Hope from the Heartland: How Democrats Can Better Serve the Midwest by Bringing Rural, Working Class Wisdom to Washington

Democrats’ national level of support has seen better days. Much better. By the numbers, Democrats are at their lowest in nearly 100 years. While the party had a successful night in off-year elections on Nov. 7, 2017, and in the Dec. 12, 2017, special election in Alabama for U.S. Senate, […] Read more »

Robots Can’t Vote, but They Helped Elect Trump

When you look across America to see where jobs and wages have been lost to robotics, machine learning, artificial intelligence and automation, it is the middle of the country that stands apart from the rest. The accompanying map, which was produced by Daron Acemoglu of M.I.T. and Pascual Restrepo of […] Read more »

Survey of Millennials and ‘Gen Z’ Examines Beliefs on Gender, Race, Discrimination, and Political and Social Issues

A groundbreaking new survey from MTV and PRRI finds that young people age 15-24 believe social pressure to act masculine may be leading young men towards violent and sexually aggressive behavior. … The survey also found that seven in ten (70 percent) young Americans have personally seen or experienced discrimination […] Read more »

Placing Priority: How Issues Mattered More than Demographics in the 2016 Election

Key Findings Viewing the electorate through the lens of issue priorities rather than through demographic variables yields valuable insights. Our analysis suggests that the mix of issue priorities revealed more about voter decision-making than demography. … The key issues driving the election, based on what voters found most important, were […] Read more »

The Politics of Global Warming Beliefs

Seven in ten registered voters (72%) think global warming is happening. This includes nearly all liberal Democrats (97%; six percentage points higher than in our first survey in 2008), about nine in ten moderate/conservative Democrats (89%; eight points higher than in 2008), and a majority of liberal/moderate Republicans (63%). In […] Read more »

Priorities USA Poll: Republican Tax Plan Spells Electoral Disaster

The Republican tax proposals currently moving through Congress are more than just bad policy, they are politically toxic for Republicans and will further cement voters’ views that Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress are looking out for the interests of the wealthy and big corporations, not the regular people they […] Read more »

Views of Job Situation Improve Sharply, but Many Still Say They’re Falling Behind Financially

The public’s views of local job availability continue to improve. Currently, 50% of Americans say there are plenty of jobs available in their communities – the highest number saying that jobs are plentiful in Pew Research Center surveys dating to 2001. … However, the public’s brighter outlook on jobs has […] Read more »