National Review Online: The Border Tax is a Bad Idea

The Border Tax Is a Bad Idea It’s a bad deal for consumers as well as producers. By John McLaughlin & Jim McLaughlin — January 19, 2017 Two weeks ago, in an article that we authored for National Review, we stated that economic growth and security have to be the immediate focus of President Trump’s agenda.… Read

National Review Online: How Trump Can Solidify a New Majority Coalition

How Trump Can Solidify a New Majority Coalition He won because of the electorate’s intense desire for change. If he can satisfy that desire, he’ll keep winning going forward. By John McLaughlin & Jim McLaughlin — January 4, 2017 As we enter the first week of 2017, it’s important to put aside some of the… Read

YellowHammerNews: How pollsters with close Alabama ties helped propel Trump into the White House

How pollsters with close Alabama ties helped propel Trump into the White House WRITTEN BY CLIFF SIMS ON NOVEMBER 14, 2016 AT 8:34 PM CST Pollsters make a living being public opinion experts. But 2016 has been a tough year for the polling industry after the overwhelming majority of the “experts” were flat out wrong on two of the world’s most significant events — Brexit in the U.K. and the presidential election in the U.S. However, a polling firm with close ties to Alabama correctly called President­elect Donald J. Trump’s improbable victory, and their insight helped propel him to the White House. McLaughlin & Associates is a public opinion research firm based in New York, but the brothers who lead the company — John and Jim McLaughlin — have been the most influential Republican pollsters in Alabama for years. “Back in the last century, I worked for Gov. Fob James when we had a 20­point come­from­behind win for governor in 1994,” John told Yellowhammer. “Then I worked for Jeff Sessions in his first race for senate and subsequently Senator Shelby. Since then Jim has carried on the work for Senator Shelby with a big win in the primary this year. He also works for Congressmen (Mike) Rogers and (Robert) Aderholt, among others.” A closer look at the firm’s client list reveals a who’s who of Alabama politics: Governor Bob Riley, Attorney General Bill Pryor (who is now on Trump’s short list for the Supreme Court,), Senate President Pro Ten Del Marsh, Attorney General Luther Strange, Lt. Governor Steve Windom, the Business Council of Alabama, and dozens of state house and senate members. Perhaps most notably, Jim McLaughlin was the pollster behind Republicans’ successful effort to take control of the Alabama legislature for the first time since Reconstruction. During this election cycle, both McLaughlin brothers were involved in different aspects of the Trump effort. John was the internal pollster for the campaign and Jim worked for a pro­Trump Super PAC. This gave their firm the opportunity to play an outsized role in the ultimate victory, but also presented some challenges. Because FEC rules 11/15/2016 How pollsters with close Alabama ties helped propel Trump into the… Read

May 2016 – National Survey Results

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National Review Online – The Election Paradox: Trump’s to Lose

The Election Paradox: Trump’s to Lose By John McLaughlin & Jim McLaughlin — March 28, 2016 Regarding the presidential race, although there are many national polls showing pretty much the same numerical results, it’s the analysis that counts. Our analysis of our just-completed national survey shows that there’s only one person who can beat Donald… Read