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Ben Tulchin discusses the Presidential campaign, the controversy in Indiana and other topics.

April 2nd, 2015 · News

Digital Politics Radio Show Discussion on Off-Year Elections and Government in the Digital Age Ben Tulchin took time to talk with Karen Jagoda of The E-Voter Institute and Digital Politics Radio about the Presidential campaign, the impact of early and mail-in voting on media budgets, and what Governor Mike Pence was thinking when he signed the Religious Freedom Law in Indiana, among other topics. You can listen to the segment here.


Ben Tulchin discusses the 2014 elections including early voting and legalizing marijuana on Digital Politics Radio

November 17th, 2014 · News

Digital Politics Radio Show Discussion on Off-Year Elections and Government in the Digital Age Ben Tulchin took time to talk with Karen Jagoda of The E-Voter Institute and Digital Politics Radio about the increasing preference for early voting by both Democratic and Republican voters, and about the success of ballot initiatives for the legalization of marijuana. You can listen to the segment here.


Ben Tulchin discusses the CA gov race and the 6 Californias initiative on Digital Politics Radio

August 19th, 2014 · News

Digital Politics Radio Show Discussion on Off-Year Elections and Government in the Digital Age Ben Tulchin took time to talk with Karen Jagoda of The E-Voter Institute and Digital Politics Radio about Neel Kashkari's Campaign for California Governor and Tim Draper's six Californias ballot initiative. You can listen to the the show at Digital Politics Radio.


Ben Tulchin Talks the 2014 California Election Landscape on Digital Politics Radio

March 27th, 2014 · News

Digital Politics Radio Show Discussion on Off-Year Elections and Government in the Digital Age Pollster Ben Tulchin appeared on Digital Politics Radio yesterday. He and host Karen Jagoda discussed the upcoming California primary races and how international events impact domestic politics. You can listen to the segment here.


New Survey Presentation: Health Care Providers Have a Role in Preventing Domestic Violence

March 13th, 2014 · News

Blue Shield of California Foundation

New Tulchin Research Presentation on Poll Results for Blue Shield of California Foundation: Californians See Domestic Violence As a Public Health Issue

Blue Shield of California Foundation and Tulchin Research recently presented to the press and the public on the results of our research on domestic violence prevention. The PowerPoint presentation comprehensively covers our findings about Californians' attitudes toward domestic violence . Building upon a 2012 survey, the results show that individuals across the state recognize the important connection between health care and domestic violence. Findings reveal that Californians overwhelmingly approve of measures to train doctors and nurses to effectively identify and respond to victims of abuse. They also support a new federal policy under the Affordable Care Act that will require healthcare providers to screen for domestic violence during women's preventive health visits. The poll surveyed 800 adults statewide during Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October). Highlights include:
    • Among types of people most trusted to help with domestic abuse: domestic violence shelter workers (85 percent) and doctors (83 percent) are seen as most trustworthy.
    • Three-quarters (75 percent) have never been asked by their healthcare provider about threats from their partner or spouse despite a strong majority of adults in California (60 percent) who report having a family doctor they would feel comfortable discussing personal domestic violence concerns with.
    • 81 percent support a different approach for dealing with domestic violence, one in which practitioners screen patients for signs of abuse occurring in the home.
Historically, doctors and nurses have played a limited role in the intervention and prevention of domestic abuse, with the burden falling largely to law enforcement and domestic violence shelters. Check out the full survey results to see how this is beginning to change. You can also get more information and a recording of the webinar where we presented the results at the Blue Shield of California Foundation website.


New National Survey Results: Public Demands Anti-Corruption Measures

December 9th, 2013 · Blog, Issues, News, Poll release


New National Poll Conducted by Tulchin Research and MFour Strategies for Represent.us Shows Broad Support For Reducing Corruption, Including Through Campaign Finance Reform

Numerous public and private polls have already documented a growing feeling of alienation and disenfranchisement among American voters, and the erosion of confidence in Congress. This poll attempts to understand the cause of – and potential solutions to – this growing dissatisfaction by measuring current voter attitudes toward money and corruption in politics, and testing alternative campaign funding and anti-corruption solutions. The results are compelling. While many national polls seeking to understand America’s deep dissatisfaction with our government show a moderate to deep divide along party and ideological lines, this poll suggests overwhelming consensus amongst Democrats, Republicans, Independents and non-affiliated voters around the issue of corruption in the American election system and the need to institute tough, meaningful reforms. The poll suggests now may be the most opportune time in modern history to toughen the nation’s campaign finance laws and restore an electoral system that voters agree has been soured by big money and political corruption The Represent.Us poll was conducted Nov. 12 to 17, 2013 by polling firms MFour Strategies and Tulchin Research and surveyed 1,003 likely U.S. voters. The poll was administered using an online format and adapted for voters using Apple and Android-based smartphones. The sample was controlled and weighted to reflect U.S. voter demographics.The margin of error for the overall sample was +/- 3.5 percentage points. --- Download the Poll Memo Here Download the Topline Data Here ---

Press coverage of our new poll:

MSNBC: "Fighting corruption polls off the charts" The Center for Public Integrity: "Don’t support ‘campaign finance reform’? Try combating ‘corruption’"


