Afrobarometer The Afrobarometer is an independent, nonpartisan research project that measures the social, political, and economic atmosphere in Africa. Afrobarometer surveys are conducted in more that a dozen African countries and are repeated on a regular cycle. Because the instrument asks a standard set of questions, countries can be systematically compared. Trends in public attitudes are tracked over time.
ImageCaption3 BodyText3 While undocumented immigration is controversial, the general public is largely unfamiliar with the particulars of immigration policy. Given that public opinion on the topic is malleable, to what extent do mass media shape public opinion on immigration?
This talk will explore how conservative, liberal, and mainstream news outlets frame and discuss undocumented immigrants across three policy domains, legalization, the DREAM ACT, and deportations.
Drawing from original voter surveys, Dr. Merolla will show that media framing on immigration has significant consequences for public opinion, especially when those frames are negative, novel, or from an unexpected source.
The findings have important implications for understanding how the language surrounding policy debates on these issues affect public opinion, and in turn public policy. Her research focuses on how the political environment shapes individual attitudes and behavior across many domains such as candidate evaluations during elections, immigration policy attitudes, foreign policy attitudes, and support for democratic values and institutions.
She is co-author of Democracy at Risk: Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation. Prior research underscores the role that civic organizations play in acculturating immigrants and facilitating their involvement in politics.
Relatively little attention, however, has been given to political parties as agents of immigrant socialization. Drawing from original surveys of foreign-born Latinos conducted during the,and campaigns, Dr.
McCann finds that partisan mobilization and electoral competition can significantly shape the political identifications and orientations of immigrants. The local partisan machines that were prominent in the last great wave of migrant settlement a century ago have faded away.
Yet partisan campaigning today remains an important force for the incorporation of immigrants. He conducts research and teaches courses on public opinion, electoral processes, participation, and representation in the United States and cross-nationally.
Sincehe has served as an editor of Politics, Groups, and Identities, an official journal of the Western Political Science Association, and he is an associate editor of the Oxford University Press Bibliographies in Political Science. Much of the civil unrest from the s, s, and recent incidents of appear to have arisen from many conditions, including poverty and police use of force.
However, not all of observers view these events from the same perspective.
Haider-Markel contends that these events are often interpreted through social identities, such as race and partisanship, and thus causal attributions for these events differ widely.
His study employs data from a variety of surveys and media accounts to broadly understand these events and individual interpretations of the causal forces leading to these events.
Further analysis suggests that social identities provide a powerful lens by which individuals come to attribute causes for civil unrest, and conflicting narratives over causes likely hinders attempts to provide solutions and reduce the likelihood of future violence.
His research and teaching is focused on the representation of interests in the policy process and the dynamics between public opinion, political behavior, and public policy. He has more than 20 years of experience in survey research, interviews, and in policy studies. He has authored or co-authored over 55 refereed articles, over a dozen book chapters, and several books in a range of issue areas, including civil rights, politics in the culture wars, criminal justice policy, counterterrorism, race and inequality, and environmental policy.
Atkeson asks how racial cues that emerge in extraordinary events — high salience national crises that capture national attention through the media — shape the black-white divide in opinions. Research on black opinion suggests that race is the central organizing principle through which blacks understand the political world.
As such, social identity produces policy preferences and attitudes that favor the in-group on such policies as the provision of government services and attributions of blame toward government leaders who have violated group interests.
However, while explicit racial cues cues that tie policy or leaders directly to group interestsclearly connect blacks to their racial identity and consequently produce social identity effects, implicit racial effects cues that use coded language to impart racial connotation may limit their application.
Specifically, issues that are implicitly racial and connect blacks to negative stereotypes about the group may be rejected and provide theoretical predictions about when black and white opinion should converge and the boundaries of social identity.
Atkeson tests for differences and similarities in opinion across a range of policy preferences and evaluations of leaders between blacks and whites from two extraordinary events: Hurricane Katrina and the Rodney King riots.
These cases provide an opportunity to understand and explore how explicit and implicit racial cues work together to encourage or discourage the application of social identity in the formation of opinion. She is an internationally recognized expert in the area of election sciences, survey methodology, voting rights, election administration, public opinion, and political behavior.
She has written over 50 articles and book chapters, and dozens of technical reports, monographs, amicus curiae briefs and other works on these topics. She advocates for a data driven, applied social science, approach to election reform and public policy.Nov 11, · We conduct public opinion polls on a variety of topics to inform our audience on events in the news and other topics of interest.
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Identify, explain, and evaluate the governmental institutions and political processes that shape public opinion, electoral outcomes, and public policy in the United States and California including the role of culture, public opinion, political parties, interest groups, and the mass media.
This is the Student Learning Outcome for this course. The Roper Center promotes the intelligent, responsible and imaginative use of public opinion and fosters increased international understanding through cross-national research.
The Roper Center maintains the world’s largest archive of survey data and strives to improve the practice of survey research and the use of survey data.
Electoral College Reform: Contemporary Issues for Congress December 12, – October 6, R The electoral college method of electing the President and Vice President was established in Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution and revised by the Twelfth Amendment. Electoral systems are now much more prone to reform than 10–20 years ago, and as a consequence electoral system specialists are developing a useful sideline in advising on electoral .
The study draws on a comparative research design to explore questions of campaign civility, voter comprehension, voter mobilization and turnout, and public opinion about electoral systems in cities using RCV compared to similar jurisdictions using plurality elections.