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Latino voters in Nevada lean toward Sanders, Biden
Cornell University professor Sergio Garcia-Rios conducted polling of Latino voters in Nevada ahead of the Nevada Caucuses, indicating high levels of Latino voter support for Democrats, most notably for Bernie Sanders. (2020-02-20)

APS tip sheet: Capturing election interference
New model analyzes characteristics of the 2016 election and surrounding social media activity. (2020-02-18)

Areas near concentration camps give more electoral support to the far right
The study, which focused on the federal elections in Germany held in 2013 and 2017, involved Toni Rodon, professor at the Department of Political and Social Sciences at UPF, together with researchers from the London School of Economics and Political Science. (2020-02-17)

Hidden donors play significant role in political campaigns
A new analysis of millions of campaign funding records reveals the role of small contributions. (2020-02-10)

Diversity on city councils increases noninfrastructure spending -- for better or worse
When city councils are elected by district rather than at large, spending on noninfrastructure projects increases, and the impact is not necessarily good, according to new research from a Rice University economist. (2020-02-05)

Political Islamophobia may look differently online than in person
Islamophobia was rampant on social media during the midterm elections, but researchers say future Muslim candidates running for office should know that the hatred they see online may be different than what they experience on the campaign trail. (2020-01-27)

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)

Study: US presidents play surprising role in driving corporate social responsibility
A president's political party plays a big role in corporate social responsibility efforts, reveals new research from San Francisco State's Lam Family College of Business. (2020-01-03)

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)

Being attractive helps, but it isn't everything
Political scientist Sebastian Jäckle studies the influence of candidates' appearance on their electoral chances. (2019-10-15)

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)

Trump tweets were systematic plan of attack in Presidential campaign -- study
Donald Trump used Twitter effectively to promote his campaign, communicate policy goals and attack opponents as part of a systematic campaign ahead of the 2016 US Presidential elections -- a new study reveals. (2019-10-04)

Exclusive analysis: College student voting doubled in 2018
College-student voting rates in the 2018 midterm elections doubled compared to the 2014 midterms, marking a watershed election year for student voter turnout, according to a report today from the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education (IDHE) at Tufts University's Tisch College of Civic Life. (2019-09-19)

Bots might prove harder to detect in 2020 elections
Bots or fake accounts enabled by artificial intelligence on social media have evolved and are now better able to copy human behaviors in order to avoid detection. (2019-09-05)

How 'information gerrymandering' influences voters
Study shows how information networks can distort voters' perceptions and change election results. (2019-09-04)

Arrival of refugees in Eastern German communities has no effect on voting behavior, attitudes on immigration
The arrival of refugees in eastern German communities has had no effect on local residents' voting behavior or on their attitudes toward immigration, finds a new study of citizens in more than 200 regional municipalities. (2019-08-31)

Study questions European Parliament's perception as champion of gender equality
The European Parliament is often viewed as the most democratic and gender equal decision-making institution of the European Union. A new Journal of Common Market Studies article critically scrutinizes this assumption through an analysis of female members' perceptions. (2019-05-22)

Elections: New report highlights innovative research on 21st century political world
How and why people become engaged in politics? Are the electronic voting machines immune to vote-rigging? Can we tackle the growing phenomenon of misinformation on social media? What impact the financial crash had on the development of political conflict in Europe? Is civil society increasingly dependent on state finance and regulation? Here are some of the questions, ERC grantees investigate and solve. (2019-05-08)

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)

Urging party supporters to sign up for postal votes is ineffective
Research carried out by the University of Kent and Kings College London (KCL) into a common postal vote recruitment tactic found it to be ineffective in persuading people to change from visiting polling stations to vote. Traditionally the tactic involves writing to party supporters to suggest that using a postal vote would be more convenient and aid their participation and to urge them to apply either online or via an enclosed application form. (2019-04-25)

Social media has remarkably small impact on Americans' beliefs
Social media had only a small influence on how much people believed falsehoods about candidates and issues in the last two presidential elections, a pair of new national studies found. And Facebook -- which came under fire for spreading misinformation in the 2016 campaign -- actually reduced misperceptions by users in that election compared to those who consumed only other social media. (2019-03-27)

