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Jeanne Zaino
Jeanne Zaino, Ph.D., is a political analyst, columnist, author, pollster, and professor. She writes primarily on how social and behavioral research can help inform our understanding of current events and get us to think about issues of the day in new ways. Dr. Zaino trained at the Roper Center with Bud Roper, son of one of the founding fathers of modern polling, Elmo Roper and former Director, E. C. Ladd. She is frequently quoted in news stories and appears regularly on a variety of TV and radio shows to discuss American government and politics. Dr. Zaino is on the faculty in the Political Science & International Studies Department at Iona College in NY. She also teaches public opinion polling, campaign research, and strategic communications in the Political Campaign Management program at New York University-SCPS. You can follow her on Twitter @JeanneZaino. She can also be reached via linkedin or email (,, or

Entries by Jeanne Zaino

Almost Half of Israelis and Americans Agree: Netanyahu Should Not Speak to Congress

(21) Comments | Posted March 2, 2015 | 2:55 PM

Nearly half of Israelis say that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should not speak before Congress on Tuesday. The poll, taken earlier last month, is remarkably consistent with polls taken in the U.S. over the last few weeks.


According to an Army...

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Actress Emma Watson Applauds Men in Miniskirts

(1) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 4:18 PM

Thousands of men across Turkey and Azerbaijan are posting pictures of themselves on social media wearing miniskirts. They are not only taking photos, they are also taking to the streets to express solidarity with those who have been protesting violence against women in Turkey for over a week now.

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How a Young Woman's Murder Has Become a Rallying Cry for Change Across Turkey

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 4:39 PM

Last Wednesday, Ozgecan Aslan, a 20 year old psychology student, got on a mini-bus heading home from college. When her friend got off the bus, Aslan was left alone. What happened next is so heinous that it has not only shocked people across the globe, but led to...

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De Blasio's First Year: A Tale of Two Mayors -- Progressive Pioneer or City Leader

(3) Comments | Posted January 2, 2015 | 8:14 AM

On the one year anniversary of Bill de Blasio's term as mayor of New York City it is telling to look back at his inaugural address. His inauguration is primarily remembered for how cold it was (mid 20s-30s) and the divisive tone of the speakers (Harry...

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The Death of Polling: Can We Trust the Polls in 2016?

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 3:21 PM

Democrats weren't the only losers on Election night. As has been reported, pollsters also had egg on their face.


The first sign that things had gone awry was when we learned that the Virginia Senate race was too close to call....

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Tsunami, Tidal Wave or Earthquake?: The Battle of the Midterm Metaphors

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 2:33 PM


The night after the 2010 midterm election The Daily Show's Jon Stewart played a montage of metaphors used by pundits to describe the extent of the GOP's victory; among the most popular were "tidal wave," "tsunami," and "earthquake."

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Clinton v. Warren: A Battle for the Soul of the Democratic Party in NYC This Week

(51) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 3:55 PM

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Elizabeth Warren should be on cloud nine. In a speech on Friday the 'other woman' of Democratic politics, Hillary Clinton, made reference to Warren's most recent book Fighting Chance:

I want every one of our children to feel that they...
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Preventing Jihadi Johns & Saving Future James Foleys: Research on Combatting Homegrown Terrorism & Radicalization

(1) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 3:06 PM

The British government is close to identifying the Islamic state militant responsible for decapitating American journalist James Foley. The gruesome video depicting Foley's murder provided authorities with critical information regarding the masked man who until now has been known only by his nickname, "Jihadi John." One...

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A Pox on Both Their Houses: The Impeach Obama Drama or Why Americans Are So Fed Up With Washington

(0) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 10:08 AM

Want to know why Americans are so fed up with their government? The "Impeach Obama" drama that is consuming the nation's capital this week is instructive.


It would almost be amusing if it wasn't for the fact that the world is...

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Thank You for Your Service, But It's Time to Go Justice Ginsburg

(307) Comments | Posted June 27, 2014 | 11:24 AM

It's the time of year when the Supreme Court not only hands down high profile rulings, but the justices announce their intention to retire. For a while many thought Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, now 81, and the oldest serving member on the Court, might step aside.

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The Data Shows: Is 2014 Really "The Year of the Woman"?

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 10:13 AM

According to MSNBC's Joe Scarborough, the race for the Senate may come down to four women: Alison Lundergan Grimes (D-KY), Michelle Nunn (D-GA), Kay Hagan (D-NC), and Mary Landrieu (D-LA). The Weekly Standard's Bill Kristol cites four Republican women who can win in November: Shelley Moore...

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How Much Does Your Vote Cost?

(3) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 11:05 AM

You have to wonder what our founders would have thought about what happened a week ago Tuesday when polls opened in six key states and only a small number of voters came out? While they may have been shocked, it is telling that we were not surprised. Low voter turnout...

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Judge's Light Sentence for Convicted Rapist Sparks Outrage for the Legal Community

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 1:47 PM


Accusations of slut-shaming against members of the legal profession are nothing new. In 2012, for instance, defense attorney Steve Taylor was widely denounced for telling a jury that "like the spider and the fly. Wasn't [the victim] saying, 'Come into...

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Is Governor Christie Guilty of Slut-Shaming?

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 9:17 AM

Are Governor Chris Christie and his legal team guilty of slut-shaming?

That question has been asked repeatedly since the legal team hired by Christie released its findings last week. The report not only exonerated the Governor but raised questions about the personal sexual relationships and emotional state...

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Hillary Clinton's Achilles Heel: 2016

(15) Comments | Posted February 15, 2014 | 6:38 PM

Can you solve this analogy? Which alternative best replaces the question mark?

Clinton 2008: Iraq War
Clinton 2016: ?

a. Benghazi
b. Health care
c. Wall Street
d. Syria

Answer: Option C


The Iraq War upended Hillary Clinton's...

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What Do We Do Now?: Why Our Leaders Are Better at Campaigning Than Governing

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2013 | 11:36 AM

"What do we do now?" -- Bill McKay (aka Robert Redford), The Candidate


One of the big races this November is the campaign for mayor of New York City. This race is worth watching not because it is close (it isn't --...

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6 Lessons From the Government Shutdown

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 2:00 PM

In just a few hours the United States government is likely to enter its 18th partial shutdown since 1977. As we wait to see if there will be a last minute deal to avoid what has for days seemed inevitable, many people are asking two questions. How did...

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Where Are the 'Bad' Girls?: Why More Female Politcians Engaged in Scandal Might Be a Good Thing

(24) Comments | Posted August 13, 2013 | 8:45 AM

If a female politician was caught photographing her pubic area and texting it to young men, would she still be a candidate?

This question, posed by Gloria Steinem at a recent screening of the film Lovelace, got me thinking. She is right. A female pol couldn't get...

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Why We Are Fascinated By (and Rooting For) Huma

(33) Comments | Posted July 29, 2013 | 1:18 PM

Women are fascinated with Huma Abedin for the same reason we have always been riveted by long-suffering political wives: they give lie to what we are taught from the time we are young. More importantly, when they suffer indignities at the hands of their cheating spouses they have opportunities for...

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