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How Ranking Republicans Is Like Ranking College Football Teams

The Huffington Post | Natalie Jackson | Posted 07.31.2015 | Politics

In college football, loudmouth legacy programs climb to the top, the easy-schedule teams try to avoid controversy, and the underdogs claim they belon...

HUFFPOLLSTER: Gallup Settles $12 Million Lawsuit Over Calls To Cell Phones

The Huffington Post | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 07.31.2015 | Politics

Gallup pays millions to settle a lawsuit it says is spurious. Clinton leads among Democratic activists; they love Bernie Sanders but don't think he c...

Public Attitudes about Birth Control

Kathleen Weldon | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Kathleen Weldon

Fifty years ago, just five years after the FDA approved the first birth control pill, the Supreme Court struck down a Connecticut state law that prohibited the use of "any drug, medicinal article, or instrument for the purpose of preventing conception," thereby making birth control legal nationwide for married couples.

Mark Blumenthal

HUFFPOLLSTER: Republicans Are Growing Dissatisfied With Their Party

HuffingtonPost.com | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 07.24.2015 | Politics

Negative perceptions of the Republican party are on the rise...among Republicans. Donald Trump may be leading in national polls, but Walker and Rubio ...

We Polled True Activist Grassroots Republicans, And Here's Who They're Backing

The Huffington Post | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 07.28.2015 | Politics

  Traditional polls provide a snapshot of what a few Americans think at any given moment. But a lot of Americans aren't even paying attention to...

The Deflation of Chris Christie

Peter J. Woolley | Posted 07.21.2015 | Politics
Peter J. Woolley

Christie must adapt, however awkwardly, to the zeitgeist of the Republican Party faithful. He once mastered the spirit of his own state. Perhaps he will do it again nationally. Perhaps he is chasing ghosts.

Public Opinion on the Confederate Flag and the Civil War

Kathleen Weldon | Posted 07.18.2015 | Politics
Kathleen Weldon

The Confederate flag is gone from the South Carolina statehouse. But public opinion on the meaning of the symbols of the Confederacy remains divided along racial and regional lines, part of a larger disagreement over the significance of the Civil War revealed in multiple polls.

The 2014 Electorate: The Continuing White Decline

Michael P. McDonald | Posted 07.20.2015 | Politics
Michael P. McDonald

The report reveals the continued changing racial and ethnic face of America, which Census demographers project to become majority-minority by 2044. A main reason is that Whites are simply not having as many children. As soon as 2020, demographers project the country's children will be majority-minority.

Mark Blumenthal

HUFFPOLLSTER: 2014 Marked A New Low In Voter Turnout

HuffingtonPost.com | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 07.17.2015 | Politics

A Census benchmark confirms that 2014 turnout was the lowest in decades. Ted Cruz joins the chorus criticizing Fox News for its use of polls to select...

Huddled Masses: Public Opinion & the 1965 US Immigration Act

Kathleen Weldon | Posted 07.13.2015 | Politics
Kathleen Weldon

The landmark U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, which shifted the criteria for admission of immigrants from a system of country quotas to the prioritization of family reunification and occupational skills, is now fifty years old.

Mark Blumenthal

HUFFPOLLSTER: A Closer Look At Iowa Polls

HuffingtonPost.com | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 07.10.2015 | Politics

We examine the widely varying polling methods being used in Iowa. The polling misfire in Greece raises questions about the accuracy of polling yet aga...

Natalie Jackson

Trump As Frontrunner? Not So Fast.

HuffingtonPost.com | Natalie Jackson | Posted 07.10.2015 | Politics

At least 10 companies have cut ties with businessman Donald Trump in the wake of comments he made about Mexican immigrants during his presidential cam...

Mark Blumenthal

Why The Polls In Greece Got It Wrong

HuffingtonPost.com | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 07.08.2015 | Politics

Sunday was a bad day for pollsters, adding yet another poor performance following a string of recent high-profile polling misfires. This time the fina...

Mark Blumenthal

HUFFPOLLSTER: Here's The Real Impact Trump Could Have On 2016

HuffingtonPost.com | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 07.16.2015 | Politics

Donald Trump's rise in the polls may be less important than the media "oxygen" he is consuming. A majority of Americans approve of the SCOTUS ruling o...

Yankee Doodle Polling: Public Opinion on Patriotism

Kathleen Weldon | Posted 06.29.2015 | Politics
Kathleen Weldon

Public opinion polls confirm what foreign observers have often noted: Americans are a very patriotic people. But what does patriotism mean to the U.S. public, and how tightly is the ideal bound to its symbols?

Mark Blumenthal

HUFFPOLLSTER: What The Latest Polls Don't Mean For 2016

HuffingtonPost.com | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 06.26.2015 | Politics

Shifts in the 2016 polls may be less meaningful than they seem. Donald Trump's "surge" may be less than meets the eye. And the latest CDC estimates sh...

Seventy Years of U.S. Public Opinion on the United Nations

Kathleen Weldon | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics
Kathleen Weldon

On June 26, 1945, delegates from fifty nations gathered in the auditorium of Veterans Memorial Hall in San Francisco to sign the new United Nations charter. The war-weary American people watched the development of this new international organization with significant hope and a touch of skepticism.

Mark Blumenthal

HUFFPOLLSTER: New FCC Rules Could Make Polling More Expensive, Less Accurate

HuffingtonPost.com | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics

The FCC gives pollsters heartburn with new rules that toughen restrictions on the use of "autodialers" to call cell phones. Yet, surveys that don't us...

Janie Velencia

Bernie Sanders Gains In New Hampshire Primary Polls

HuffingtonPost.com | Janie Velencia | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has gained support in New Hampshire Democratic presidential primary polls and is now within 10 percentage points of front-...

Natalie Jackson

Donald Trump Wins Title Of Most Disliked GOP Candidate

HuffingtonPost.com | Natalie Jackson | Posted 06.17.2015 | Politics

Business mogul Donald Trump is a political enigma -- not a politician, but not an unknown figure either, unlike other nonpoliticians seeking the 2016 ...

Paradise Polled: Americans and the Afterlife

Kathleen Weldon | Posted 06.17.2015 | Religion
Kathleen Weldon

Since the genesis of modern polling, the American public has been asked about not only their opinions on the political and social issues of the day, but their beliefs about the biggest questions humanity faces.

Mark Blumenthal

HUFFPOLLSTER: Opinions On Trade Don't Divide Along The Usual Party Lines

HuffingtonPost.com | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 06.12.2015 | Politics

Americans' sometimes conflicting views on foreign trade show remarkably little partisan polarization. Millennials say they have it hard but are optimi...

Automation for the People: The Public, Technology and Jobs

Kathleen Weldon | Posted 06.09.2015 | Politics
Kathleen Weldon

What does the public think about automation and jobs? Do Americans see technological threats to employment, and have their views changed since the days when robots first began replacing line workers in factories?

Midwest Voters are Ready for Hillary

Brian Stryker | Posted 06.05.2015 | Politics
Brian Stryker

2016 isn't 2014, when the GOP performed so well in the Midwest. Democrats' prospects for winning the Midwest look strong in the 2016 Presidential election. Hillary Clinton leads in the states where public polling exists, beating even natives like John Kasich and Scott Walker.

Mark Blumenthal

HUFFPOLLSTER: New FCC Proposal Could Disrupt Polling Industry

HuffingtonPost.com | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 06.05.2015 | Politics

A set of potential new FCC rules for incoming calls rattles the polling industry. Voters want substance. And Americans explain what they mean by "midd...