Negative emotions can reduce our capacity to trust
It is no secret that a bad mood can negatively affect how we treat others. But can it also make us more distrustful? Yes, according to a new study, which shows that negative emotions reduce how much we trust others, even if these emotions were triggered by events that have nothing to do with the decision to trust. The study was carried out by an international research team from the University of Zurich and the University of Amsterdam. (2019-03-14)

Democracy linked to global health gains in low-, middle-income countries
A new study led by Stanford Medicine and the Council on Foreign Relations suggests that a better way to measure the role of democracy in public health is to examine the causes of adult mortality, such as noncommunicable diseases, HIV, cardiovascular disease and transportation injuries. Little international assistance targets these noncommunicable diseases. (2019-03-13)

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)

OHIO study: Information literacy can combat 'fake news'
It's not difficult to verify whether a new piece of information is accurate; however, most people don't take that step before sharing it on social media, regardless of age, social class or gender, a new Ohio University study has found. (2019-03-11)

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)

Illinois professor to lead AAAS session on 'Blockchain and the Scientific Method'
Lav Varshney, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will lead a session on 'Blockchain and the Scientific Method' as a part of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting in Washington D.C., on February 15, 2019. (2019-02-07)

First study to find digital ads work, on millennials
'This is first time we found that digital ads do something and what they do is they increase voter turnout among millennials in municipal elections.' said Haenschen. (2019-01-30)

Study: On Facebook and Twitter your privacy is at risk -- even if you don't have an account
New research shows that on social media, like Facebook, privacy can be at risk, even if a person doesn't have an account. Scientists at the University of Vermont demonstrated that a person's identity and actions can be predicted from their friend's posts and writings online. (2019-01-21)

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)

Study suggests that fear and anger had different effects on conservatives and liberals
The emotional underpinnings of political ideology motivated how the electorate sought and processed information about the 2016 presidential election and the major issue of climate change. ''This has important implications for how political dialogue is shaped,'' said Janet Yang, an expert in the communication of risk information related to science, health and the environment. ''It's not just what the candidates are saying; it's also how we communicate with one another.'' (2019-01-09)

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)

First-of-its-kind study finds loss of local media worsens political polarization
Changes to the media environment have increased polarized voting in America through both addition and subtraction. We argue that the decline of local newspapers has contributed to the nationalization of American politics: as local newspapers close, Americans rely more heavily on available national news or partisan heuristics to make political decisions. (2018-11-20)

A study analyzes the impact of targeted Facebook advertising on the elections
Research from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), the University of Warwick and ETH Zurich has studied the effectiveness of micro-targeted political advertising on social media such as Facebook in the United States. The research concludes that it may have increased the number of Donald Trump voters by ten per cent in the 2016 presidential elections. (2018-11-19)

Urban planning policy contributes to political polarization
Urban planning decisions from decades past are likely a contributing factor to the rise of right-wing populism, a study from the University of Waterloo has found. (2018-11-12)

APA Stress in America: generation z stressed about issues in the news but least likely to vote
Headline issues, from immigration to sexual assault, are causing significant stress among members of Generation Z -- those between ages 15 and 21- - with mass shootings topping the list of stressful current events, according to the American Psychological Association's report Stress in America™: Generation Z released today. (2018-10-30)

Research sheds light on conspiracy theory elements
'Our study also suggests that alternative media spreading conspiracy theories appear to better align with anti- and pro-globalism than with left- and right-leaning political ideologies.' (2018-10-30)

Targeted Facebook ads shown to be highly effective in the 2016 US Presidential election
Intensive, micro-targeted Facebook adverts increased Republican turnout by up to 10 per cent among key voter groups, according to a new study published by the University of Warwick. The study raises important questions about whether more regulation or transparency is needed. The paper was produced in collaboration with ETH Zurich and the University Carlos III in Madrid. (2018-10-25)

Political competition is hurting our charitable giving
As the midterm election heats up and the fallout of the Supreme Court nomination rings across the political divide, a new study presents a unique angle of American politics: how party affiliation affects charitable donations. Researchers representing four institutions found voters who live in counties where political competition is high give less to charity. (2018-10-24)

New study scrutinizes time and effort it takes to vote in each state
In a new study, a Cost of Voting Index was developed and used to rank each state according to the time and effort it took to vote in each presidential election year from 1996 through 2016. (2018-10-23)

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