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Researchers find appointed justices outperform elected counterparts
State supreme court justices who don't face voters are generally more effective than their elected counterparts, according to research led by Princeton University political scientists. (2013-02-22)

Former rebel groups become more moderate after gaining political power in nations with democracy, research shows
Former rebel groups who transform into political parties have adopted a moderate stance after gaining power in more democratic political systems, a study shows. (2020-10-26)

How big data can be used to understand major events
With the most unpredictable UK general election looming in modern times, how can big data be used to understand how elections are covered by the media? New research has for the first time analyzed over 130,000 online news articles to find out how the 2012 US presidential election played out in the media. (2015-03-04)

A winning face depends on the culture of the voter
A recent social psychology study shines a light on how cultural differences affect what voters judge and value most in the facial appearance of potential leaders. (2016-04-21)

A change at the top before elections boosts MP turnover across Europe, research shows
Appointing a new leader just before an election leads to a higher turnover of MPs after the poll, a study of political parties across Europe during the past 80 years shows. (2020-09-14)

Watching for 'bright lines' during the Trump presidency
For the past year and a half, Bright Line Watch, a non-partisan group of political scientists, has been surveying the American public and exports to gauge the state of the nation's democracy. Possibly most worrisome, they find that the president's supporters and detractors are increasingly drawing conclusions about the health of the US democracy that are 'not merely disconnected, but reflect an increasingly different understanding of our political reality itself.' (2019-03-12)

Sad! Drifting word meanings may be creating two different political languages
If the current political discourse sounds a little like people are speaking two different languages, Penn State psychologists, who studied political rhetoric over the past three presidential elections, say that may be close to the case, semantically speaking. (2017-07-31)

Study finds that views of swing voters do not matter much to presidential candidates
Despite the familiar belief that candidates must appeal to the 'moderate middle' of the voting public in order to win elections, US presidential candidates routinely take less-than moderate positions on a variety of issues. Are they catering to the extreme views of their respective core supporters? A new study out today finds that neither Republican nor Democratic presidential candidates are more than minimally responsive to the preferences of the swing voters. (2016-08-17)

What leads citizens to vote for 'anti-establishment' parties?
An article by Danilo Serani, a researcher with the Department of Political and Social Sciences at UPF, analyses the impact of the economic crisis on the electoral preferences of European citizens. The study reveals that the electoral success of challenger parties is largely due to a lack of trust in the actors of political representation. (2019-11-12)

Democratic governors have bold ideas to transform health care: Harvard researchers
Republican and Democratic governors have strikingly different visions for the future of health care, according to a new analysis published in the American Journal of Public Health. While Republican leaders favor maintaining or shrinking public health insurance programs, Democratic leaders are advancing several new proposals to expand public coverage, including 'public option' and single-payer health reforms. (2019-01-16)

News consumption of political stories not enough to retain political knowledge
Researchers from the University of Missouri found that adolescents who spend more time thinking and talking about the news with their peers and relatives tend to know more about political developments in the country. (2012-09-25)

Disease-transmission model forecasts election outcomes
To simulate how interactions between voters may play a role in the upcoming presidential, gubernatorial and senatorial elections, a Northwestern University research team is adapting a model that is commonly used to study infectious diseases. (2020-10-29)

When swaying voters, a candidate's identity can matter more than their policies
When Americans cast their vote for the next President, the candidates' personalities may matter more to voters than their stances on international trade. In a Opinion in Trends in Cognitive Sciences, Duke University researchers propose a new model for predicting voter choice that shows that identity can override policy issues when voting for a candidate. This model, which is based on cognitive and political science studies, aims to better predict election outcomes. (2016-10-18)

Survey finds election concerns vary by race, education levels, party affiliation
The coronavirus pandemic is creating concerns about the safety of the 2020 elections, with some people also questioning the integrity of the safety precautions being taken. A new survey finds that while most voters believe that voting will be safe and that their ballot will be counted despite the pandemic, those who question election safety and some who question election integrity appear less likely to vote. (2020-08-27)

Electronic voting system is vulnerable to tampering
The software believed to be at the heart of an electronic voting system being marketed for use in elections across the nation has weaknesses that could easily allow someone to cast multiple votes for one candidate, computer security researchers have determined. (2003-07-24)

Winner of New Hampshire's primary may not be true choice of the people
With five Republican candidates vying to win the Feb. 1 presidential primary, the highly anticipated outcome may not accurately reflect voters' true wishes -- a paradox that can result from elections decided on a simple plurality where one person casts one vote, says Donald Saari, Pancoe Professor of Mathematics at Northwestern University. (2000-01-26)

SEA announces winners of the Fall 2008 SHARPen it Up Scholarship Contest
Scientists and Engineers for America is announcing the winners of its Fall 2008 SHARPen it Up Scholarship Contest. Students from across the country competed for one of three $250 scholarships by contributing information on the science policy positions of candidates in the 2008 elections. (2008-12-15)

More women running for political office may hurt chances for down-ballot candidates
Gender stereotypes and biases still influence voters, especially in elections with more than one woman on the ballot. New research from Iowa State University found gender had the greatest effect on down-ballot races, in which women were running for a legislative office and another woman appeared on the ballot for a higher office, such as governor or president. (2018-08-20)

Sacrificing the climate for reelections
In business as well as international politics, the best and ideal agreement is one that is credible and expected to be complied with. Compliance often necessitates trade sanctions or other sufficiently severe consequences for those parties that do not comply as promised. (2019-03-04)

Study: Teachers' unions don't provide more pay
Teachers' unions have little impact on a school district's allocation of money, including teacher pay and spending per student, according to a study published this month in the Journal of Labor Economics. (2009-10-20)

