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Money, Politics and the American Public

Paul Herrnson | Posted 10.14.2014 | Politics
Paul Herrnson

The influence of money in politics in general and campaigns in particular is a staple of op-ed writers, late-night comedians and armchair pundits. As another Federal Election Commission reporting deadline looms, how bad does the public really think the problem is -- and what are they willing to do about it?

'Meh' Economy Muddies Mid-Term Election Picture

Bill Schneider | Posted 10.03.2014 | Politics
Bill Schneider

"The country is definitely better off than we were when I came into office," the president said. Notice that he said "the country" is better off. He didn't say, "You're better off."

Will There Be a Backlash Against Torture?

Peter J. Woolley | Posted 10.03.2014 | Politics
Peter J. Woolley

The Senate intelligence committee hopes to release soon a redacted summary of its 6,300-page report on the CIA's interrogational torture program. As we wait, the committee is wrangling with the CIA over redactions that the CIA is demanding.

Ariel Edwards-Levy

Few Americans Feel Personally Affected By Conflict With ISIS

HuffingtonPost.com | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics

Americans, who largely support airstrikes against the Islamic State, don't think that the military campaign will have much of an impact on their lives...

Don't Judge Me, I'm A Mom

Shaney Vijendranath | Posted 09.23.2014 | Parents
Shaney Vijendranath

There is no such thing as the perfect mother. We all make mistakes and learn from them. Most moms do not have supermodel figures after having two kids.

The Public and Proposed Constitutional Amendments: We Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change

Paul Herrnson | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics
Paul Herrnson

Despite the public's overall belief in the Constitution as an enduring document, the data indicate that Americans are quite willing to use the amendment process to make policy changes.

Will the 2016 Presidential Race Be the "We Told You So" Election?

Bill Schneider | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics
Bill Schneider

It would be the "We told you so" election: Mitt Romney versus Hillary Clinton in 2016. The campaign would look like an effort to roll back the calendar and say, "Let's get it right this time."

Obama's Cautiousness to Engage in Global Hotspots Emboldening Aggressors

Bill Schneider | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics
Bill Schneider

For decades, the United States has been the world's pre-eminent status quo power. The U.S. fought wars to reverse acts of aggression and restore the status quo in Kosovo and Kuwait. Now new aggressors believe they can threaten the status quo with impunity because the U.S. seems unwilling to stand up to them.

Looking Back At America's Changing Opinions On Unions

Kathleen Weldon | Posted 08.29.2014 | Politics
Kathleen Weldon

On May 14, 1882, unionized workers in New York City held a parade and picnic, and the seeds of the Labor Day holiday were planted. About 50 years late...

Ferguson Shaping Up to Be a Consciousness-Changing Moment for Whites

Bill Schneider | Posted 08.28.2014 | Politics
Bill Schneider

The shock is not only that a police officer killed an unarmed black teenager. That, tragically, has happened too many times before, and when the details remain murky, many people withhold judgment. The shock was that the police response to the protests was so hugely disproportionate, "like an invading army."

What Do You Think, America?

Terry Newell | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics
Terry Newell

In many cases -- more than we care to admit -- the world is gray before it comes into focus. By insisting it has to be black or white (or red or blue), we harden our thinking and our hearts when we would be better served by pausing to learn more.

Low Carbon Cities in China, Serious Challenges and Signs of Hope

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 10.08.2014 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

Despite the worst fears of impending environmental tragedy that arise from a reading of air quality data or the trajectory of coal use, China is walking a path that many cities and nations have walked before.

Could a Shift in U.S. Public Opinion Erode Israel Support in Washington?

Bill Schneider | Posted 10.06.2014 | Politics
Bill Schneider

On the surface, not much appears to be changing. The percentage of Americans who say they sympathize with Israel over the Palestinians -- 51 percent in a Pew poll last month -- has held fairly steady since the last Gaza fighting broke out in 2006. nder the surface, however, partisans have been moving apart.

Modern Polling Requires Both Sampling and Adjustment

David Rothschild | Posted 10.03.2014 | Politics
David Rothschild

The American Association of Public Opinion Research is a justly well-respected organization whose publications and conferences are an important means ...

Less Divided than We Look

Will Friedman, Ph.D | Posted 09.27.2014 | Politics
Will Friedman, Ph.D

Are we becoming a more polarized people? Media coverage generally reinforces what is most conflicted about our politics. This adds up to a highly polarized and dysfunctional national politics.

#FreetheNipple and NoMorePage3: Changing Our View of Women's Breasts

Elisabeth Dale | Posted 09.09.2014 | Women
Elisabeth Dale

#FreetheNipple and #NoMorePage3 share the same feminist goal: greater equality for women. One is focused on removing legal discrimination. The other asks that women be treated with the same dignity and respect as men.

POLL: What Is Your Most Effective Stress Management Tool?

Posted 06.13.2014 | MarloThomas

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POLL: Do You Protect Your Skin At The Beach During The Summer?

Posted 06.06.2014 | MarloThomas

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POLL: Do You Feel Confident At Work?

Posted 06.02.2014 | MarloThomas

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POLL: Where Is Your Favorite Place To Visit During The Summer Months?

Posted 05.27.2014 | MarloThomas

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POLL: Do You Make Fitness A Priority In Your Busy Schedule?

Posted 05.20.2014 | MarloThomas

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POLL: What's Your Favorite Part About Spring And Summer Fashion?

Posted 05.12.2014 | MarloThomas

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POLL: How Do You And Your Significant Other Maintain The Spark In Your Relationship?

Posted 05.05.2014 | MarloThomas

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The NBA: Values and Public Opinion Will Prevail

Chris Komisarjevsky | Posted 06.30.2014 | Sports
Chris Komisarjevsky

The NBA took a very strong position, with a principled view toward what is right in the long run. There is no place in the NBA for racism -- unacceptable by any measure.

POLL: How Do You Relax And De-Stress At The End Of The Day?

Posted 04.28.2014 | MarloThomas

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