For progressive leaders and political parties in the United States and around the world looking to win elections and govern effectively, Greenberg Quinlan Rosner has the answer. From the 1992 election of President Bill Clinton, to the 2006 election of Representative Gabrielle Giffords, to the 2013 election of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, GQR helps progressive candidates campaign, win, and govern. Working in more than 90 countries, we help leaders modernize and reform their parties, coalitions, and countries, making them more competitive in elections and more effective in office.
Our work around the world spans all levels—presidents, parliaments, governors, and mayors. GQR’s experience includes 2-party and multi-party dynamics; single-round and multi-stage elections; first-past-the-post and proportional representation systems; and the importance of coalition dynamics. In the United States, we have helped countless Democrats survive their toughest challenges, fight for their beliefs, and come out on top. Ranging from South Africa to South America and beyond, we have made politicians and governments more responsive to their people, helping to strengthen representative politics throughout the globe. We give campaigns an edge over their opponents, finding innovative ways to break through and win the toughest races in the United States and around the world.
GQR can conduct research everywhere in the world: among devout Muslim women in Yemen, in the favelas of Brazil, and with top decision-makers in Japan. In countries where no public opinion infrastructure exists, we do not walk away, we build our own. We have created organizations from the ground-up in hard-to-reach countries from Liberia to Curacao. Whatever your challenge, we have the skills and experience to meet it.
In 2016, GQR’s research helped then-Governor Maggie Hassan narrowly defeat incumbent Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte in New Hampshire, one of only two Democratic pickups in the U.S. Senate that year.
On November 30, 2014 the Liberal Democratic Party of Moldova (PLDM) won the most votes among the three leading pro-European parties in the Moldova Parliamentary election. PLDM’s forceful advocacy of a European future for Moldova helped boost the party’s vote and expand public acceptance of a European path.
In 2013, New York City Democrats looked forward to electing one of their own to run the largest city in the country for the first time in 24 years. Only no one thought it would be Bill de Blasio. The Public Advocate managed just 7 percent in early public polling.
In 2011, Greenberg Quinlan Rosner played a critical role in developing a strategic framework and targeting strategy for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in his successful campaign to succeed long-time Mayor Richard M. Daley. After more than two decades in office, Mayor Daley’s decision to retire left the city with its first wide open contest for mayor in a generation.
By the time Tony Blair took over the party leadership in 1994, it had been 15 years since the Labour Party had last formed a government. Blair knew that for the Party to regain the confidence of the British public, Labour would first have to change itself.
Nelson Mandela and the African National Congress had been fighting for decades to free South Africa from apartheid. In 1994, they were able to compete in South Africa’s first free and open elections, but the ANC was a liberation movement, not a political party, and they were fighting an election against the disciplined, experienced machine of the incumbent government.
In 1992, the governor of Arkansas was just one of many candidates running for the Democratic nomination for President—to win, he needed ideas and a strategy to help him break through the primaries and take on George Bush.
On the eve of a new government in late 2010, Iraq’s democracy was at a crossroads. The National Democratic Institute (NDI) hoped to use public opinion research to encourage Iraq’s parties and leaders to show more focus on substantive agendas, rather than just backroom political deal-making.
The Australian Labor Party turned to GQR—as it had in the New South Wales state elections in 2007—to give focus to the campaign. With a new, relatively unknown Prime Minister and elections only weeks away, the ALP had to introduce Julia Gillard, lay out her agenda for Australia’s future in a compelling way, and define her opponent Tony Abbott quickly and convincingly.
When popular six-term Senator Pete Domenici announced he would not be running for a 7th term representing New Mexico in the U.S. Senate, the announcement set off a scramble to replace him, drawing all three of the state’s U.S. House members into the race for the open seat. Political observers considered New Mexico’s Senate contest a “toss up.”
When users click the “like” button on a candidate’s Facebook page, they connect their social network to that of the campaign. The users themselves are connected to candidates, their campaign statements, and their fundraising appeals, but also, their social network friends can also follow their interactions with the campaign.
Arizona state senator Gabrielle Giffords, one of a number of local figures running for the Democratic nomination, hired GQR's Anna Greenberg and Dave Walker to help run her race. Giffords won the General Election by 12 points in a district the Republican incumbent had won by 24 points two years earlier.
In late 2011, as Maggie Hassan prepared to enter the race for Governor of New Hampshire, there were many indications this would not be an easy race. The Republican landslide of 2010 had been devastating in New Hampshire, where Democrats lost an open U.S. Senate race, both congressional seats and more than 100 seats in the state House to fall deep into a minority.
In 2007, New Hampshire Governor Jeanne Shaheen challenged incumbent Senator John Sununu in a rematch of their 2002 faceoff that had sent Sununu to the Senate. GQR helped devise a strategy that emphasized the need for a leader like Jeanne Shaheen, who would work for a new direction in Washington to help New Hampshire families. On Election Day, the Shaheen campaign prevailed by a 7-point margin, 52--45 percent.
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