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The Mississippi Flag Debate: Updating the Strategy for Change

Less than three years ago, Brad Chism wrote a memo to Mississippi Democratic political leaders about the Path to a New State Flag, warning that “we are not there yet and a referendum in 2018 is very likely to fail.” Here are excerpts from that fall 2017 memo and an updated persp…

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The American electorate is in a rare “Persuasion Window"

There’s no shortage of Zoom meetings and webinars for political practitioners to access during this second quarter of the Covid Pandemic. We attend more than our share looking for the “new new thing” on behalf of our clients. And occasionally we learn of insights that help …

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Mississippi Voters: Protect Public Education Dollars During State Budget Shortfall

Voters Consider Options for Raising New Revenue; Presidential Race Now in Single Digits  Mississippi voters would like lawmakers and state leaders to safeguard public education dollars in the face of a massive state budget shortfall that may amount to as much as $800 million this fisca…

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Statewide MS Poll Shows Voters Equally Divided Over Retiring State Flag

Statewide MS Poll Shows Voters Equally Divided Over Retiring State Flag On June 10, 2020, Chism Strategies conducted a statewide survey to measure voter opinion on the current state flag.  We found likely voters are statistically tied on whether to keep or replace the state’s fla…

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Coronavirus Pandemic Causing Deep Health, Economic, and Electoral Concerns in Mississippi

Trump Holds 11-point Lead; Voters Embrace Mail-in-Balloting for November Mississippians are deeply concerned about the coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having on their health and safety as well as the economy and their communities. The spring quarterly Millsaps College/Chism Strate…

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Democratic Primary Voters Want Ideological Balance on the Ticket

A nationwide TEXT-IT Poll ® by Chism Strategies revealed that Democratic primary voters across the country rank ideological balance ahead of gender diversity (43% - 23%) when asked about the best way to balance the ticket.  However, when offered a list of potential Vice-Presid…

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Introducing our TEXT-IT (Exit) Poll

Yesterday we launched our TEXT-IT Exit Poll in Super Tuesday states. We interviewed 585 Democratic primary voters with a 10 question survey across four different time zones and produced an accurately weighed report with a 4.05% Margin of Error less than 24 hours from the start of surveys to …

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Chism Strategies Wins Reed Award

Chism Strategies Wins Reed Award for SMS Social Pressure Innovations in Dallas Mayoral Race Chism Strategies was singled out by Campaigns and Elections Magazine at the Annual Reed Awards Ceremony for a Social Pressure Texting Program in Eric Johnson’s Successful Campaign for Mayor of …

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By Popular Demand, the Politiqs Essays Return

By Popular Demand, the Politiqs Essays Return We appreciate all our clients and other political professionals who have inquired recently about our PolitIQs series that we had suspended in 2019 under the load of the fall campaign season. Today we renew this regular email series with a summ…

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An Open Letter to Mississippi Democrats

Last week’s Republican sweep of statewide office and the margin of the Reeves victory are troubling for most Democrats in our state. Monday morning quarterbacking is inevitable, and many of the observations have merit. I’d like to offer my perspective gained in more than two de…

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