Celinda Lake

Celinda Lake, the president of Lake Research Partners, is a pollster and political strategist for Democrats and progressives.

Recent Articles

New Voters, New Values

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Barack Obama would have lost the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections had a new set of voters not joined the American electorate—voters who brought with them a range of values that differed sharply from those of more traditional voters. These changing values—on such issues as personal social responsibility, the role of government, sexual mores, gender roles, and America’s place in the world—underpin the decisions these voters made on Election Day and provide a basis for understanding Obama’s victory. They also signify profound changes to American politics and pose elemental challenges to both the Republican and Democratic parties in coming years. As the values of the new American electorate (Latinos, women, the young, the unmarried) clash with those of the old (particularly white married men over 35), the country could see a shift not only in voting patterns but also in public policy. Consider these different groups’ answers when asked if they...

Six Tasks for Progressives

This piece is part of the Prospect' s series on progressives' strategy over the next 40 years. To read the introduction, click here . We have six tasks we must perform to build the kind of country America needs to be. The single most important is to outline a clear progressive economics. People want to know what the progressive economic perspective is, particularly now when so many centrist and conservative policies are in disrepute. Our economic perspective really hasn’t permeated public consciousness yet. We have few if any candidates running on implementing such policies, and if they’re elected and do implement those policies, they don’t talk about them. Even when our candidates articulate an economic narrative, they add every other policy area to their talk. We need a much more disciplined focus on explaining our economic narrative. We need to recruit a cohort of candidates to run in 2014 on these themes: Here’s our agenda; here’s how it creates jobs...