How the Democrats could take back the House in 2018



20 June 2017


University of Sydney Business School (CBD Campus), Stockland Building, Level 17, 133 Castlereagh Street, Sydney


Public event

Democrats are traditionally bad at Midterm Election turnout, but could that be about to change under President Donald Trump? The President’s historically low approval ratings and a newly invigorated progressive movement have Democrats dreaming of a big win in next year’s midterm elections.

They'll need to pick up 24 seats to take back the House in 2018, and to weigh up their chances the US Studies Centre invited renowned American pollster Anna Greenberg (Greenberg Quinlan Rosner) and the Washington Post’s Dana Milbank to chart a path to potential victory at a special panel event.

US Studies Centre CEO Simon Jackman moderated the discussion.

How the Democrats could take back the House in 2018


  • Anna Greenberg
    Anna Greenberg
    Partner, Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research

    Anna Greenberg has over 15 years of experience polling in the political, non-profit and academic sectors. She joined GQR in 2001, after teaching public opinion and survey research methodology at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. She was the lead pollster in many successful campaigns including for Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, Governor Tom Wolf, Governor Ned Lamont and Congresswoman Lizzie Pannill Fletcher.

  • Dana Milbank
    Dana Milbank
    Columnist, The Washington Post

    Dana Milbank is a nationally syndicated op-ed columnist with The Washington Post.

    His column generally appears four times a week in the Post, and it runs in 275 other newspapers. It has for several years been the most popular opinion column on the Post’s website. Milbank also provides political commentary...

  • Professor Simon Jackman
    Professor Simon Jackman

    Professor Simon Jackman was Chief Executive Officer of the United States Studies Centre from April 2016 to May 2022. Between 1996 and 2016, he was a Professor of Political Science and Statistics at Stanford University. Jackman's teaching and research centres on public opinion, election campaigns, political participation, and electoral systems with special emphasis on American and Australian politics.