Bush record on human rights in 2005
In its third annual report on the human rights practices of United States presidential administrations, the Center on Democratic Performance (CDP) at Binghamton University, State University of New York, gives President Bush a (2006-02-23)

Contented citizens vote against change
US citizens who have a high quality of life are more engaged in the direct democracy process, according to Ryan Yonk from Utah State University and Professor Shauna Reilly from Northern Kentucky University in the US. Their study demonstrates that quality of life is a strong predictor of voter turnout. The study is published online in Springer's journal, Applied Research in Quality of Life. (2011-03-23)

How Twitter takes votes away from Trump but not from Republicans
In the 2016 US presidential election, Twitter made independent voters less likely to vote for Donald Trump, finds new study from Bocconi University and Princeton (2020-10-29)

Half of mayoral elections in 6 US states are unopposed
Approximately half of mayoral elections in six US states are unopposed, and unopposed elections are on the rise, according to a report from Houston's Rice University. (2017-05-24)

NIST to accredit voting systems test labs
The National Institute of Standards and Technology has established a program for accrediting laboratories that will test voting systems and components in accordance with the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) of 2002. Laboratories wishing to be considered for accreditation in the first group must submit an application and pay required fees by Aug. 16, 2005. (2005-06-30)

Public health factors may have affected 2016 US presidential election results
A study led by a Massachusetts General Hospital investigator -- in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Political Science -- has identified community health as a possible contributor to the surprising results of the 2016 US presidential election. (2017-10-02)

Join GSA in New Orleans for the nation's premier aging conference!
The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) invites all journalists to attend its 2016 Annual Scientific Meeting -- the country's largest interdisciplinary conference in the field of aging -- from November 16 to 20 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Media representatives may register free of charge. (2016-10-04)

Fake Tweets, real consequences for the election
The researchers analyzed 20 million election-related tweets created between Sept. 16 and Oct. 21. They found that robots, rather than people, produced 3.8 million tweets, or 19 percent. Social bots also accounted for 400,000 of the 2.8 million individual users, or nearly 15 percent of the population under study. (2016-11-04)

Research highlights importance of religious vote amid changing social landscape
Canadians who consider religion to be important in their lives were still more likely to vote for the Conservative Party in 2015, finds new research from the University of Waterloo. This religion effect on voting behavior is one of the strongest sociodemographic effects on vote choice in Canada. (2019-10-15)

Report builds framework for 'digital political ethics' in 2020
With the 2020 elections looming and amid continuing concerns over social media's role in US politics, four top universities have published a comprehensive new report recommending how candidates, tech platforms and regulators can ensure that digital political campaigns promote and protect fair elections. (2020-01-08)

Joint mathematics meeting special session to tackle redistricting
What would happen if mathematicians and other experts designed voting districts, rather than politicians? Top experts and practitioners in redistricting law, political science, game theory, and mathematics will discuss both imaginative proposals as well as the practical difficulties of getting to (2009-01-05)

Younger Scots and Welsh may become more likely to support Nationalist parties
Generational change is contributing to a decline in British national pride with young people in Scotland and Wales likely to become increasingly responsive to nationalist parties, a study sponsored by the Economic and Social Research Council shows. (2007-05-04)

Madrid is the autonomous community that spends the most on the Spanish Christmas Lottery
The people of Madrid spend close to 470 million euros on the Spanish Christmas Lottery, approximately 20 percent of the total. This is one of the figures highlighted by the 'Yearbook of Gambling in Spain,' a report recently presented by Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and CODERE. (2018-12-20)

Electoral regulations must tackle 'inequalities' caused by political advertising on Facebook
Regulators must find a way of monitoring and addressing the way political advertising on Facebook creates new types of inequalities for campaigners, experts have said. (2019-05-07)

Voters using smartphones made fewer errors in mock election
Voters who cast their ballots via smartphones made fewer errors than they did when voting via traditional methods in a mock election, according to new research from psychologists at Rice University. (2014-03-03)

Study: Parenthood makes moms more liberal, dads more conservative
Parenthood is pushing mothers and fathers in opposite directions on political issues associated with social welfare, from health care to education, according to new research from North Carolina State University. (2009-09-08)

Political scientists' models predict Democratic takeover of House of Representatives
Election forecasting models completed by political scientists months before recent events predict significant Democratic gains in the 2006 midterm elections, including a likely 22 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and 2-3 seats in the U.S. Senate. The predictions appear in the October 2006 issue of PS: Political Science and Politics, a journal of the American Political Science Association, and are available online. (2006-10-17)

Experts see substantial danger to democratic stability around 2020 election
The latest Bright Line Watch survey finds substantial risks to the legitimacy of the election, including potential problems in the casting and counting of votes, the Electoral College, and in the resolution of electoral disputes. (2020-10-30)

Recycled Haitian concrete can be safe, strong and less expensive, says Georgia Tech group
Nearly one year after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake rocked the Republic of Haiti, engineering and concrete experts at Georgia Tech report that concrete and other debris in Port-au-Prince could be safely and inexpensively recycled into strong new construction material. The information is contained in a paper by researchers Reginald DesRoches, Kimberly E. Kurtis and Joshua J. Gresham published today in the Bulletin of the American Ceramic Society. (2011-01-04)

Mixing science and politicsĀ 
The inaugural March for Science, held last year in Washington, D.C., and other cities across the world, celebrated science and its role in our everyday lives. In addition, many participants expressed frustration with U.S. President Donald J. Trump's apparent disregard for evidence-based policy-making. An article in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), the weekly news magazine of the American Chemical Society, reports that these concerns galvanized some scientists to run for political office. (2018-05-30)

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