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Released: 16-Jan-2024 8:30 AM EST
What U.S. legislators do when they can’t pass laws
Ohio State University

The 118th Congress passed fewer than 30 new laws in 2023, the least in decades. But that doesn’t necessarily mean U.S. representatives weren’t finding other ways to get things done. A recent book uses newly uncovered data to explore how lawmakers work through federal agencies to accomplish their goals – without the necessity of passing laws.

10-Aug-2023 12:55 PM EDT
What’s the Risk of a Mass Shooting at Your School?
Society for Risk Analysis (SRA)

In a new study published by the journal Risk Analysis, scientists at Iowa State University calculate the annual probability of a mass shooting in every state and at public places such as shopping malls and schools. Their new method for quantifying the risk of a mass shooting in specific places could help security officials make informed decisions when planning for emergency events.

8-Oct-2021 2:55 PM EDT
Democrat-led states tended to have stronger response to COVID-19, which improved health outcomes, study shows
Binghamton University, State University of New York

States with Democratic leaders tended to have responded more strongly to COVID-19 and have seen a lower rate of the spread of the virus, according to new research led by faculty at Binghamton University, State University of New York.

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.

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.

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.

Released: 2-Nov-2020 11:10 AM EST
Voters’ Emotional Reactions A Barrier for Trump
George Washington University

How President Trump makes voters feel may be a barrier to his path to victory according to new polling research from the George Washington University.

Released: 22-Sep-2020 3:35 PM EDT
COVID-19 Opens a Partisan Gap on Voting by Mail
University of California San Diego

Study by UC’s New Electorate Project documents a growing divide on preferences for absentee ballots. 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.

Released: 4-Sep-2020 5:35 PM EDT
Mask mandates delayed by nearly a month in Republican-led states, UW study finds
University of Washington

Political science researchers at the University of Washington examined the factors associated with statewide mask mandates during the COVID-19 pandemic. When controlling for other factors, states with Republican governors delayed imposing broad indoor mask requirements by nearly a month.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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