Wednesday, February 11, 2009

POSTPONED - Analyst/Columnist Blumenthal Discusses 'Polls, Pollsters and the 2008 Election' at Washington College

Chestertown, MD — Award-winning political polling expert Mark Blumenthal will present "Polls, Pollsters and the 2008 Election" at Washington College's Casey Academic Center Forum on Monday, February 23, at 4:30 p.m. The lecture is presented by the Goldstein Program in Public Affairs.

Blumenthal is the editor and publisher of, 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, has attracted nearly 7 million unique visits resulting in more than 30 million page views.

In 2007 Blumenthal and co-creator Charles Franklin were honored with the Warren J. Mitofsky Innovators Award from the American Association for Public Opinion Research. is partly an outgrowth of Blumenthal's "Mystery Pollster" blog, which he started in 2004. In 2005 the National Council on Public Polls awarded Blumenthal and the "Mystery Pollster" blog a special citation for its work explaining polls to the Internet reader.

As a polling analyst for The National Journal, Blumenthal also writes a weekly column for He 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.

Blumenthal's academic background includes a political science degree from the University of Michigan and course work toward a master's degree at the Joint Program in Survey Methodology (JPSM) at the University of Maryland.

The Communications Chair of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) from 2007 to 2008, Blumenthal has been 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.

Washington College's Louis L. Goldstein Program in Public Affairs was established in 1990 to encourage students to enter public service by introducing them to exemplary leaders, both in and out of government. The Goldstein Program has hosted journalists, political activists, foreign policy analysts, diplomats, military commanders and government officials of both national and international stature.

The Goldstein Program sponsors lectures, symposia, visiting fellows, student participation in models and conferences, and other projects that bring students and faculty together with leaders experienced in developing public policy.

Admission to "Polls, Pollsters and the 2008 Election" is free and open to the public.

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