Peter Hart

Leading Pollster and Public Policy Expert

Peter Hart
  • Political advisor who has worked with everyone from Jay Rockefeller to Bill Clinton
  • Has represented more than 55 US senators and 40 governors
  • Called the “uber pollster” by David Brooks of the New York Times
  • Shares nonpartisan insight on the key changes, trends, and demographic information shaping the American public and Washington

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Leading public opinion expert and NBC and Wall Street Journal pollster Peter Hart’s work has been key in determining the future for some of the most influential corporations and politicians in the country. One of the top analysts in the United States, he is a leading shaper of national trends and political messages. The National Journal named Hart one of its 150 national leaders who shape federal government policy, lauding him as “probably the foremost Washington pollster for the Democratic Party and its centrist candidates.” His organization, Peter D. Hart Research Associates, has conducted strategy planning projects for clients such as IBM, Coca-Cola, and Tiffany & Co. Political clientele have included Hubert Humphrey, Jay Rockefeller, Edward Kennedy, Bill Clinton, and Bob Graham.

Exclusively represented by Leading Authorities, Inc. speakers bureau, Hart takes a fun, interactive look at the latest polling data, sharing nonpartisan insights with audiences about the key changes, trends, demographic information, and top issues they need to know. Our nation is in a period of rapid-fire changes, and Hart has the ability to put it all in context, determining which numbers matter (and which don’t) and how it will play out on the national stage. His is an entertaining and eye-opening look at polling, politics, and public policy.

Trend Tester, Trend Setter. Since 1971, Hart has served as chairman of Peter D. Hart Research Associates, and he has been a pollster for NBC News and the Wall Street Journal since 1989. In the political realm, he has represented more than 55 United States Senators and 40 governors. Additional focuses on public policy and cultural issues have included work for such clients as the Smithsonian Institution, Habitat for Humanity, UNICEF, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Kennedy Center. In the international realm, Hart Research has conducted studies in South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa.

Acclaimed Expertise.  Sometimes called the dean of this generation of pollsters, he has covered election night news for either NBC or CBS since 1964. In 2002, Hart was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Contribution to Campaign Consulting by the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC). He also appears frequently on Meet the Press, TODAY, and Rock Center with Brian Williams.  

Over the past decade, Hart has worked to spot society’s newest directions and trends. Along with Dan McGinn, he has worked closely with major companies such as 3M and CitiGroup to help them navigate consumers’ ever-changing attitudes and expectations.

For the past 30 years, he has been a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow. He has taught public opinion and public policy at Duke University, the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of California, Berkeley. Additionally, he was a Shorenstein visiting fellow at the JFK School at Harvard University.

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Look at the Political Future with Peter Hart

Peter Hart & Bill McInturff on the Current Political Climate

VIRTUAL OFFERING - Reading the Data: The Latest in Public Opinion, COVID-19, and What It Means for Politics. In the current time of pandemic crisis, changes are happening with lightning speed. A leading public opinion analyst and pollster, Peter Hart shares the latest survey results to provide a virtual audience with an important set of insights into Americans’ attitudes and perceptions around COVID-19. In this virtual talk, he uses the poll numbers to break down how the health crisis is affecting the President’s job approval rating and how peoples’ concern about the virus, the economy, and political response will impact the political landscape.

Reading the Data: The Latest in Public Opinion and What It Means. Hart takes a fun, interactive look at the latest polling data, sharing nonpartisan insights with audiences about the key changes, trends, demographic information, and top issues they need to know. Our nation is in a period of rapid-fire changes, and Hart has the ability to put it all in context, determining which numbers matter (and which don’t) and how it will play out on the national stage. His is an entertaining and eye-opening look at polling, politics, and public policy.

New Persuasions: The Rules Have Changed. In an intriguing and comprehensive presentation, Peter Hart shares insights on the changes and “new rules” of communication in our hyper-connected age. The world of communications has changed—dramatically, comprehensively, and permanently, but organizations that are listening and communicating as they did five years ago are increasingly out of touch with the people and the issues that matter. Riveting and thought-provoking, Hart is deeply vested in the great adventure of understanding what this sea-change means and identifying the strategies and techniques that will succeed in a “New Persuasion” world.

This presentation is also available as a duo with strategic communications counselor, Dan McGinn.

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