Ben Tulchin Talks News Consumption and Polling on Digital Politics Radio

November 26th, 2013 · Issues, News, Press

Digital Politics Radio Show Discussion on Off-Year Elections and Government in the Digital Age Pollster Ben Tulchin appeared on Digital Politics Radio last week. He, FoxNews.com reporter Joe Weber and host Karen Jagoda discussed news consumption, the non-stop news cycle, and polling . You can listen to the two segments at Digital Politics Radio's website: News Consumers Non-Stop News Cycle


New California Statewide Poll Finds Strong Support for Legalizing, Regulating and Taxing Marijuana

October 21st, 2013 · Blog, Company News, Issues, News, Poll release

ACLU Poll Alternatives to Incarceration

New Tulchin Research Poll Is Part of the ACLU's Effort to Form a Blue Ribbon Panel on Marijuana Legalization Lead by Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom

A new Tulchin Research poll finds that a solid majority of voters in California support a proposal to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana. The ACLU Thursday released results from this poll which shows ever-growing support for taxing and regulating marijuana among likely 2016 California voters across political, racial and geographic lines. The poll results make clear that voters offer strong support for legalizing marijuana when it is coupled with a comprehensive regulatory system and an ability to collect revenues to fund public services. Specifically, nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of voters support a proposal to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana in California for adults. In fact, nearly half (46 percent) of voters strongly support such a sample measure compared to less than a third of voters (27 percent) who strongly oppose it. The proposal put to the 1,200 respondents likely to vote in November 2016 makes it clear that marijuana would still be illegal for minors and that there would be penalties for DUI. The sample measure also references the revenue that would be raised with a tax and the types of services that might be funded. When all of this is put together in a ballot measure, the poll finds strong support for legalizing, regulating and taxing marijuana across a wide range of demographic groups. The ACLU of California announced Thursday that Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom will chair a blue ribbon panel that will study the complex legal and policy issues that must be resolved as California considers legalizing, taxing and regulating marijuana for adults. Comprised of leading legal, academic and policy experts from across the state and nation, the blue ribbon panel will engage in a two-year research effort. The panel’s work will be designed to help voters and policy makers evaluate proposals for a strict tax and regulation system that will enable California to benefit from billions of dollars of new revenue while ensuring safe communities and protecting against underage use. Recent successful marijuana legalization ballot initiatives in Washington state and Colorado, and growing public support for such reform in California, indicate that a similar measure could succeed in California. “The prohibition of marijuana has had an enormous human and financial cost in communities across this state,” said Newsom, the highest ranking elected official in California to publicly endorse taxing and regulating marijuana for adults. “It is far past time for Californians take a serious look at smarter approaches to marijuana, and it is imperative that happen before any marijuana ballot initiative gets underway.” Joining Newsom on the panel is a broad spectrum of policy, legal and academic experts, including, among others, Keith Humphreys, a Stanford Health Policy Associate who was a senior policy analyst at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy in 2009-2010, Erwin Chemerinsky, constitutional law expert and dean of the University of California, Irvine School of Law, Dr. Timmen Cermack and Dr. Peter Banys, both past presidents of the California Society of Addiction Medicine, Dr. Seth Ammerman, a Stanford University professor and member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith, Sam Kamen, a Denver University law professor who has been appointed to the Colorado governor’s task force for implementing that state’s marijuana legalization initiative and Alison Holcomb, campaign manager of Washington state’s successful 2012 ballot initiative to tax and regulate marijuana. The panel will spend the next 18-24 months monitoring and analyzing the implementation of tax and regulate laws in Washington and Colorado, publishing a series of policy white papers, convening round-table discussions, panel presentations and town hall events for the public and for policymakers across the state.  The panel will also seek to identify, research and propose answers to the legal and policy questions that these public forums will address. An ACLU report released in June showed extreme racial disparities in marijuana arrests throughout the country and in California, disparities that would be erased by sensible tax and regulate measure. “Marijuana prohibition has harmed communities and families by needlessly ensnaring hundreds of thousands of people in the overburdened criminal justice system, with people of color far more likely to be arrested and prosecuted,” said Allen Hopper, director of criminal justice and drug policy for the ACLU of California. “California voters recognize that it’s time for change and will overwhelmingly support reforming marijuana laws provided it can be done responsibly with adequate safeguards and assurances that tax revenues will go to fund public schools and other important social services.” --- Click here to read the public memo for the poll  Click here to read the official ACLU press release for the blue ribbon panel 

Press coverage of our new California poll:

New York Times: "California: Legal Marijuana Studied" KTVU: "Newsom to lead panel considering recreational pot use law" Washington Post: "California’s second-highest state executive says it’s time to legalize pot" Huffington Post: "California Is Poised To Legalize Marijuana In 2016" San Francisco Chronicle: "Newsom, ACLU look to legalize marijuana" Los Angeles Times: "Like gay marriage, medical marijuana is here to stay"

The poll and blue ribbon panel were also covered by  ReutersLA Weekly, SF Weekly, sfistRaw Story, RT, CBS 13 Sacramento, KGO Radio, East Bay Express, and KTVN among others.