Ben Krompak is the founder and director of Tulchin Research’s Midwest office and a leading progressive pollster specializing in strategic research, public policy, and message development. Krompak was part of the team that helped put Senator Bernie Sanders in serious contention for the Democratic nomination for President in 2016 and 2020 and recently helped to navigate Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams to victory in the 2021 Democratic primary for Mayor of New York City.
Ben specializes in directing research for caucus programs and multi-district independent expenditure campaigns. Ben has led polling for the Illinois House Democratic Caucus since 2014, providing strategic direction to one of the most successful caucus programs in the country and helping Democrats to win their largest state legislative supermajority in modern history in 2018. In 2018, he polled in competitive State Senate districts across the state across the state of Michigan, helping to flip five seats from Red-to-Blue. He polled for Senate Majority PAC in 2018 and 2020 and has polled extensively for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the California Assembly Democratic Caucus, and numerous other multi-district and multi-state efforts.
Ben has conducted hundreds of public opinion surveys and focus groups on issues ranging from education to wildlife conservation to health care to criminal justice. He has polled extensively for leading national environmental organizations including Defenders of Wildlife and the Environmental Defense Fund. He has conducted research on economic inequality and tax fairness and is an expert in progressive revenue strategies. He helped to develop the “California Millionaires’ Tax” initiative, which was ultimately merged with former Governor Jerry Brown’s successful 2012 state revenue measure and advised advocates working to establish a progressive state income tax in Illinois.
Ben was honored by the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC) in 2018 as one of the 40 best and brightest consulting professionals under 40 years old and by the Goldies Awards as a 2019 All-Star in politics and public affairs. He is a frequent trainer and guest lecturer on public opinion and progressive politics and has been part of the NLC Institute faculty for New Leaders Council chapters across the country. Ben’s writing has appeared in The Hill, the Sacramento Bee, and the Toledo City Paper. In 2016, he wrote and directed Runoff, an award-winning short narrative film examining tribal politics in the Trump era.
Ben lives in Toledo, Ohio with his wife Dr. Michele Grim, who serves on the Toledo City Council, and their dog Maximum Rocknroll (“Max”).