Joel Benenson: Obama’s political strategist and pollster


Thanks to Democratic Leadership for the 21st Century (DL21C), The Common Good was pleased to present a unique event with Joel Benenson, lead pollster and senior strategist to President Barack Obama.

Joel Benenson shared his insights on his work on the President’s historic 2008 run, how the race is shaping up this year, and took a look at New York politics and the role of the women’s vote in the election this November.


Joel Benenson was the lead pollster and a senior strategist for President Barack Obama during the 2008 election, and he continues in that role today. He has also been a pollster and strategist for U.S. senators, governors and mayors from around the country. He played an integral role as a pollster for the DCCC in 2006, when the Democrats won back the majority in the House of Representatives. The team Benenson was on won eight of 10 races, including three in which incumbents were defeated.

In addition, Benenson is the President of the Benenson Strategy Group, which he co-founded in 2000. His extensive experience, prior to his becoming a pollster in 1995, includes working as a political journalist for the Daily News in New York and serving as communications director for Gov. Mario Cuomo’s 1994 campaign. He was previously a vice president at the New York ad agency FCB


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