National Journal, Pew Research Center and the Society for Human Resource Management Announce Congressional Connection Poll

May 19, 2010

New Weekly Poll Examines Relationship between Congress, Public Sentiment

WASHINGTON – Exploring the divide between Congress and the American electorate, today National Journal, Pew Research Centerand the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) announce the Congressional Connection Poll. This new series of weekly surveys will examine opinions about the issues, priorities and trends shaping the 2010 midterm elections.The initiative will include the new National Journal Political Confidence Index, based on a monthly series of questions that tracks public trust in Washington and the nation’s political leadership.

“One thing that just about everyone in the political debate can agree on is that the lines of communication between Washington and the rest of the country have broken down,” said Atlantic Media Political Director Ronald Brownstein. “In an increasingly polarized political era, we believe the Congressional Connection poll can provide a reliable, sophisticated and objective source of information about the nation’s priorities for Washington-and its assessment of the policies Washington is pursuing.”

Poll results will be published in CongressDaily on Tuesdays when Congress is in session with follow-up stories appearing Wednesday and more detailed analysis appearing in National Journal and at Poll results and analysis by Pew Research Center pollsters will also be available at, where all Pew Research Center polls on politics and policy are publicly available. Additionally, the poll findings will be examined in depth at thought-leadership events held in Washington, DC in the run-up to the election.

“What happens in Washington affects the lives of millions of working Americans.HR knows because we’re on the frontlines of every workplace issue every day,” said SHRM President and CEO Laurence G. O’Neil.“We all have a responsibility to restore confidence in our elected officials and public policies.We hope that elevating the national dialogue will get us moving in the right direction.”

“This new series of weekly surveys will complement the Pew Research Center’s ongoing, in-depth polling about politics, Washington and related subjects,” added Pew Research Center President Andrew Kohut.

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About National Journal Group

Since 1969, National Journal Group has provided insight for insiders through nonpartisan reporting on current political and policy issues as well as tools professionals need to do their jobs well. National Journal Group properties include National Journal, CongressDaily,, The Hotline, The Almanac of American Politics and Global Security Newswire. It partners with WETA to produce “Washington Week With Gwen Ifill and National Journal.”

About Pew Research Center

Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, which examines U.S. public opinion toward politics, the press and public policy, is the flagship project of the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan, non-advocacy fact tank that examines the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world.

About the Society for Human Resource Management

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 250,000 members in over 140 countries, the Society serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the HR profession. Founded in 1948, SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China and India. Visit SHRM Online at


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