2012 The Root 100

A pollster for the Obama 2012 effort, Cornell Belcher has a finger on the pulse of the U.S. voter.

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  • Cornell Belcher

  • A pollster for the Obama 2012 campaign who has a finger on the pulse of the U.S. voter.
  • Job: Pollster and Democratic strategist
  • Sector: Government/Politics
  • Twitter: @cornellbelcher
  • Location: Washington, D.C.
  • Age: 43
  • Bio: Cornell Belcher is the first African American to serve as a pollster for either major national political party. A former pollster for the Democratic Party, he served on Barack Obama's 2008 campaign and is reprising that role for 2012. He has been an analyst for CNN. In the future, Belcher told The Root in July 2012, "You're going to see a browner electorate, and an electorate that is ideologically different than it is right now. So, I'm optimistic, but I think we're going to see a very tumultuous decade politically because of these changes." Belcher isn't surprised when polls reveal the racial divide but it bothers him that society doesn't talk about it. "We're two very different countries racially," he told PBS NewsHour back in 2009. "So unless we're having these conversations and understanding each side, we can't move forward."