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MU researchers determine televised presidential debates help moderates choose candidates
Televised presidential debates have been a staple of the political landscape for more than 50 years. Recent political commentary has focused on the release of a tell-all book outlining the painstaking presidential debate preparation both sides experienced during the 2012 electoral cycle. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri have determined that televised presidential debates do have important consequences on the attitudes of those who view them -- specifically among apathetic or ambivalent voters. (2013-11-06)

'No Child Left Behind' leaves some voters behind
Assigning schools failing grades increases affluent voter turnout in local elections, a Duke researcher finds. (2015-09-24)

Study examines political contributions made by physicians
The percentage of physicians making campaign contributions in federal elections increased to 9.4 percent in 2012 from 2.6 percent in 1991, and during that time physician contributors shifted away from Republicans toward Democrats, especially in specialties dominated by women or those that are traditionally lower paying such as pediatrics. (2014-06-02)

Candidates in the Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly elections
During the Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly elections, political parties began to use a variety of ways to choose candidates and to ensure the adequate selection of women.This produced differing results and caused considerable conflict within the politcial parties, according to new ESRC-funded research. (2001-05-01)

Trump's political success was a triumph of style over substance: UBC research
Style, not substance, accounts for Donald Trump's U.S. Republican presidential nomination, according to a psychological analysis from the University of British Columbia. (2016-11-08)

UC research: Women tend to run more sophisticated political campaigns
Women run more sophisticated campaigns for office than men, says David Niven, a leading political researcher and associate professor of political science at the University of Cincinnati. (2020-03-18)

Using the brain to forecast decisions
In a research published on Sept. 28, 2014, in the journal Nature Neuroscience, scientists show that neural recordings can be used to forecast when spontaneous decisions will take place. 'Experiments like this have been used to argue that free will is an illusion,' says Zachary Mainen, a neuroscientist at the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, in Lisbon, Portugal, who led the study, 'but we think that interpretation is mistaken.' (2014-09-28)

Leading US experts on Chin-Am relations to analyze post-election agendas in Beijing Nov. 10
How will the U.S. elections affect the agenda for Chinese-American relations? This is the topic of a day-long symposium to be held in Beijing, Nov. 10, on the campus of the School of Economics and Management at Tsinghua University, featuring some of the most well-informed American authorities on China, as well as leaders in the field from Beijing. The event is free and open to all members of the news media. (2008-11-07)

Obama's best chance for re-election? Democratic losses in 2010, says UCLA political scientist
In a new book, UCLA political scientist Tim Groeling argues that if Democrats want to see Barack Obama re-elected in 2012, losing control of Congress might be just what the doctor odered. He insists that it's (2010-09-16)

Summer training institute promotes agenda to improve social science research
Physical and social sciences share students and classroom space, but part ways in the approach to research. The next generation of researchers will need newer skills that meld both perspectives. (2012-07-16)

Election forecasters preparing for historic election
Anticipating what is likely to be one of the most interesting elections in modern history, University at Buffalo professor of political science James E. Campbell and Michael S. Lewis-Beck, professor of political science at the University of Iowa, have assembled the insights of prominent election forecasters in a special issue of the International Journal of Forecasting published this month. (2008-06-23)

Face value
The looks of political candidates are a key factor influencing voters, a phenomenon identified by a number of scholars in recent years. Now, a new study by MIT political scientists adds to this body of research by detailing which types of citizens are most influenced by candidate appearances, and why: The tendency is most prevalent among low-information voters who watch a lot of television. (2011-07-18)

Low election turnout reflects the failure of UK politicians
The general elections of 2001 and 2005 had the second and third worst turnouts since 1900, falling from 71% in 1997 to under 60% in 2001 and only just above 61% this May. In ESRC's new report Seven Deadly Sins, published to launch Social Science Week 2005, Professor Charlie Jeffery uses the British Election Study and other surveys of political participation to understand this growing voter apathy. (2005-06-17)

Research examines corporate communications in the 'gilded age' of free speech
New research finds (2013-04-08)

Crowdsourcing democracy through social media
Today the citizens of Liberia will participate in just their second presidential election since the country emerged from a brutal civil war in 2003, and in such an environment the specter of violence or other unrest is never far away. But what if social media, a Georgia Tech professor is asking, could identify and even help prevent dangerous situations from occurring? (2011-10-11)

Political wins celebrated with porn, says Rutgers-Camden Researcher
Some celebrate a political candidate's victory with a party. Others, according to a Rutgers-Camden psychology researcher, choose porn. (2011-04-19)

University of Colorado analysis of election factors points to Romney win
A University of Colorado analysis of state-by-state factors leading to the Electoral College selection of every US president since 1980 forecasts that the 2012 winner will be Mitt Romney. (2012-08-22)

CWRU senior named Rhodes Scholar
Niuniu Ji, a senior in CWRU's Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has been awarded the highly prized Rhodes Scholarship. Ji is the founder of FreeDonation.com, a Web service that allows anyone to donate to charity for free, with the contribution paid for by corporate sponsors. (2000-12-18)

Voting causes stress according to Ben-Gurion University of the Negev study
According to Prof. Hagit Cohen from the Anxiety and Stress Research Unit at BGU's Faculty of Health Sciences, 'We understand that emotional changes are related and affect various physiological processes, but we were surprised that voting in democratic elections causes emotional reactions accompanied by such physical and psychological stress that can easily influence our decision making.' (2011-09-14)

English language ads better reach Latino audience
English language ads have a greater impact in mobilizing Latino voters than Spanish language ads, according to a study recently published in American Political Research, a SAGE journal. (2011-08-19)

