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Released: 30-Nov-2021 4:55 PM EST
The biggest threat to your political candidate may be your friends
Cornell University

New Cornell University research uses mathematical modeling to show that type of thinking can have the opposite effect, resulting in the election of politicians who do not represent the preferences of the electorate as a whole.

Newswise: Political ads during the 2020 presidential election cycle collected personal information and spread misleading information
Released: 9-Nov-2021 8:55 AM EST
Political ads during the 2020 presidential election cycle collected personal information and spread misleading information
University of Washington

University of Washington researchers looked at almost 56,000 political ads from almost 750 news sites between September 2020 and January 2021. Political ads used multiple tactics that concerned the researchers, including posing as a poll to collect people’s personal information or having headlines that might affect web surfers’ views of candidates.

Released: 4-Nov-2021 8:50 AM EDT
Critical Race Theory (CRT) is not being taught in K-12 schools, but that didn't stop Virginia Governor-Elect Glenn Youngkin from vowing to ban it

"There is a significant effort to frame CRT as a Red Herring in the political race leading up to the 2022 election season. In order to protect the public interest of schooling and the credibility of the teaching profession, it’s really important for people to actually research the issues and learn from multiple, trust-worthy, and verified sources (not just social media or their immediate friend groups)," says Prof Rebecca Jacobsen of Michigan State University.

Released: 2-Nov-2021 5:35 PM EDT
Researchers quantify the role of the pandemic in the 2020 U.S. Elections
NYU Tandon School of Engineering

In the media, a prevalent narrative is that Donald Trump lost the 2020 elections because of the way he handled the COVID-19 pandemic. Several researchers determined that Trump would have won the electoral vote and lost the popular vote, as he did in 2016, if the pandemic had not occurred or if it had been mitigated.

Released: 28-Oct-2021 11:50 AM EDT
College student voting rates skyrocketed in 2020
Tufts University

Voter turnout among college students jumped to 66% in the 2020 presidential election, building on the momentum swing of the 2018 midterms, according to a report released today by the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education (IDHE) at Tufts University’s Tisch College of Civic Life.

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Released: 22-Oct-2021 11:15 AM EDT
UCI-led study showed the 2016 presidential election created negative changes in mental health across populations
University of California, Irvine

The 2016 election of former U.S. President Donald Trump was a highly contentious political event fraught with racist and anti-immigrant rhetoric that led to negative changes in mental health across several race/ethnic populations, according to a recent study conducted by University of California, Irvine public health researchers.

Released: 19-Oct-2021 5:05 PM EDT
The problems with supply chains did not just start when President Biden took office

In response to the continued supply chain woes people are feeling around the globe, Texas congressman Lance Gooden tweeted, "The United States didn't have a supply chain crisis until Joe Biden became president."

Released: 12-Oct-2021 10:05 AM EDT
NYS Voting Related Amendments Explained by Albany Law School Government Law Center
Albany Law School

When New York State voters go to the polls in November there will be three constitutional amendments on the ballot related to voting. The latest explainer from the Government Law Center (GLC) at Albany Law School breaks each one down.

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Released: 4-Oct-2021 3:15 PM EDT
VIDEO AND TRANSCRIPT AVAILABLE: Leverage Fact Check to Promote Experts: Newswise Live Webinar on Sept. 29th

Join the Newswise editorial team to learn how our Fact Check submission option can help your experts get placements with their commentary about important topics.

Released: 23-Sep-2021 3:30 PM EDT
Ranked choice, multimember districts could ‘handicap’ gerrymandering
Cornell University

New research from Cornell University lays out in detail why ranked-choice voting (RCV), combined with multi-member legislative districts, promotes fair representation and severely limits the gerrymanderers’ ability to draw themselves into the Election Day winner’s circle

Released: 15-Sep-2021 9:50 AM EDT
New GW Poll Shows Most Americans Approve of Biden, Confident in Future of US
George Washington University

A small majority of Americans approve of the job performance of President Joe Biden, according to a new survey by the Society of Presidential Pollsters at the George Washington University. A larger number of respondents also express confidence in the future of the country.

Newswise: How to Double Voter Turnout and Increase Representation during Local Elections
Released: 24-Aug-2021 8:05 AM EDT
How to Double Voter Turnout and Increase Representation during Local Elections
University of California San Diego

Low and uneven turnout is a serious problem for local democracy. However, simply moving off-cycle, local elections to be held on the same day as statewide and national contests doubles voter turnout and leads to an electorate that is considerably more representative in terms of race, age, class and partisanship, according to new University of California San Diego research.

