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Newswise: Political ‘Oil Spill’: Polarization Is Growing Stronger — and Getting Stickier
Released: 10-Jun-2020 11:00 AM EDT
Political ‘Oil Spill’: Polarization Is Growing Stronger — and Getting Stickier
Penn State Institute for Computational and Data Sciences

Experts have documented that political polarization is intensifying in the United States. However, a Penn State sociologist now suggests that this separation isn’t just more intense, but it is also growing broader, coagulating into an ideological slick of opinions.

Newswise: Banning Covert Foreign Election Interference
Released: 9-Jun-2020 1:45 PM EDT
Banning Covert Foreign Election Interference
Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

The United States is one of the countries that is most susceptible to foreign election interference. To safeguard the U.S. elections in November, Robert K. Knake argues that the United States and other democracies should agree to not interfere in foreign elections.

Newswise: Study Shows Without the US, International Climate Change Agreement Could be Reached – But It Would Require Major Additional Contributions from Large Developing Countries
Released: 25-Sep-2019 2:05 PM EDT
Study Shows Without the US, International Climate Change Agreement Could be Reached – But It Would Require Major Additional Contributions from Large Developing Countries
Stony Brook University

With the United States withdrawing from the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, questions arise about the future global success of mitigating the effects of climate change. A new study addresses these questions in a recently published paper in the Journal of Theoretical Politics.

Released: 10-Sep-2019 7:05 PM EDT
Shocks to Social Capital: 30 Days After Terror Attack, Institutional Trust Falls to Pre-Incident Levels, Study Finds
University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)

A new study from researchers at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, found that the 2015 Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack led to a significant increase in social capital immediately following the incident. However, the boost in social capital reverts to pre-attack levels within 30 days.

Released: 28-Jun-2019 1:30 PM EDT
Opposition to Muslim Ban Continues, Thanks to American Values
University of Delaware

A new study found movements that promote American inclusiveness can have a lasting impact on policies that target racial, ethnic or religious minority groups, such as Trump’s "Muslim ban." The study suggests policy attitudes related to stigmatized groups are more malleable than previously assumed.

Newswise: Economists to present model showing success of unconventional monetary policies to Fed officials
Released: 3-Jun-2019 2:05 PM EDT
Economists to present model showing success of unconventional monetary policies to Fed officials
University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame associate professors Cynthia Wu and Eric Sims will present the findings in their paper on assessing the agency’s tools for dealing with economic decline to Fed Chairman Jerome Powell and other high-level economists at a Fed conference in Chicago June 4-5.

Newswise: Youth Voter Turnout Analysis Shows Across-the-Board Increases in 2018 Midterms
Released: 2-Apr-2019 4:25 PM EDT
Youth Voter Turnout Analysis Shows Across-the-Board Increases in 2018 Midterms
Tufts University

Youth voter turnout (ages 18-29) increased in the 2018 midterm election in all 34 states for which data are available, according to two new analyses from the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning & Engagement (CIRCLE).

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14-Dec-2018 1:05 PM EST
How Children & Teens Die in America: Study Reveals the Widespread & Persistent Role of Firearms
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

America lost 20,360 children and teens in 2016 -- 60 percent of them to preventable injuries, a new study shows. But while death rates from the top cause – motor vehicle crashes – have declined steadily since 1999, rates from the second-leading cause - firearms - have gone up. It’s the first time all causes of child and adolescent death have been tallied by both mechanism and intent.

Newswise: White Americans See Many Immigrants as 'Illegal' Until Proven Otherwise, Survey Finds
Released: 11-Oct-2018 3:45 PM EDT
White Americans See Many Immigrants as 'Illegal' Until Proven Otherwise, Survey Finds
Washington University in St. Louis

Fueled by political rhetoric evoking dangerous criminal immigrants, many white Americans assume low-status immigrants from Mexico, El Salvador, Syria, Somalia and other countries President Donald Trump labeled "shithole" nations have no legal right to be in the United States, new research in the journal American Sociological Review suggests.

Newswise: Affordable Care Act Puts Single Mothers to Work
Released: 16-Aug-2018 11:05 AM EDT
Affordable Care Act Puts Single Mothers to Work
University of Georgia

Single mothers work more when the government provides better health insurance, according to economic policy research.

Newswise: Anger, Anxiety Motivating Voters in 2018
Released: 13-Jul-2018 3:20 AM EDT
Anger, Anxiety Motivating Voters in 2018
University of Delaware

The political climate has Americans fuming and they report feeling less hopeful and proud heading into the midterm elections. A new national poll found emotions driving increased involvement and engagement as November approaches, especially among women and Millennials.