Campaign donors survey: Women and young people behind Obama's small donor success
A survey of (2009-06-23)

Voting in elections is stressful -- emotionally and physiologically
A new study, conducted has found that the level of cortisol -- the (2011-07-04)

Book says American Indian vote could influence 2008 presidential election
American Indian voters are poised to begin playing a much bigger role in election politics, if past trends are any indication. That's just one of the conclusions in a new book titled (2007-05-22)

Doctors angry about BNP campaign tactics
Correspondence and a linked editorial in this week's Lancet criticize the election tactics employed by the British National Party prior to the recent European Elections. (2009-07-16)

The 106th Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association
will convene from Sept. 2-5 in Washington, D.C., at the Marriott Wardman Park, the Omni Shoreham and the Hilton Washington. After a turbulent year for the world economy, it is fitting that the next APSA Annual Meeting will be held in Washington, D.C., where many people are looking for solutions to improve conditions in these economically difficult times. (2010-07-07)

French footballing loss will be Le Pen's gain, says expert
A World Cup exit for the multi-ethnic French football team will be seen as a major political boost for the country's Far Right leader, Jean-Marie Le Pen, says a leading French football expert. If it loses, this will be a major victory for Le Pen, who criticised the 'black-white-brown' (the French say: 'black-blanc-beur' (1) ), multi-racial make-up of the winning team during the 1998 World Cup. (2002-06-10)

Prospective voters and the new health care law
A comprehensive review of national opinion polls, including newly released data, shows that those who say they intend to vote for a Democratic congressional candidate in 2010 and those who say they intend to vote for a Republican in their district hold starkly different views of what they want the future of health reform legislation to be. (2010-10-27)

News flash: Candidates' ads actually match deeds in Congress
If you think candidates never keep their promises and will say anything to get elected, you're certainly not alone. And you're not right, either. (2008-10-27)

Older-looking presidential candidates preferred during wartime
Voters prefer older-looking presidents in times of war, according to research published May 23 in the open-access journal PLoS ONE. (2012-05-23)

Children aware of white male monopoly on White House
Challenging the idea that children live in a color or gender blind world, a new study from the University of Texas at Austin reveals most elementary-school-age children are aware there has been no female, African-American, or Hispanic President of the United States. And, many of the children attribute the lack of representation to discrimination. (2008-10-05)

World Health Organization Director-General elections dogged by misconceived allegations
In an editorial in this week's issue, the Lancet calls on the executive board of the World Health Organization to dismiss the misconceived allegations that have been made against a number of candidates running for the position of next Director-General. (2006-11-02)

Presidential election campaign platforms impact the stock market
Each fluctuation in public opinion about candidates George W. Bush and Al Gore during the 2000 presidential election led to corresponding changes in equity prices of firms aligned with the two candidates, according to a new study by a Brown University economist Brian G. Knight. Bush's ultimate victory in the election resulted in a $100-billion shift in value from Gore-favored to Bush-favored firms. (2004-03-22)

New research shows candidate name order will matter in California recall election
The ordering of candidates' names on ballots in the upcoming California recall election will likely affect the outcome, if the state's presidential election is a guide. In the 2000 presidential race, George W. Bush received 9 percent more votes among Californians when he was listed first on the ballot than when he was listed later, a new study found. (2003-08-18)

UT Dallas researchers study mindset of Hong Kong voters
UT Dallas political scientists are studying voter attitudes and behavior in Hong Kong elections, providing some of the first data on that city's public attitudes about electoral democracy. (2015-12-09)

Endorsement effects: Are voters influenced by newspaper picks?
More than 150 newspapers across the country have already endorsed Sen. John McCain or Sen. Barack Obama for president, with more to come in the remaining days before the election. Do these endorsements really matter? In a new paper, economist Brian Knight investigates the effect of endorsements on voter decision making and finds that they are, in fact, influential. (2008-10-29)

Has our violent history led to an evolved preference for physically strong political leaders?
New research into evolutionary psychology suggests that physical stature affects our preferences in political leadership. The paper, published in Social Science Quarterly, reveals that a preference for physically formidable leaders, or caveman politics, may have evolved to ensure survival in ancient human history. (2011-10-18)

Studying the emotions which cause opinions to change
Social phenomena fascinate with their complexity, but are not easily understood. Pawel Sobkowicz, an independent researcher based in Warsaw, Poland, has developed a model to study the dynamics of normal people, called 'agents', and their response to a given piece of information, depending on their emotional state. In a study about to be published in EPJ B, the author shows that opinion dynamics differ depending on whether the agent is agitated or not. (2013-07-31)

Dartmouth professor warns of misuse of mapping technology in political redistricting
Dartmouth researcher says the mapping technology of GIS, or Geographic Information Systems, is a powerful political tool, but it does not resolve the basic conflict of how to create voting districts that are both representative and competitive. (2005-10-17)

Study: Sequential voting in presidential primaries best system to winnow candidates
A new study says the sequential election format of the US presidential primary is the best mechanism to select a candidate who would prevail in a head-to-head election against any one of the other candidates, says co-author and University of Illinois economist Mattias Polborn. (2015-08-04)

Requiring photo ID has little effect on voter turnout, MU study finds
With the 2008 presidential election less than a year away, many states are working to require photo identification from all voters in an attempt to curb illegal voting. Critics argue that the requirement is unconstitutional and will ultimately reduce participation in elections. However, a recent study of Indiana's photo ID law, conducted by a University of Missouri professor, found that requiring identification doesn't have much impact on voter turnout rates. (2007-12-31)

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