How much does science knowledge influence people’s views on climate change and energy issues?

Many in the scientific community believe that if the American public were more informed about the science behind climate change and energy issues, people would hold views that aligned more closely with those of scientific experts. But how much people know about science only modestly and inconsistently correlates with their […] Read more »

Another Look Back at 2016: Comparing the exit poll and the Cooperative Congressional Election Study

On election night in November, exit polls provided the first insight into how different demographic groups voted. But months later, other richer data sets are being released, and they provide researchers with new information about the election and the voters that participated in it. One such tool is the Cooperative […] Read more »

Trump’s budget fattens ‘Republican’ programs (and starves ‘Democratic’ ones)

With the release of his first budget proposal Thursday, President Trump is aiming to make good on his promise to dramatically change how federal dollars are divided among the government’s departments and agencies. … These enduring priorities have become critical elements of both parties’ brands in the public’s mind, a […] Read more »

Republicans Upgrade Views of Their Own Financial Situation

Republicans have become significantly more positive about their financial situation, while Democrats have grown more negative about theirs. Seven in 10 Republicans and Republican leaners are feeling “pretty good” about the amount of money they have to spend, up from 44% in October 2016. Meanwhile, the percentage of Democrats and […] Read more »

7 psychological concepts that explain the Trump era of politics

These are strange, unsettling times. And for the past several months, I’ve been asking psychologists variations on a basic question: What research can best help us reckon with uncomfortable social and political realities — like the rise of Donald Trump, the widening partisan split, the divisiveness that comes with multiculturalism? […] Read more »