Douglas Schoen

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Douglas Schoen
Born (1953-06-27) June 27, 1953 (age 63)
Nationality United States
Education Harvard College, BA (magna cum laude), 1974
Harvard Law School, J.D.
Oxford University, PhD
Occupation Writer, pollster, editor, biographer, communications strategist, researcher, consultant, commentator, business executive, entrepreneur, and historian
Employer Research and strategic consultant, President Bill Clinton, 1994–2000
Lead strategic advisor, New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg
Commentator for Fox News
Consultant to Americans Elect
Penn, Schoen, and Berland Associates (a strategic research firm), founding partner and chair
Communications strategist, strategic researcher, and consultant for major corporations, businesses, politicians, and political leaders.
Political party Democratic party (United States)
Board member of Phoenix House
Public Color
International Crisis Group
Street Squash
other charitable organizations
Website Douglas E. Schoen Home Page
HarperCollins Web site

Douglas Schoen is an American political analyst, pollster, author, and commentator. He is a political analyst for Fox News and a columnist for Newsmax. He partnered with political strategist Mark Penn and Michael Berland in the firm of Penn, Schoen & Berland. He believes that lower taxes would be a successful Democratic strategy, opposed President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, warned the Democratic Party to reject the Occupy Wall Street protest, and recommended that President Obama not run for reelection in 2012.[3][4]

Schoen attended Horace Mann School in New York City.[5] While still a high school student, he canvassed the Upper West Side for Dick Morris.[2] He graduated from Harvard College (magna cum laude) and Harvard Law School[1][6] Schoen went to high school with Mark Penn and then worked together with him on The Harvard Crimson.

He has worked on the campaigns of many Democratic party candidates including Ed Koch and Bill Clinton,[2] and on behalf of corporate clients. He also did work for Senator Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign and following her defeat became associated with the People United Means Action movement of disaffected Clinton supporters who refused to support Barack Obama.[7][8] Schoen was a consultant for Jeff Greene in the 2010 Florida Senate election.[9]


Schoen said that President Obama should not seek reelection in 2012. He has stated that the President has divided the country along partisan lines, and said that the Affordable Care Act had been a "disaster" for the Democratic Party.[3][4]

Schoen has been critical of the Occupy Wall Street protest movement. In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, he wrote, "President Obama and the Democratic leadership are making a critical error in embracing the Occupy Wall Street movement—and it may cost them the 2012 election."[3][10] He believes that the protesters represent "an unrepresentative segment of the electorate that believes in radical redistribution of wealth, civil disobedience and, in some instances, violence," and that their common bond is "a deep commitment to left-wing policies."[3][10] Schoen believes that the Democratic Party should not appeal to voters who support taxing oil companies and the rich, but rather to voters in the middle who want lower taxes.[3][11][12][13]


'The Russia-China Axis:The New Cold War and America's Crisis of Leadership' with Melik Kaylan; Encounter Books,USA (3 Nov. 2014) ISBN 1594037566