Newswise: Study Says Charisma Trumped Narcissism for 
Voters in 2016 U.S. Presidential Election
Released: 10-Apr-2018 8:00 AM EDT
Study Says Charisma Trumped Narcissism for Voters in 2016 U.S. Presidential Election
Florida Atlantic University

A new study of the 2016 U.S. presidential election suggests that narcissism and charisma are both important predictors of voter choice. Researchers found that attributed charisma may serve as a balance to narcissism. Thus, followers of a candidate potentially look beyond negative leadership qualities to select those leaders who they perceive to have redeeming positive attributes and values.

Newswise: Exclusive Research: Where the Youth Vote Could Matter Most in 2018
Released: 27-Mar-2018 3:30 PM EDT
Exclusive Research: Where the Youth Vote Could Matter Most in 2018
Tufts University

The 2018 Youth Electoral Significance Index (YESI) from Tisch College at Tufts University may answer how young voters will shape the future American political landscape by ranking the top districts and states where young people could have significant influence.

Newswise: FAU Poll Finds Floridians Support Ban on Assault-Style Rifles, Universal Background Checks and Raising Age to Buy Guns
Released: 28-Feb-2018 12:00 PM EST
FAU Poll Finds Floridians Support Ban on Assault-Style Rifles, Universal Background Checks and Raising Age to Buy Guns
Florida Atlantic University

In the wake of a mass shooting that took the lives of 17 students and teachers at a South Florida high school, a vast majority of Floridians support stricter gun laws, including a ban on assault-style rifles, universal background checks and raising the minimum age for gun purchasers, according to a statewide survey by the Florida Atlantic University Business and Economics Polling Initiative (FAU BEPI).

Newswise: WashU Expert: Porn Star Payment Raises Ethics Concerns
Released: 20-Feb-2018 3:05 PM EST
WashU Expert: Porn Star Payment Raises Ethics Concerns
Washington University in St. Louis

President Donald Trump’s private lawyer claims that he personally sent $130,000 to porn star Stephanie Clifford, who stated that she had an affair with Trump a decade ago, long prior to his election. The lawyer, Michael Cohen, claimed the payment was legal. But Peter Joy, a legal ethics expert at Washington University in St.

Newswise: WashU Expert: What Constitutes Treason?
Released: 6-Feb-2018 1:05 PM EST
WashU Expert: What Constitutes Treason?
Washington University in St. Louis

President Donald Trump has accused congressional Democrats of treason for failing to applaud his State of the Union address. That accusation has no basis in law, and it reflects a deeply disturbing political philosophy, says an expert on constitutional law at Washington University in St. Louis.The United States Constitution, Article III Section 3, explicitly and severely limits what Congress may punish as treason, said Greg Magarian, professor of law.

Newswise: Hassell Discovers What’s Really Behind a Primary Election
Released: 5-Jan-2018 12:05 PM EST
Hassell Discovers What’s Really Behind a Primary Election
Cornell College

Primary elections were created to give voters more of a voice in candidate selection before the general election. Cornell College Professor of Politics Hans Hassell has researched the topic for years and has discovered there’s more to the story.

Newswise: New Research: Americans Overwhelmingly Want Foreign Policy Supporting Gender Equality
Released: 16-Nov-2017 2:30 PM EST
New Research: Americans Overwhelmingly Want Foreign Policy Supporting Gender Equality
Tufts University

Most Americans strongly support a U.S. foreign policy that promotes global gender equality, according to a new survey by researchers at Tufts University. The survey also found that Americans’ support for the advancement of women and girls remains high even when those goals conflict with priorities, such as international trade or relations with friends and allies.

Newswise: Arkansas Poll Finds Arkansans Support Some LGBT Civil Rights But Not Others
Released: 7-Nov-2017 9:05 AM EST
Arkansas Poll Finds Arkansans Support Some LGBT Civil Rights But Not Others
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

The poll was designed and analyzed by Janine Parry, professor of political science at the U of A. The poll has a track record over its 19-year history of coming within two points of actual election outcomes.

Newswise: Efforts to Revive Coal Industry Unlikely to Work, May Slow Job Growth
Released: 27-Oct-2017 6:05 AM EDT
Efforts to Revive Coal Industry Unlikely to Work, May Slow Job Growth
Indiana University

Current federal efforts to revive the coal industry will likely do more harm than good to fragile Appalachian communities transitioning from coal as a major source of employment, according to a study conducted by Indiana University researchers.

Newswise: WashU Expert: CHIP Demise Devastating to Millions of American Children
Released: 5-Oct-2017 4:40 PM EDT
WashU Expert: CHIP Demise Devastating to Millions of American Children
Washington University in St. Louis

Congress allowed the federal Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) to expire Oct. 1, leading to the demise of one of the most successful government programs ever implemented, said an expert on health economics at Washington University in St. Louis.“CHIP has led to a substantial reduction in the uninsured rate for children, to the point where children now have only a 5 percent uninsured rate — the lowest ever,” said Tim McBride, professor at the Brown School and director of the Center for Health Economics and Policy.

