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Ambivalent Attitudes: The Public and Opinion Polls

Kathleen Weldon | Posted 12.22.2014 | Politics
Kathleen Weldon

Pundits have few kind words for politicians who consult public opinion polls when formulating policy. On the other hand, pollsters themselves consider polls no less than the voice of the people. But where does the public stand? A review of polls about polling, from the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research archive:

What Do You Want This Year?

Art Markman, Ph.D. | Posted 12.16.2014 | Impact
Art Markman, Ph.D.

As December winds to a close, we reach the time of year where people across the globe are starting to think about how next year will be different from this year.

National Survey Finds Troubling, Persistent Mental and Emotional Health Issues among College Students

Kevin Eagan | Posted 12.16.2014 | College
Kevin Eagan

The percentage of graduating seniors in this sample who report feeling overwhelmed and depressed underscores some of the emotional health issues confronting students throughout their college years.

Holiday Quandaries for a Man of Mustache

Dr. Abraham Froman | Posted 12.16.2014 | Weird News
Dr. Abraham Froman

At the holiday times, people of Mustached American descent - real men of brawn, feline hatred, and power tools - are often at a loss for words as to all of this holiday gift giving fuss.

Executive Survey Shows the Benefits of Data Innovation Across the Whole Economy

Victoria Espinel | Posted 12.10.2014 | Technology
Victoria Espinel

We commissioned Ipsos Public Affairs to poll 1,500 senior executives and business decision-makes across the United States and Europe about the role of data analytics in their companies. We found a number of things that were surprising.

Should Clergy Be Involved With Civil Marriage?

Religion News Service | Cathy Lynn Grossman | Posted 12.07.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Should clergy divorce themselves from civil marriage? Such a church-state split — already endorsed by some Catholic and evangelical leaders...

First-Year Students Represent Growing Opportunity for Career Services

Kevin Eagan | Posted 12.04.2014 | College
Kevin Eagan

As students increasingly decide to pursue a college degree with the goal of making more money or finding a better job, colleges and universities have an opportunity to connect them with the campus personnel and resources that are best situated and skilled to facilitate those conversations.

Never Let a Good Election Go to Waste

Jon Cohen | Posted 12.04.2014 | Politics
Jon Cohen

We did no serious modeling with the raw data - only applying basic demographic weighting at the state level. These straightforward adjustments mean the results shed light on the important roles that scale (large numbers of interviews) and heterogeneity (diversity of respondents and sources) play in poll accuracy.

Centenarians Spill The 4 Secrets To A Long And Happy Life

Jamison Gosselin | Posted 11.27.2014 | Fifty
Jamison Gosselin

There is no magic pill for longevity. Instead, what these centenarians reinforce is that some of the secrets to wellbeing and lifelong happiness are the simple truths that we have always known -- loving relationships, financial stability, and a commitment to personal health.

Almost Half Of Americans Don't Say Thanks -- To God Or Each Other -- Before Thanksgiving Dinner

The Huffington Post | Posted 11.27.2014 | Religion

Thanksgiving is for giving thanks, often to family and God -- or so common wisdom tells us. But according to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll, only 40 pe...

Survey Finds Continued Lack of Institutional Support for Part-Time Faculty

Kevin Eagan | Posted 11.13.2014 | College
Kevin Eagan

As the ranks of individuals employed in part-time academic appointments have grown, many part-time faculty lack the support of the colleges and universities where they work. A new report highlights that many part-timers even lack institutional email accounts.

Americans Think The Country's Muslim Population Is Much Bigger Than It Really Is

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 11.03.2014 | Religion

This type of ignorance isn’t bliss. Americans have a tendency to overstate the number of Muslims living in the United States -- and at least 13 ...

Same-Sex Marriage Support Nearly Universal Among Entering College Students

Kevin Eagan | Posted 10.27.2014 | Politics
Kevin Eagan

As these state bans continue to fall, the federal government has announced that it would immediately begin recognizing same-sex marriages in all of 33 states.

Come on Down! You're the Next Contestant on "The Price is Right Wing!"

Lester & Charlie | Posted 12.03.2014 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

If you think that game shows are just about trivia, spelling, quick reflexes and a way for Midwestern housewives to show America what they look like in a donkey suit, then you don't know game shows.

Are Accurate Polls Really Accurate?

John Garrett | Posted 12.02.2014 | Politics
John Garrett

Regardless of how they choose to, pollsters are going to be forced to innovate if they want to continue providing accurate advice to their candidates and campaigns.

Waning Influence of Religion in America

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 11.27.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

On Monday of this past week, the Pew Research Center released the results of a poll taken earlier this month about religion, with this heading, "Public Sees Religion's Influence Waning." The survey addressed a wide range of religious topics relating to life in America.

Would You Rather See a Dog Brush His Tongue or Learn How to Prepare for a Secure Retirement?

Jerry Patterson | Posted 11.23.2014 | Money
Jerry Patterson

While you may not have time to read a book on financial planning or have the expertise to use elaborate financial-planning software, I would encourage you to take advantage of the amazing amount of free educational content available online. There are plenty of quick, bite-sized moments of learning that can have a material impact on your financial future.

3 Surprising Insights About Insurance Attitudes and Behaviors

PolicyGenius | Posted 09.17.2014 | Money
PolicyGenius

Don't be overly confident that you have the right insurance! Even if you're financially savvy, there might be something important you're missing. It's worth the time to get expert advice.

New CDC Data on Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Health Demonstrate Disparities, Resiliencies

Sean Cahill, Ph.D. | Posted 09.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Sean Cahill, Ph.D.

Lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people experience both disparities and resiliencies in health, according to data released July 15th by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Where Small Business Security Stands Today - A 2014 Survey

Joe Ross | Posted 08.31.2014 | Small Business
Joe Ross

Small business (SMB) cyber security is a hot topic for us. On a weekly basis, we at CSID see many SMBs dealing with the aftereffects of getting breached and losing sensitive information.

Why Customer Surveys Might Not Be Accurate

Brad Wheelis | Posted 08.12.2014 | Business
Brad Wheelis

It might be best for management to survey customers, look over the results and take company-wide actions to make service improvements.

How To Tackle A Fear Of Stress

meQuilibrium | Posted 08.03.2014 | Healthy Living
meQuilibrium

The good news is that stress isn't the only thing that's contagious; so is optimism, enthusiasm, positivity, and fun. If you want to feel good stuff reflected back at you, you've got to put something good out there to begin with.

Phone Versus Online Honesty

Martin Marty | Posted 07.27.2014 | Religion
Martin Marty

This post originally appeared in Sightings, an online publication of the Martin Marty Center of the University of Chicago Divinity School. "What fres...

The Right's Millennial Dilemma in 2014 and Beyond

Jill Hanauer | Posted 07.20.2014 | Politics
Jill Hanauer

Millennials want to see action on the issues that will define our times, while Republicans largely deny the scientific reality of climate change, actively promote the involvement of big corporations in elections, and undermine our public schools.

Creative Writing Program or Creative Writing Mill? Effectiveness and Outcomes For Female And Minority Writing Program Students

Rae Bryant | Posted 06.28.2014 | Books
Rae Bryant

How well does your creative writing program rank in job placement and graduate publication placement? How does your writing program address gender and diversity?