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    DLC | E-newsletter | April 30, 2010
    Reinventing Government, Round Two
    Our first edition takes up an issue at the foundation of all policy -- public trust in government -- and the long-standing DLC theme of "reinventing government" as a key to restoring and preserving it.

    DLC | Poll | December 13, 2006
    The Emerging Politics of Globalization
    By Mark Penn & Thomas Z. Freedman
    This report, based on a survey of American voters and including a special emphasis on oversampled data from the fastest growing areas of the United States, analyzes how voters view globalization's costs and benefits, as well as their attitudes toward public policies that are possible responses to globalization.

    DLC | Policy Report | May 24, 2006
    Growing the Vote
    By Ed Kilgore
    While careful attention to demographic challenges and opportunities is always important, and mobilization drives are invariably critical, expanding the Democratic base by persuasion must assume a more central place in future Democratic strategy.

    DLC | Poll | July 28, 2003
    The Democratic Party and the 2004 Election
    By Mark J. Penn
    For voters to fire the incumbent and hire the Democrat, they must first believe that the Democrat shares their values, will keep them safe, and can be trusted with their money.

    DLC | Blueprint Magazine | September 26, 2002
    ...But Only With the Right Agenda
    By Mark J. Penn
    The potential Democratic majority depends on voters concerned about growth and opportunity.

    DLC | Presentation | July 29, 2002
    Presentations by Al From and Mark Penn to the 2002 National Conversation
    Powerpoint presentations by DLC founder and CEO Al From and pollster Mark J. Penn, president of Penn, Schoen and Berland Associates Inc., given to the DLC's National Conversation in New York City, July 29, 2002.

    DLC | Poll | March 25, 2002
    How Americans Feel about The Economy, Taxes, and the Budget
    By Mark J. Penn
    Americans are conflicted on fiscal policy. While wary of the president's tax cuts in uncertain times, they still trust Republicans on economic issues.

    DLC | Poll | December 13, 2001
    How Americans Feel About Politics After 9/11
    By Mark J. Penn
    The war on terrorism has changed everything. Voters view Republicans as more trustworthy on such toughness issues as fighting wars, controlling crime, and fiscal discipline. They trust Democrats more on compassion-and-caring issues like health care, Social Security, and the environment. There's both promise and peril in this new political terrain.

    DLC | Poll | September 10, 2001
    Penn's Poll on The Mobility Crisis
    By Mark J. Penn
    Voters say traffic congestion is getting worse and they want to see a balanced approach to the problem.

    DLC | Poll | March 7, 2001
    Penn's Poll on Tax Cuts
    By Mark J. Penn
    Not only do American voters have higher priorities than tax cuts for the surplus, but they also share different values than President Bush on how taxes should be cut.

    DLC | Poll | January 21, 2001
    Turning A Win Into a Draw
    By Mark J. Penn
    Gore's populist message worked well with the Democratic base, but fell far short with swing voters who could have pushed him over the top. By failing to talk about the Clinton administration's economic achievements, Gore lost a golden opportunity to win the huge number of citizens who felt that the country was "on the right track."

    DLC | Poll | September 1, 2000
    Why Voters Care About the Quality of Life
    By Mark J. Penn
    Sprawl, crime, congestion, too much sex on TV, and too little time with family -- these are the issues that increasingly engage voters. They want open spaces, flex-time, and safety - including gun registration. Lawmakers would do well to listen.

    DLC | Poll | June 1, 2000
    A New Bargain for Success
    By Mark J. Penn
    Americans are more optimistic than ever, despite worries over personal wealth and security. They understand the potential and risks of the New Economy, and want government to help provide the rules, tools, and framework for full participation.

    DLC | Poll | April 1, 2000
    Health Care is Back
    By Mark J. Penn
    As we enter the 21st century, health care has risen to the top of the American political agenda. Two of the biggest issues are the 44 million Americans without health insurance and the rising cost of our health care system.

    DLC | Poll | March 1, 2000
    The Decisive Center
    By Mark Penn
    Candidates who embrace and promote defining centrist issues can gain a decisive edge.

    DLC | Poll | January 1, 2000
    People to Government: Stay Engaged
    By Mark J. Penn
    While Americans don't want to be the world's cop, they don't want to retreat into isolationism, either. They expect strong leadership and global engagement for security and humanitarian reasons. And they would prefer to pursue international goals with our allies, rather than going it alone.

    DLC | Poll | September 1, 1999
    A Hunger for Reform
    By Mark J. Penn
    Americans now believe strongly in educational reform at all levels. They understand the growing importance of a good education to economic success, and see America's schools as not making the grade for today or for tomorrow.

    DLC | Poll | April 1, 1999
    The Community Consensus
    By Mark J. Penn
    A remarkable consensus has developed in the nation on the importance of civic life, on the responsibility of citizens to contribute to the community, on the need for government action to take new forms, and on the demand that opportunities must come with obligations.

    DLC | Poll | December 1, 1998
    Choosing the New Economy
    By Mark J. Penn
    Americans are optimistic about the New Economy -- for themselves, for the nation, and especially for their children.

    DLC | Poll | November 1, 1997
    The New Democratic Electorate
    By Mark Penn
    Today there are not just new Democrats; there is a new Democratic Party both demographically and attitudinally.

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