‘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 »

Trump’s Charlottesville response not in line with majority of Americans, poll shows

As politicians and influential business leaders weigh in on President Trump’s comments on Charlottesville, how is the American public responding? Political correspondent Lisa Desjardins joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss a new PBS NewsHour/NPR/Marist poll about the clashes and the president’s comments, how lawmakers of his own party are speaking out, […] Read more »

Majority Believes Trump’s Response To Charlottesville Hasn’t Been Strong Enough

A majority of Americans think President Trump’s response to the violence in Charlottesville, Va., was “not strong enough,” according to an NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll … The poll also found a strong consensus across the political spectrum that the car attack should be investigated as an act of domestic terrorism — […] Read more »

Donald Trump Knows How to Push Our Buttons

Last week, when President Trump called on the police to use rough justice in dealing with violent Latino gangs, there was a clear method to his madness. … Underlying Trump’s defiance of law enforcement norms is a calculated strategy advocating the use of force, with the twofold goal of pushing […] Read more »

Expert Survey on American Democracy: July 2017

Our July 2017 survey (the third in a monthly series) confirms a great deal of pessimism about American democracy and increasing concern over the past two months. From June to July, ratings worsened on nearly every dimension, with especially large shifts on elections and political rhetoric. Democracy experts see American […] Read more »