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Stanley Bernard "Stan" Greenberg (born May 10, 1945) is a leading Democratic pollster and political strategist. He is a founding partner at Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research (GQR), a Washington D.C. headquartered political research and campaign company, that is closely affiliated with the Democratic Party. Stan Greenberg advised Presidential campaigns of Bill Clinton and Al Gore candidate president from Democratic party, as well as hundreds of other candidates and organizations in the United States, Latin America, Europe and around the world, including Gerhard Schröder, the former Chancellor of Germany and Tony Blair, the former British prime minister.[1][2]

Stan Greenberg
Stanley Bernard Greenberg

(1945-05-10) May 10, 1945 (age 74)
Alma materMiami University
Harvard University
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Rosa DeLauro

Life and careerEdit

Greenberg was brought up in Washington D.C. and has a Jewish background.[3] A political scientist who received his bachelor's degree from Miami University and his Ph.D. from Harvard, Greenberg spent a decade teaching at Yale University before becoming a political consultant.[1] His 1985 study of Reagan Democrats in Macomb County, Michigan became a classic of progressive political strategy, and the basis for his continuing argument that Democrats must actively work to present themselves as populists advocating the expansion of opportunity for the middle class.[1] As the pollster for Clinton in 1992, Greenberg was a major figure in the famed campaign "war room" (and hence the documentary film of the same name).[4]

He is the CEO of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, a polling and consulting firm,[5] and co-founder (with James Carville and Bob Shrum) of Democracy Corps, a non-profit organization which produces left-leaning political strategy.[6]

Greenberg's current and former corporate clients include British Petroleum, British Airways, Monsanto Company and General Motors.[7]


During his work for the Austrian SPÖ in 2001, Greenberg was criticized by FPÖ leader Jörg Haider because of his alleged negative campaigning.[8]

In May 2010 Greenberg was linked to a controversy involving White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. As a House member, Emanuel had lived for five years in a rent-free D.C. apartment jointly owned by Greenberg's wife, Democratic House member Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut, and Greenberg. During this time, Emanuel was chairman of a committee that awarded large polling contracts to Greenberg's firm.[9]

Following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Greenberg's work for BP became controversial. Greenberg's firm has been called a "prime architect" of BP's effort to rebrand itself as a green petroleum company.[9] As early as 2002, critics had deemed that effort "greenwashing".[10]

Personal lifeEdit

Greenberg is married to Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, who currently represents Connecticut's 3rd congressional district. Financial disclosures filed in Congress indicate that DeLauro is a multimillionaire.[11]


External video
  Booknotes interview with Greenberg on Middle Class Dreams, April 9, 1995, C-SPAN
  Washington Journal interview with Greenberg on The Two Americas, January 8, 2004, C-SPAN
  Presentation by Greenberg on The Two Americas, October 15, 2004, C-SPAN
  After Words interview with Greenberg on Dispatches from the War Room, May 27, 2009
  • Politics and Poverty: Modernization and Response in Five Poor Neighborhoods (1974)
  • Race and State in Capitalist Development: South Africa in Comparative Perspective (1980).
  • Legitimating the Illegitimate: State, Markets, and Resistance in South Africa (1987)
  • Middle Class Dreams: The Politics and Power of the New American Majority (1995)
  • The Two Americas: Our Current Political Deadlock and How to Break It (2004) ISBN 0-312-31838-3
  • Dispatches From The War Room: In The Trenches With Five Extraordinary Leaders (2009) ISBN 0-312-35152-6
  • America Ascendant: A Revolutionary Nation's Path to Addressing Its Deepest Problems and Leading the 21st Century (2015)
  • RIP GOP: How the New America Is Dooming the Republicans (2019) ISBN 978-125-0-31175-7



  1. ^ a b c "Stanley Greenberg Oral History (2005)". Miller Center, University of Virginia. January 27, 2005. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  2. ^ "Stanley Greenberg Oral History (2007)". Miller Center, University of Virginia. October 11, 2007. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  3. ^ Round, Simon (12 March 2009). "Interview: Stan Greenberg". Jewish Chronicle.
  4. ^ "The War Room Drill". Newsweek. October 31, 1992.
  5. ^ "Stanley B. Greenberg, Ph.D." Greenberg Quinlan Rosner. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  6. ^ "About the Founders". Democracy Corps. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  7. ^ Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research client list Archived 2010-08-24 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Cohen, Roger (March 12, 2001). "Haider the Rightist Is Firing Up Vienna's Election With Slurs". The New York Times. p. A8.
  9. ^ a b Malcolm, Andrew (June 7, 2010). "The ties that bind. Remember Rahm Emanuel's rent-free D.C. apartment? The owner: A BP adviser". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2016-06-07.
  10. ^ Stauber, John (December 7, 2002). "BP Oil's $200 Million Greenwashing Campaign". Center for Media and Democracy. Retrieved 2014-06-07.
  11. ^ Beaulieu, Scott (2011-08-23). "Sen. Blumenthal Is One of 10 Richest in Congress". NBC Connecticut. Retrieved 2013-08-25.

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