Newswise: Study Examines Tolerance of Political Lies for Shared Views
Released: 3-Aug-2017 1:55 PM EDT
Study Examines Tolerance of Political Lies for Shared Views
University of Illinois at Chicago

A new study, from researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago and published online in Social Psychological and Personality Science, suggests people have more leniency for politicians’ lies when they bolster a shared belief that a specific political stance is morally right.

Newswise: Can Journalists Help Readers Navigate the Changing Media Landscape?
Released: 18-Jul-2017 3:05 PM EDT
Can Journalists Help Readers Navigate the Changing Media Landscape?
USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

As the media industry copes with fake news, journalists still relish the chance to tell stories that matter.

Newswise: FAU National Index Shows Hispanics Optimistic About Economy While Showing Growing Disfavor for Trump
Released: 11-Jul-2017 2:05 PM EDT
FAU National Index Shows Hispanics Optimistic About Economy While Showing Growing Disfavor for Trump
Florida Atlantic University

Hispanics in the U.S. are more optimistic about their financial situation as well as the U.S. economy as a whole but their dissatisfaction for U.S. President Donald Trump continues to increase, according to a new national consumer sentiment index conducted by the FAU Business and Economics Polling Initiative.

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Released: 23-May-2017 9:00 AM EDT
Despite Partisanship Surrounding Voter ID, Most Voters Don't Believe It Suppresses Turnout
University of Kansas

Most Americans — even average Democrats — do not accept the argument that voter identification laws can suppress voter turnout, according to a new study that includes a University of Kansas professor.

Newswise: New Biography Unveils Washington's Most Secretive Man
Released: 17-May-2017 9:00 AM EDT
New Biography Unveils Washington's Most Secretive Man
University of Vermont

In early 20th century Boston, the path to political power required one of two backgrounds: Yankee Boston or Irish Boston. The former demanded a Pilgrim or Puritan ancestor and a degree from Harvard. The latter called for an Irish-born father, a widowed mother and younger siblings that you helped raise in poverty. John W. McCormack, the 44th U.S. Speaker of the House from 1962-70, possessed neither of the Yankee requirements, and had no Irish ancestry. He did, however, grow up in extreme poverty in South Boston, and used that as a basis to fabricate his personal history when he ran for the Massachusetts House in 1920.

Newswise: Political Left, Right Similarly Motivated to Avoid Rival Views
Released: 25-Apr-2017 9:05 AM EDT
Political Left, Right Similarly Motivated to Avoid Rival Views
University of Illinois at Chicago

A new report from social psychologists at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Winnipeg suggests people on both sides of the political aisle are similarly motivated to dismiss monetary enticements in order to distance themselves from hearing or reading opposing ideals and information.

Newswise: In Negotiations, Two Jerks Are Better Than One
Released: 4-Apr-2017 12:05 PM EDT
In Negotiations, Two Jerks Are Better Than One
University of Georgia

Negotiations work best when both sides have matching personality traits—even if they’re both disagreeable—according to research from the University of Georgia Terry College of Business.

Newswise: Is Personal Adversity Contributing to Political Polarization?
Released: 27-Mar-2017 10:55 AM EDT
Is Personal Adversity Contributing to Political Polarization?
University at Buffalo

Unexpected life events can lead to political polarization, pushing moderates toward the spectrum’s extremes, according to study co-authored by UB psychologist.

Newswise: Study Shows Expanding Conflict-of-Interest Problem in Congress
Released: 2-Mar-2017 8:05 AM EST
Study Shows Expanding Conflict-of-Interest Problem in Congress
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

From 2005 to 2010, the average S&P 500 firm had seven members of Congress who owned stock in the firm, and some companies had closer to 100 members owning stock, according to a new study co-authored by a management professor at the University of Arkansas. The research suggests a growing conflict of interest problem among members of Congress.

Newswise: New Religious Movements Often Test Boundaries of the First Amendment
Released: 28-Feb-2017 9:00 AM EST
New Religious Movements Often Test Boundaries of the First Amendment
University of Kansas

A University of Kansas researcher who studies new and alternative religious movements in the United States said these questions repeatedly follow organizers of new religious movements, and these cases often test the boundaries of the First Amendment.

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Released: 21-Feb-2017 9:00 AM EST
Transgender Political Candidates Still Likely Face an Uphill Battle, Study Finds
University of Kansas

A new study led by a University of Kansas researcher found 35%-40% of adults would oppose a transgender candidate for office, which was higher than the 30% who would likely oppose a gay or lesbian candidate.


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