Independents often are portrayed as political free agents with the potential to alleviate the nation’s partisan divisions. The reality is that most independents are not all that “independent” politically. An overwhelming majority of independents (81%) continue to “lean” toward either the Republican Party or the Democratic Party. Among the public overall, 17% are Democratic-leaning independents, while 13% lean toward the Republican Party.
As the pace and magnitude of cyberattacks have increased around the world, a Pew Research Center survey in 26 countries among 27,612 respondents shows that people in multiple countries think it is likely that future hacks will target government data, public infrastructure, and elections. Opinion is mixed, however, on whether their nations are prepared for such events. In many cases, views about a country’s preparedness are shaped in part by partisanship and attitudes toward the party in power. People who support the governing party are often more likely to think their nation can handle a sizeable cyber hack.
Over the past 50 years – from the Silent Generation’s young adulthood to that of Millennials today – the United States has undergone various cultural and societal shifts. Now that the youngest Millennials are in their 20s, Pew Research Center has done a comprehensive update of their prior demographic work on generations. Millennials are better educated – a factor tied to employment and financial well-being – but there is a sharp divide between the economic fortunes of those who have a college education and those who don’t.
Algorithms are all around us, using stores of data and complex analytics to make decisions with often significant impacts on humans – from choosing the content people see on social media to judging whether a person is a good credit risk or job candidate. Here are some of the key findings from recent research by the Pew Research Center.
In psychology, they call it naive realism, the tendency to believe that the other side is wrong because they are misinformed, that if they knew what you knew, they would change their minds to match yours. What we don't think, however, is maybe WE are the ones who are wrong. We never go into the debate hoping to be enlightened, only to crush our opponents. Listen in this episode as legendary psychologist Lee Ross explains how to identify, avoid, and combat this most pernicious of cognitive mistakes.
Voter turnout will play an important role in determining the relative electoral influence of different racial and ethnic groups. While demographic changes unfold slowly, it’s already clear that the 2020 electorate will be unique in several ways. Nonwhites will account for a third of eligible voters – their largest share ever – driven by long-term increases among certain groups, especially Hispanics. At the same time, one-in-ten eligible voters will be members of Generation Z, the Americans who will be between the ages 18 and 23 next year. That will occur as Millennials and all other older generations account for a smaller share of eligible voters than they did in 2016.
“Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.” - Rumi
In this divisive and polarized era how do you bridge the political divide between left and right? How do you persuade the people on the other side to see things your way? New research by sociologist Robb Willer and psychologist Matthew Feinberg suggests that the answer is in learning how to cross something they call the empathy gap.
The news on emails released by Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton have prompted public officials to look at their online communication and brand longevity differently. Every elected official is a public brand, and experienced legislators are using creative content and new technologies to cultivate brand loyalty. Here are several lessons we can learn from them.
Un mapa electoral publicado por el Centro de Investigación Pew muestra información demográfica relevante sobre los votantes hispanos en la Florida. Hay 2.6 millones de votantes hispanos elegibles en la Florida. Entre los votantes hispanos registrados en la Florida, 479.000 están registrados como republicanos y 678.000 están registrados como demócratas.