Mark Blumenthal: The Mystery Pollster; Polling in the 2006 Elections


Friday, December 1, 2006, 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Polling in the 2006 Elections

Friday, December 1, 2006

Mark Blumenthal

About Mark Blumenthal

Mark Blumenthal is the editor and publisher of He began writing the Mystery Pollster blog in September 2004. 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 the last 15 with his partners David Petts and Anna Bennett in the firm Bennett, Petts and Blumenthal (BPB).

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.  

In addition to his on-line writings, Blumenthal has published in the academic journal “Public Opinion Quarterly.”  He currently serves on the Executive Council of the American Association of Public Opinion Research (AAPOR).

Interesting Fact:

Blumenthal got his name “Mystery Pollster” from electronic journalist Mickey Kaus, who quoted from e-mails Blumenthal sent him.  Rather than quoting him by name, Kaus referred to him as the “Mystery Pollster.”  

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