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New National Poll: Young Americans Favor Reforms
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New National Poll: Young Americans Favor Reforms

The time has come for reform on how the United States deals with the electoral process, the environment and social justice, according to a new national poll released by the University of Massachusetts Lowell (UMass Lowell) Center for Public Opinion that takes an in-depth look at the views of Americans age 18 to 39. The...

Researcher Found Female Candidates Are More Likely to Discuss the Economy Than Males
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Researcher Found Female Candidates Are More Likely to Discuss the Economy Than Males

In a new study published in Politics & Policy, Deserai Crow, PhD, associate professor at the University of Colorado Denver in the School of Public Affairs, found significant differences in rhetoric between both party affiliation and gender. Narratives from both Republican and Democratic candidates in 48 U.S. House campaigns from the 2018 midterm election were analyzed in this...

Black Police Officers Disciplined Disproportionately for Misconduct, Research Finds
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Black Police Officers Disciplined Disproportionately for Misconduct, Research Finds

An examination of racial differences in the disciplining of police officers in three of the largest U.S. cities consistently found that Black officers were more frequently disciplined for misconduct than White officers, despite an essentially equal number of allegations being leveled. This included allegations of severe misconduct. “We found a consistent pattern of racial differences...

Study Finds No Apparent Link Between Undocumented Immigration and Crime
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Study Finds No Apparent Link Between Undocumented Immigration and Crime

An analysis by a University at Buffalo-led team using two estimates of undocumented immigration suggests that, on average, this population reduced or had no effect on crime in 154 U.S. metropolitan areas studied, including places such as New York City, Chicago and Las Vegas. “Even after estimating the undocumented immigrant population in U.S. metropolitan areas...

New Model Examines How Societal Influences Affect U.S. Political Opinions
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New Model Examines How Societal Influences Affect U.S. Political Opinions

 Physics-inspired mathematical model simulates societal influences on political opinions Model breaks opinion change into perceptions and reactions Framework incorporates biases, such as tribalism and ‘media bubbles’ Model could simulate various interventions to explore how they may impact polarization and foster unity Northwestern University researchers have developed the first quantitative model that captures how politicized environments...

Will German Americans Again Put Donald Trump Over the Top in the Presidential Election?
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Will German Americans Again Put Donald Trump Over the Top in the Presidential Election?

German Americans paved Donald Trump’s road into the White House in 2016 through Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania. This ethnic group barely receives attention in American media and politics. The Midwest, home to many German Americans, is a battleground for the 2020 presidential election. Will this inconspicuous group yet again cast the deciding votes...

COVID Opens a Partisan Gap on Voting by Mail
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COVID Opens a Partisan Gap on Voting by Mail

Before the pandemic, there wasn’t any difference in the rates at which Democratic and Republican voters actually cast their ballots by mail or in-person. That may change now. Based on nationally representative surveys conducted in the spring of 2020 and through the summer, researchers report a significantly greater preference for mail, or absentee, ballots among...

Why You’re Getting So Many Political Text Messages Right Now
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Why You’re Getting So Many Political Text Messages Right Now

Text messages and emails from political campaigns are pouring into Americans’ phones and inboxes right now. It’s happening to political junkies, to people who gave their phone numbers to campaigns, and even to people who try to keep their contact information off mass mailing lists. I study political campaigns, including how they use social media...