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Fare Thee Well

By Lori Weigel

“So the kids, they dance, they shake their bones, And the politicians throwing stones…” Throwing Stones, Grateful Dead…

The Real Papal Audience: The “Nones”

By Micah Roberts

Pope Francis is a beloved figure. In the March 2015 WSJ/NBC News poll 74% of Catholics reported a…

Opinions on Free Trade in Flux

By Micah Roberts

According to The Wall Street Journal/NBC News polling, since November 2014 public opinion on whether free trade with…

Exploring the effects of interview mode on public opinion data

By Becky Kramer
As online surveys become more prevalent, researchers face many challenges associated with this shift to increased web-based interviewing. We are often asked by clients how, if at all, data collected online differs from a more traditional telephone survey. Last month, Pew Research Center released the results of an experiment comparing…

An Unexpected Shift in a Typically Stable Measure

By Bill McInturff
For years, ideology has been a fairly stable measure of public opinion.  Here are the trend lines on ideology from the NBC–Wall Street Journal polling merge data among registered voters that typically contain 8,000–12,000 interviews per year: However, in the three NBC–Wall Street Journal surveys conducted so far this year…

The FCC Proposal & Its Impact on Political Activities

By Dave Wilson
Late last week, Politico reported that the FCC is considering allowing phone companies to offer a service that blocks phone calls made by an automatic dialer.  While they are primarily targeting telemarketing phone calls, this regulation would be catastrophic to…

A Recession We Can’t Refuse

By Bill McInturff
Last year ended with lower energy prices and higher economic growth, and consumer confidence was on the rise.  The Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index hit 98.1 this January, its highest mark since January 2004. But the Obama economy is the Michael…

Democrats Are Turning on Hillary Just Like FIFA Rolled on Sepp Blatter (They Aren’t)

By Gene Ulm
Who’s Sepp Blatter?  He’s the guy who was re-elected to his fifth term as head of big-league soccer’s international governing body (FIFA) despite 14 of his top executives being criminally charged.  Newsflash: Blatter resigned his post today. Just as FIFA…

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