Chris Marshall has been Senior Analyst at The Mellman Group since 1999. He has worked extensively with political candidates both domestically and internationally, using a wide variety of cutting-edge quantitative and qualitative research techniques. He has conducted public opinion research for dozens of Democratic candidates at all levels of government, including President, the U.S. Senate, Congress, State Legislature, Mayor, and City Council.
Marshall’s campaign work includes the 2012 independent election efforts of Senator Claire McCaskill and Senator Tim Kaine, the 2012 election of Michigan Representative Dan Kildee, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn’s come-from-behind election in 2010, Senate Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin’s re-election campaign in 2008, Governor Jennifer Granholm’s 2006 gubernatorial re-election victory in Michigan and original 2002 gubernatorial election, John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign, Christine Gregoire’s 2004 gubernatorial victory in Washington, Mitch Landrieu’s mayoral victory in New Orleans in 2010, Dave Bing’s mayoral victories in Detroit in 2009, and the re-election campaigns of former House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and Representative Sandy Levin. Marshall has conducted research for numerous state legislative candidates in 17 states. Marshall also regularly conducts research for the DSCC and DCCC.
Marshall has been at the center of the most prominent message strategy campaigns on behalf of the nation’s leading environmental advocacy groups and conducted the research that was cited, in 2008, by both the Speaker of the House and the Senate Majority Leader as central in passing landmark CAFE legislation. That research led to the Mellman Group winning the “Pollster of the Year” award. Marshall also conducted the global warming research that then Chairman of the House Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming Ed Markey, in 2009, publicly credited as playing a key role in passing the climate bill in the House. Marshall has conducted research for the Natural Resources Defense Council, National Environmental Trust, Wilderness Society, Sierra Club, World Wildlife Fund, League of Conservation Voters, Conservation Defense Committee, SeaWeb, Marine Fish Conservation Network, Heritage Forest Campaign, Union of Concerned Scientists, Safer Chemicals Healthy Families, Arctic Refuge Coalition, Everglades Defense Council, Save Our Wild Salmon, Bureau of Land Management Wilderness Campaign, Clear The Air, Clean Air-Cool Planet, Apollo Alliance, Climate Group, Ceres Coalition, Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance and more.
In addition, Marshall has also conducted research for a wide variety of businesses and other organizations including Coca-Cola, SBC, Intuit, Recology, United Water, U.S. News and World Report, EMILY’s List, the World Bank, the AFL-CIO, SEIU, AFSCME, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Connecticut State Employee’s Association, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, People for Better TV, Wyeth-Aherst, various state education associations, the ARCA Foundation, Americans for Gun Safety, Handgun Control Inc., Doctors Against Handgun Injury, the American Nurses Association, the American Dental Association, Bell Atlantic, and others.
Prior to joining The Mellman Group, Marshall worked as a Senior Analyst at the polling firms of Lake Snell Perry & Associates and Cooper & Secrest Associates. An avid outdoorsman who hails from Great Falls, Virginia, Marshall holds a B.A. in Government and Philosophy from the University of Virginia, an M.A. in Political Science from Columbia University, and did 3 years of additional graduate work in political behavior at the University of Texas at Austin, where he helped analyze the first deliberative opinion poll conducted in the U.S.