New Research Exposes Why Competition in U.S. Politics Industry is Failing America

At a time of high dissatisfaction and distrust with the U.S. political system, Katherine M. Gehl and Michael E. Porter today released new research that illuminates the root causes of why competition in politics is failing to serve the public interest. It is delivering gridlock and partisan divisions, not solutions […] Read more »

Americans Are Poorly Informed About Basic Constitutional Provisions

Many Americans are poorly informed about basic constitutional provisions, according to a new national survey by the Annenberg Public Policy Center. The annual Annenberg Constitution Day Civics Survey finds that: More than half of Americans (53 percent) incorrectly think it is accurate to say that immigrants who are here illegally […] Read more »

‘Is truth overrated?’ What the experts say

Is speaking some evil really so bad? VMKphotos/shutterstock Daniel Klyn, University of Michigan; Christopher Beem, Pennsylvania State University; Maryanne Reed, West Virginia University, and Troy Campbell, University of Oregon Editor’s note: As part of our collaboration with “Third Rail with OZY,” we asked scholars from a variety of disciplines to […] Read more »

American political behavior in 2017 outside norm for consolidated democracies

Our August 2017 survey results demonstrate sharply increasing concern over the past month, amplified by the events in Charlottesville. From July to August, ratings worsened on every dimension, with especially large shifts on civil violence and civil liberties. Democracy experts see American political behavior in 2017 as firmly outside the […] Read more »

Most Americans think Trump is ripping the country apart. His Charlottesville response shows how.

There’s one number from Fox News’s new national poll that, justifiably, has dominated people’s attention. Asked if President Trump is drawing Americans together or tearing the country apart, more than half — 56 percent — choose the latter option. … This wasn’t what was supposed to happen, to hear Trump […] Read more »

Fox News Poll: Voters’ mood sours, 56% say Trump tearing country apart

Voter satisfaction with the direction of the nation is down by double digits, as a majority says President Donald Trump is tearing the country apart. That’s according to the latest Fox News Poll. The number of voters happy with how things are going in the country is down 10 percentage points since […] Read more »

Who Falls for Fake News? The Roles of Analytic Thinking, Motivated Reasoning, Political Ideology, and Bullshit Receptivity

Inaccurate beliefs pose a threat to democracy and fake news represents a particularly egregious and direct avenue by which inaccurate beliefs have been propagated via social media. Here we investigate the cognitive psychological profile of individuals who fall prey to fake news. CONT. Gordon Pennycook & David G. Rand, Yale […] Read more »