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Thomas Jefferson, Donald Trump, and Freedom of the Press

Americans overwhelmingly  oppose government restrictions on the press. They disagree with Trump attacks on the media and worry that the attacks could incite violence. (But Republicans see this differently.)

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What types of food aid programs do Americans prefer, and why?

The American public is split on the kinds of welfare programs they support: some people prefer free programs and others prefer programs that require families to incur some costs. This mirrors a similar split in policy and practice, for instance in the debate about aid programs’ work requirements.

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Trump’s boomerang effect on trust and motivation

This post presents results from a survey on Americans’ feelings when following the news about President Trump and his Administration, and how the news might affect their voting behavior in the midterm elections.

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No regrets: Older adults reflect on their Social Security claiming decisions

This post discusses findings from a qualitative study on older adults’ ex post assessment of their decision of when to claim their Social Security retirement benefit.

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When Survey Respondents Don’t Pay Attention

We used a trap question to study if respondents were paying attention in a survey. We found that not paying attention was related to personality traits and lower levels of survey effort.

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The Price of Votes: Exploring the Effect of Ad Spending in the Last Presidential Campaign

Can ad spending change voter’s choice for President? A new approach uses administrative data and the Understanding America Study to evaluate the ability of campaign advertisements to persuade voters. (more…)

Through the Lens of Populism: The 2016 Election

This blog discusses how populist beliefs and disagreement with evidence-based statements vary by favored presidential candidate, political party, region of the country, and who won the election.

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What are the Effects of Recipient Contribution Requirements on Public Support for Social Programs?

This post discusses whether beneficiary contributions affect public support for social protection and charitable initiatives.

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Are We All Snobs? How Personal Tastes Affect Our Judgment of Others

Do stereotypes of “high-brow” and “low-brow” tastes affect how Americans judge one another?  This post examines whether we respond more positively to people who display high status tastes.

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The Woes of Collecting Public Opinion: Lessons from an Outlier Election Poll.

Life lessons when academia meets the press:  What we learned from our experience moonlighting as an outlier poll during a contested election.

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