President Barack Obama’s approval and favorable polling numbers will be tested and released each week in a new polling partnership formed between the Service Employees International Union and Daily Kos, a liberal online community.
The polling, conducted by Democratic firm Public Policy Polling, will be published each Tuesday on dailykos.com and feature testing on Congress, the generic Congressional ballot, Obama’s re-election and the two major political parties. Polling on “key races” will also be conducted, according to a press release announcing the partnership.
“Rather than sit around and have know-nothing pundits and politicians in DC tell us what the American people think, we prefer to ask them directly,” Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas said in a statement. “And this partnership will allow us to conduct significantly more polling than any other media organization in the country.”
The SEIU has 2.2 million members in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. It spent $10 million in independent expenditures to support Democratic candidates last cycle, according to the Sunlight Foundation.
“This partnership helps our members continue their efforts to improve the lives of workers and their families and create a more just and humane society,” SEIU National Political Director Brandon Davis said.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.