President, Clarus Research Group
Dr. Faucheux is a nationally respected public opinion analyst and public affairs professional. He has a unique background in research, government, politics, communications and issue advocacy. He combines professional competence and academic credentials with pragmatic problem solving. He learned the importance of strategic research in the trenches of competitive politics and issue advocacy.
A former state legislator and Secretary of Commerce in Louisiana, he previously edited and published Campaigns & Elections magazine. He also served as a U.S. Senate Chief of Staff and headed government affairs for the American Institute of Architects. He’s advised more than 118 political and ballot issue campaigns, consulted with Fortune 500 executives, directed landmark foundation research projects and developed advocacy strategies for a range of clients across the nation.
Dr. Faucheux has managed research projects and analyzed surveys for corporate, political, association and nonprofit clients. He’s a recognized expert in applying survey research to strategy planning and message development in highly competitive situations.
With the Middle East on high-alert as Israel and the Hamas exchange rockets, who is the Americans supporting--the Jewish state or the Palestinians? Also, how does the nation feel about the relationship between climate change and storms such as Sandy which has damaged major parts of the NorthEast Coast of the United States?
In 2008, Barack Obama was the first Democrat in 16 years to win both sexes, carrying women by 13 points and men by one point, for a 12-point gap. In 2012, Obama won re-election with an 11-point margin among women and losing men by 7 points, for an 18-point gap.
Before the election, if I had told you that 77 percent of voters had a negative attitude on the economy and that Mitt Romney would beat Barack Obama by 22 points among those voters, you'd think Romney would easily win the election.
It has always been said that in polite company one should never talk about politics or religion. Today, let's do both.
Since Election Day, there has been abundant chatter about the new American electorate, one that is less traditional, less white and more diverse. No doubt, the Obama campaign's ability to deliver victory by surfing the waves of changing demographics--we used to call this "identity politics"--was impressive.
By Ron Faucheux
It would be easy for Republicans to blame party losses on Mitt Romney. Easy, perhaps, but not accurate.