As Research Director, Ben Winston helps clients across the west and in Washington D.C. address pressing questions and advance progressive change through public opinion research and strategic advice.
Prior to joining S360, Ben was a Senior Associate at Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, and Research Director at The Feldman Group in Washington DC. He has polled for four sitting U.S. Senators, ran the University of Southern California / Los Angeles Timesstatewide poll, and aided several major corporate brands and organizations with nuanced analysis of market trends.
With a background in political psychology, Ben is a trained moderator and has overseen over 50 focus groups across the country on topics ranging from elections to healthcare to campaign finance laws. Ben also has significant experience using emerging online technologies like Qualboards, online focus groups, and mixed-mode methodologies to meet clients’ needs in an environment where fewer people take telephone surveys.
Ben’s work played a key role in the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s national research in 2018, sharpening its messaging as Democrats picked up 40 seats and won the House. His research on low-propensity voters drove the DCCC’s historic $30 million investment to turn out diverse voters, women, and millennials. In 2017, his research helped Jenny Durkan emerge from a crowded field to be elected the Mayor of Seattle, and in 2015, he polled for Honest Elections Seattle in the successful effort to pass I-122, which implemented numerous campaign finance reforms and the democracy voucher system the city uses today.
He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with degrees in Political Science and Psychology. Outside the office, he can usually be found on a soccer field.