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Released: 19-Aug-2021 3:00 PM EDT
VIDEO AND TRANSCRIPT AVAILABLE: Breakthrough Cases and COVID Boosters: Live Expert Panel for August 18, 2021

Expert Q&A: Do breakthrough cases mean we will soon need COVID boosters? The extremely contagious Delta variant continues to spread, prompting mask mandates, proof of vaccination, and other measures. Media invited to ask the experts about these and related topics.

Newswise: Study Compares FOX News and MSNBC Using 52,000 Transcripts, 283 Million Words
Released: 17-Aug-2021 8:30 AM EDT
Study Compares FOX News and MSNBC Using 52,000 Transcripts, 283 Million Words
Florida Atlantic University

Researchers quantified key psychosocial and sociopolitical markers to compare the 2020, 2016 and 2012 presidential elections. The language of these two networks was never more distinct, and never more volatile, than during coverage of political events associated with the last presidential election. Yet the differences in language of the two networks were primarily in measures of linguistic style, including noun and pronoun use. Sociopolitical markers to assess left-right differences in language use, including moral metaphors, grievances, values, and personality, showed relatively modest effects.

Newswise: Indiana’s Census 2020 Results: Metro Areas and Minority Populations Fuel State’s Growth
Released: 12-Aug-2021 5:30 PM EDT
Indiana’s Census 2020 Results: Metro Areas and Minority Populations Fuel State’s Growth
Indiana University

Latest results from the 2020 Census show that Indiana’s population growth over the past decade largely was driven by gains in a handful of metropolitan areas and exclusively through gains among the state’s minority populations, according to analysis by the Indiana Business Research Center at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.

Released: 11-Aug-2021 10:05 AM EDT
Government Law Center Releases New Explainer on Enforcement of the Voting Rights Act in the 21st Century
Albany Law School

The Government Law Center (GLC) at Albany Law School has just released its latest explainer to help attorneys, politicians, and the public understand the challenges of enforcement of the Voting Rights Act in the 21st Century.

Released: 10-Aug-2021 10:20 AM EDT
History Made: Digital Timeline of the 2020 Presidential Election
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

The Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University, invites you to relive the history-making 2020 presidential election with our new digital timeline, Tracking Gender in the 2020 Presidential Election.

Released: 26-Jul-2021 12:40 PM EDT
GW Politics Poll Finds Varying Confidence in State and Local Elections
George Washington University

Democratic voters continue to have more faith in state and local elections than Republicans, according to new data from the George Washington University Politics Poll.

Released: 28-Jun-2021 11:05 AM EDT
U.S. Presidents’ Narcissism Linked to International Conflict
Ohio State University

The most narcissistic U.S. presidents since 1897 preferred to instigate conflicts with other great power countries without seeking support from allies, a new study suggests.

Newswise: Stress from 2016 U.S. Presidential Election Associated with Significant Increase in Cardiac Events
Released: 20-May-2021 11:00 AM EDT
Stress from 2016 U.S. Presidential Election Associated with Significant Increase in Cardiac Events
University of North Carolina School of Medicine

A new study in the Journal of the American Heart Association is the first to show that exposure to a stressful political election is strongly associated with an increase in potentially life-threatening cardiac events.

Released: 18-May-2021 6:20 PM EDT
Ranked-Choice Voting gives voice to diverse electorate
University of Utah

An alternative approach to the electoral process, Ranked-Choice Voting, was deployed for the first time in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary in five states. An analysis of the results of those primaries reveals this approach may give enhanced insight into the priorities of women and minority voters.

Released: 14-Apr-2021 11:15 AM EDT
Study: More exposure to political TV ads heightens anxiety
Cornell University

Beyond attempting to move a large swath of the population to vote one way or another, the seemingly constant bombardment of negativity in the name of our democratic process is anxiety-inducing, researchers have found.

Released: 13-Apr-2021 10:05 AM EDT
Puerto Rico, Coronavirus Among Top Latino Twitter Topics During 2020 Election
George Washington University

Latinos discussed Puerto Rico and the COVID-19 pandemic more than any other subject on Twitter in the run-up to the 2020 election, according to researchers at the George Washington University. Spanish-language tweets mentioning “freedom” and “socialism” were also popular, while topics such as Obamacare and immigration did not gain much traction.

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Released: 1-Apr-2021 8:30 AM EDT
VIDEO and TRANSCRIPT: The Psychological Science of Racism Expert Panel

Panelists will discuss the psychological science of how racist attitudes and behaviors are formed, and how they can be influencedd, using science.

