Third Eye Strategies Principal Stephen Clermont has worked in public opinion research and Democratic campaigns since 1993. He has worked with some of the most experienced researchers in the field – Harrison Hickman, Dr. Samuel Popkin, G. Evans Witt, Dr. Mary McIntosh, Larry Harris, and J. Bradley Coker.
As Senior Analyst at Hickman-Brown Research, Mr. Clermont managed all of the state polling for the Gore 2000 campaign, and worked on hundreds of polls for candidates at all levels of government. At Princeton Survey Research Associates, he worked on a variety of projects with complex methodologies and collaborated on the “State of the Campus Environment“, published by the National Wildlife Federation.
As Research Director of two nonprofit child advocacy organizations, Mr. Clermont directed several surveys to greater understand how to increase the importance and visibility of children’s issues in federal and state elections and hold politicians accountable for their voting records on children.
Working as an independent pollster, Mr. Clermont polled for the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee in New Mexico in the 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012 cycles. On the local level in New Mexico, Mr. Clermont polled for the successful campaigns of Mayor David Coss of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Mayor Ken Miyagishima of Las Cruces, and Mayor Tom Swisstack of Rio Rancho.
In the state of Wisconsin, he advised Wisconsin Assemblyman Thomas Nelson, the only Democrat in 2004 to unseat a sitting Republican in that state. Mr. Nelson has since become Major Leader of the Wisconsin Assembly when the Democrats took control of that body in 2008. Mr. Clermont helped advise the Assembly Democrats in their successful 2008 effort.
Successful ballot initiative campaigns include reforming the South Carolina state employee retirement fund; achieving public campaign financing in Albuquerque, New Mexico municipal elections; defeating an effort to build a highway through a national park; and winning raises for the police and firefighters of Albuquerque.