  1. ^ a b "Douglas E. Schoen." Contemporary Authors Online. Detroit: Gale, 2010. Gale Biography in Context. Web. Fee, via Fairfax County Public Library. Retrieved November 3, 2010. Document URL Gale Document Number: GALE|H1000192962
  2. ^ a b c Stengel, Richard; Pooley, Eric; August, Melissa; Birnbaum, Jeffrey H.; Duffy, Michael; McAllister, J.F.O.; Novak, Viveca; Edwards, Tamala M. (November 18, 1996). "Masters of the Message". Time. Retrieved November 3, 2010. The client was the President. Morris asked Schoen if he was interested in doing some polling for the White House. It was an offer no pollster could refuse. Schoen was also eager to work with Morris, who had been a mentor to him. In high school Schoen had canvassed races for Morris on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Schoen and his partner, Penn, who had attended Harvard together, later distinguished themselves as New Democratic consultants and pollsters for Mayor Ed Koch of New York City, Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Evan Bayh of Indiana. They had also polled for a succession of Arkansas politicians, including Clinton's rival, former Governor Jim Guy Tucker. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Schoen warns W.H.: Don't back 'Occupy' By MJ Lee, Politico, October 18, 2011
  4. ^ a b Opinion | One and done: To be a great president, Obama should not seek reelection in 2012 By Douglas E. Schoen and Patrick H. Caddell, November 14, 2010
  5. ^ Weisberg, Jacob (August 7, 1995). "Who is Dick Morris?". New York Magazine. pp. 34 et seq. Retrieved November 3, 2010. Penn and Schoen are... city bred prodigies. The two attended Horace Mann together and became a political team at Harvard, where they worked on the Crimson.... As pollsters, the Laurel and Hardy-ish pair are known for a hard quantitative bent.... But if Penn and Schoen are moderates.... 
  6. ^ "About Doug". Retrieved November 3, 2010. 
  7. ^ Steve Benen Clinton pollster urges senator to go relentlessly negative April 16, 2008
  8. ^ Glenn Greenwald Douglas Schoen and Hillary's slimy pollsters September 27, 2008
  9. ^ Dems worry about a subprime billionaire (Jeff Greene) in Florida April 28, 2010
  10. ^ a b Polling the Occupy Wall Street Crowd: In interviews, protesters show that they are leftists out of step with most American voters. Yet Democrats are embracing them anyway. By DOUGLAS SCHOEN, Wall Street Journal, October 18, 2011
  11. ^ Survey: Many Occupy Wall Street protesters are unhappy Democrats who want more influence, By Azi Paybarah, Capital New York, October 18, 2011
  12. ^ Doug Schoen Grossly Misrepresents His Own Poll Results To Smear Occupy Wall Street By Judd Legum, Think Progress,Oct 18, 2011
  13. ^ Benen, Steve. "Doug Schoen isn't helping his reputation". Political Animal blog. Washington Monthly. Retrieved October 19, 2011. 

Further reading[edit]

  • ABA Journal, May 1980, Gerald C. Tobin, review of Pat: A Biography of Daniel Patrick Moynihan, p. 618.
  • America, May 5, 1979, Joseph P. Parkes, review of Pat, p. 377.
  • Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, January 1978, review of Enoch Powell and the Powellites, p. 332.
  • Commentary, November 1, 1979, James A. Nuechterlein, review of Pat, p. 85; September 1, 2007, Dan DiSalvo, "The Pollster," review of The Power of the Vote, p. 77.
  • Foreign Affairs, May–June 2009, Richard Feinberg, review of Threat Closer to Home: Hugo Chávez and the War against America, p. 177.
  • Kirkus Reviews, December 15, 2008, review of Threat Closer to Home.
  • Library Journal, June 1, 1979, review of Pat, p. 1238.
  • The New Republic, September 15, 1979, Carl Gershman, review of Pat, p. 37.
  • New York Times Book Review, June 17, 1979, Walter Goodman, review of Pat, p. 11.
  • Publishers Weekly, March 26, 1979, review of Pat, p. 72; June 9, 2008, "Schoen Solutions," review of The Political Fix: Changing the Game of American Democracy, from the Grassroots to the White House, p. 8
  • Publishers Weekly, April 20, 2009, review of What Makes You Tick? How Successful People Do It—and What You Can Learn from Them, p. 44.
  • Reference & Research Book News, February 2005, review of On the Campaign Trail: The Long Road of Presidential Politics, 1860–2004, p. 171.
  • Wall Street Journal, January 6, 2009, Mary Anastasia O'Grady, "Abuse of Power: Threat Closer to Home, by Douglas E. Schoen and Michael Rowan," review of Threat Closer to Home, p. A13.
  • Washington Monthly, May 1979, review of Pat, p. 61.
  • Washington Post Book World, February 22, 2009, Linda Robinson, "How Dangerous Is This Man?," review of Threat Closer to Home, p. B7.
  • Green, Joshua. "Hype or perish: how to become a cable TV expert on the Tea Party when there's really nothing new to say." Washington Monthly Sept.-Oct. 2010: 98+. Gale Biography In Context. Web. Nov 3, 2010. Review of Mad as Hell.

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