White racial resentment has been gaining political power for decades

With his crude comment last week about Haiti and Africa, President Trump once again put race front and center in U.S. politics — as he has been doing since he launched his campaign. … Our research shows that racial attitudes have been increasingly influencing U.S. public opinion for at least […] 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 »

The 7 most important polling trends of 2017

2017 is almost in the books — and so are another 12 months of public opinion polling. The calendar year that President Donald Trump spent settling into the White House has been marked by consistently low ratings from a majority of the American public. But this year also has seen […] Read more »

Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton Retain Most Admired Titles

Americans once again are most likely to name Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton as the man and woman living anywhere in the world they admire most, as they have for the past 10 years. The pair retain their titles this year, although by much narrower margins than in the past. […] Read more »

The Double-Edged Sword of a Party-Line Victory

President Trump and congressional Republicans have just taken the same leap of faith that Democrats did when they passed the Affordable Care Act. When then-President Obama and the Democratic House and Senate majorities muscled through the ACA in 2010, the bill represented a big policy victory, but an even bigger […] Read more »

The dangerous belief that white people are under attack

Lucian Wintrich, left, leaves court on Dec. 11 after charges of breach of peace were dropped. In November, Wintrich had delivered a speech at the University of Connecticut titled ‘It’s OK To Be White.’ AP Photo/Jessica Hill Clara Wilkins, Wesleyan University In August, the Justice Department decided to investigate instances […] Read more »

Party Hoppers: Understanding Voters Who Switched Partisan Affiliation

Partisan affiliation is one of the most stable features of the modern American electorate. While individuals’ feelings toward politicians or their attitudes about policy can change quickly, partisanship is a deep-seated identity resistant to change. Within the last five years, however, we have observed a significant amount of partisan switching […] Read more »