Washington, D.C. (April 28, 2009) – As the White House and Congressional leaders seek to move the country dramatically left, some of America’s most prominent conservative leaders, strategists, academic voting behavior experts and professional pollsters have come together to form Resurgent Republic, an independent, not-for-profit organization that aims to shape the debate over the proper role of government.
Resurgent Republic will promote market-oriented policies, lower taxes and economic growth, and strong national security policies. It will help policy makers, think tanks, interest groups and others advocate for policies that are consistent with conservative principles, and oppose policies that stifle job creation, weaken national security and undermine values that have made America a great country.
Ed Gillespie, a former chairman of the Republican National Committee and counselor to President Bush, and Whit Ayres, a respected public affairs professional with a long track record of helping to influence public opinion, are the original board members.
“Our nation is at an historical juncture and the actions we take today with regards to promoting free market principles will have an impact for a generation or more,” said Gillespie. “Resurgent Republic will serve as a strategic resource for the general public, policy makers and Congressional leaders.”
Resurgent Republic will conduct survey research and focus groups to gauge public opinion about policy proposals under consideration by the White House and Congress, and make survey and focus group results publicly available. In addition to disseminating public opinion data and analyses, Resurgent Republic will sponsor panel discussions on issues featuring members of its various Advisory Boards.
The organization will establish an online presence with www.ResurgentRepublic.com , a website where the public can go to find the latest research and public opinion projects.
Resurgent Republic will release its first survey on Wednesday, with an emphasis on President Obama’s budget.