
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.