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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 08.22.2014 | 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 08.13.2014 | 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 08.06.2014 | 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 08.04.2014 | 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 07.28.2014 | 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 07.10.2014 | 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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POLL: Do You Have A Healthy Work-Life Balance?

Posted 04.21.2014 | MarloThomas

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POLL: How Do You "Unplug" At The End Of The Day?

Posted 04.14.2014 | MarloThomas

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POLL: Are You Ready For Spring?

Posted 03.03.2014 | MarloThomas

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Premature Opinionation and Three Considerations on How to Deal With It

Misha Lyuve | Posted 04.21.2014 | Entertainment
Misha Lyuve

The humanly natural process of creating opinions, even premature ones, would be merely entertaining, if we didn't relate to our opinions as the truth. Imagine what kind of a mess we end up in when this happens.

When Will They Ever Learn? The American People and Support for War

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

Of all America's wars over the past century, only World War II has retained mass public approval. In almost all cases, Americans turned against wars they once supported. How should one explain this pattern of disillusionment?

The Story About Conservative Media That Should Terrify Progressives

Colin Holtz | Posted 03.10.2014 | Media
Colin Holtz

Politico is up with a big story this week that should scare any progressive who cares about winning the war of ideas. It is ostensibly about how the right is copying the success of liberal outlets like the Huffington Post. In reality, it is a good reminder of just how badly the right is trouncing the left when it comes to media infrastructure.

To Poll or Not to Poll: The Pollster's Dilemma

Nick Gourevitch | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Nick Gourevitch

Outside of peak election season, internal campaign polls are used to inform long-term strategic decisions. But deciding when it is "normal" to poll is often a delicate balancing act.

Americans Tire of 'World Police' Role

Bill Schneider | Posted 09.09.2013 | Politics
Bill Schneider

Americans strongly -- and loudly -- oppose a military strike. Unfortunately for President Obama, the issue came up when Members of Congress were on their summer recess, most of them in their home districts. Constituents had access to their Representatives. And the Representatives got an earful.