Public Opinion

  • 10.31.17

    Politics and Global Warming, October 2017

    This report from the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication investigates U.S. public opinion on Climate Change. It finds that "Americans "very worried" about global warming has reached a record high (22%) since first measured in 2008." There are also other key changes in public opinion: Americans increasi...Read More

  • 03.20.17

    Facts About The Death Penalty

    There have been 1448 executions in the United States since 1976. This fact sheet covers some key facts and figures about the death penalty, from which 31 states have the death penalty, to the discrepancies between races of the defendants who are executed and the race of the victims in death penalty cases. It spec...

    There have been 1448 executions in the United States since 1976. 

    This fact sheet covers some key facts and figures about the death penalty, from which 31 states have the death penalty, to the discrepancies between races of the defendants who are executed and the race of the victims in death penalty cases. It specifically looks at racial discrepancies within the criminal justice system overall and within certain states. 

    DeathPenalty Race Facts

  • 11.14.16

    4 Possible Reasons The Polls Got It So Wrong This Year

    A common criticism of the media after the 2016 election was that the polling and pundits got the election result drastically wrong. This article from NPR looks at the polling leading up to the 2016 election and gives an analysis of how far they were actually off and why they predicted the final result wrong. It c...Read More

  • 01.14.14

    The Myth Behind Defensive Gun Ownership

    This article from Politico looks at the argument that "millions of gun owners successfully use their firearms to defend themselves and their families from criminals. Despite having nearly no academic support in public health literature, this myth is the single largest motivation behind gun ownership" It describes ...Read More