Released: 26-Mar-2021 11:05 AM EDT
Election expert available to discuss new Georgia voting law
Florida State University

By: Kathleen Haughney | Published: March 26, 2021 | 10:41 am | SHARE: A controversial measure in Georgia signed into law by Gov. Brian Kemp would put in place requirements that critics say curtail access to the ballot box.Florida State University Associate Professor of Law Michael Morley is available to provide commentary to reporters covering this story.

Released: 23-Mar-2021 1:10 PM EDT
Measuring Success: Women in 2020 Legislative Elections
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Measuring women’s electoral success means placing 2020 outcomes into historical and contemporary context. That is the work done in a new report released today by the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University. In Measuring Success: Women in 2020 Legislative Elections, CAWP breaks down 2020 congressional and state legislative data by gender, race, and party; puts this data into historical context, with specific comparisons to the 2018 election; analyzes women candidates’ paths to office and strategies for success; and looks ahead to what 2020 election outcomes mean for the future of women in American politics.

Released: 16-Mar-2021 4:05 PM EDT
She Votes: Women, the Workplace, and Pandemic Politics
American University

New Survey of Women Voters Shows That the Covid-19 Pandemic Has Widely Shifted Perceptions of American Politics, Work Norms, and Gender Roles.

Newswise: Why is Biden making Milwaukee his 1st presidential trip? Political scientist weighs in on reasons behind Wisconsin visit
Released: 16-Feb-2021 8:05 AM EST
Why is Biden making Milwaukee his 1st presidential trip? Political scientist weighs in on reasons behind Wisconsin visit
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

President Biden selected Milwaukee as the site of his first official trip since taking office. The city missed the chance to host candidate Biden last summer after the DNC was scaled back because of COVID. A Milwaukee political scientist weighs in on the reasons behind Biden’s milestone visit.

Released: 5-Feb-2021 10:30 AM EST
New nationwide survey shows MAGA supporters’ beliefs about the pandemic, the election and the insurrection
University of Washington

New data from the University of Washington, collected just before and after the Capitol riot, reveals fervent Trump voters' opinions about race, gender, the pandemic and the 2020 election.

Newswise: Presidential Transition Index uncovers institutional vulnerabilities, unmet legal provisions
Released: 21-Jan-2021 4:25 PM EST
Presidential Transition Index uncovers institutional vulnerabilities, unmet legal provisions
University of Notre Dame

The Presidential Transition Index (PTI) team at the University of Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs closely analyzed the completion of each legal requirement and ultimately rated the transition efforts at 76 percent.

Released: 21-Jan-2021 8:00 AM EST
WashU Experts: The first 100 Biden/Harris days
Washington University in St. Louis

Obamacare will get retooled, not repealed. A national mask mandate will boost consumer spending, research shows (though don't expect much from homeowners, they're strapped). The $300 billion for R&D should go to D, not R. So forecasts an array of WashU experts.

Released: 13-Jan-2021 1:35 PM EST
Expert ready to provide insights on presidential inauguration
Florida State University

By: Mark Blackwell Thomas | Published: January 13, 2021 | 1:01 pm | SHARE: In the midst of a pandemic and in the wake of an unprecedented attack on the U.S. Capitol, the 2021 presidential inauguration ceremony will differ sharply from those of years past.  President-elect Joseph R. Biden is set to take office on Jan. 20 amid a scaled-down event for which plans remain fluid, said inauguration expert Elizabeth Goldsmith, professor emerita at Florida State University.

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Released: 13-Jan-2021 11:20 AM EST
WashU Expert: Trump self-pardon might open him to prosecution
Washington University in St. Louis

As Donald Trump prepares to leave the presidency Jan. 20 in the wake of being accused of fomenting the riot at the U.S. Capitol, he is reportedly considering an unprecedented move: a self-pardon.While no president has ever pardoned himself, the act might be more trouble than it’s worth for Trump, notes a criminal law and Supreme Court expert at Washington University in St.

Newswise: New poll: After historic turnout, young people want change
Released: 12-Jan-2021 11:10 AM EST
New poll: After historic turnout, young people want change
Tufts University

Young people made their mark on the 2020 presidential election with a likely historic level of voter turnout and decisive impact in key states. After the election, young people remain engaged in civic and political life and are poised to continue pushing for change on a wide range of issues, according to findings from an exclusive post-election survey from Tisch College’s CIRCLE.

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