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New polling outfit to survey N.C.

Another pollster will be surveying North Carolinians.

A group of Republican consultants and strategists have started Carolina Strategy Group, a business-focused firm that will regularly poll state voters.

Paul Shumaker, a longtime consultant who is currently advising Sen. Richard Burr's re-election campaign, said that he started the firm to pursue business work apart from his political consulting.

"I'm trying to provide a little bit of a buffer," he said.

Other members of the firm include media consultant Jean-Paul Damé, attorney Roger Knight, Virginia consultant Vick Gresham, South Carolina consultant Mark Lisella, attorney Neal Robbins and public relations executive Tim Pittman, the former press secretary for Gov. Jim Martin.

Shumaker said the firm will do two or three polls a month on public opinion issues that could affect business, such as state taxes, but he does not plan to do "horse race" polls on how candidates are doing.

Carolina Strategy Group will be the fourth major pollster in the state, after the Elon University Poll, Democratic firm Public Policy Polling and the conservative Civitas Institute.


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Re: Paul Shumaker says economy getting worse; Vote Burr again!

Was this the guy that sent Burr to take credit for that new Obama Stimulus fire station Burr voted against?

Paul Shumaker? Is that his name? He started Carolina Strategy Group, right?

How's that going? About like Burr's campaign?

Paul Shumaker says economy getting worse; Vote Burr again!

So the last we heard from Burr's spokesman was this from June.

NC voters see state economy getting worse

I fail to see why the head of Carolina Strategy Group and incumbent Burr's campaign spokesman didn't send out a press release screaming for change from the rooftops?

Do you?

It's almost like "Carolina Strategy Group" fell off the face of.

..the EARTH!

I haven't heard much out of this "new polling firm" since the whole FEC violation thing for Burr?

What's up Shumaker firm?

Still polling away and releasing to media those "two or three polls a month on public opinion issues that could affect business, such as state taxes..."

Or did something happen?

Shumaker and Burr really do deserve each other

Shumaker said the firm will do two or three polls a month on public opinion issues that could affect business, such as state taxes, but he does not plan to do "horse race" polls on how candidates are doing.

...for at least a month, and then only for Burr, and then only for free, or at least until caught by the media.

When did chief campaign strategist become a synonym for chief campaign liability?

Re: New polling outfit to survey N.C.

Sounds like a welcome addition to the arena. Probably closer to the middle ground than any of the other well publicized pollsters. This firm has a consulting focus, too, which means a pro-business emphasis.

Re: New polling outfit to survey N.C.

Those are the standard descriptions I use for those firms.

* PPP works for Democratic candidates, has past employees who now work full-time for Democrats and was founded by a prominent Democratic donor. They also don't shy away from the label.

* Civitas is officially nonpartisan. I'm aware of the criticism that it is essentially a GOP outfit and of their ties to various Republicans, but I'm sticking with conservative.

The new pollster is most properly described as a "pro-business consulting firm," though it was started by Republicans. 

— RTB 

Re: New polling outfit to survey N.C.

At least the state will have some counterpoint to the far left leaning PPP.

Re: New polling outfit to survey N.C.

Why do you write ..."Democratic firm Public Policy Polling and the conservative Civitas Institute." instead of liberal firm Public Policy Polling and conservative Civitas or Democratic firm... and Republican firm? Where does this new polling firm fit?

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