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To Grill or Not to Grill

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To grill, or not to grill, that is the question my dear Ophelia? I know, I know wrong Shakespeare character.

In a recent Ipsos Public Affairs survey, Is Outdoor Cooking America’s Favorite Summer Pastime?, we explore America’s passion for grilling, spending time with friends, and enjoying a refreshing summer cocktail. It seems as if quite a bit of us escape the kitchen heat for the backyard grill. Eight in ten (81%) cook outside during the summer months, on average about six times per month, and almost 1 out of every 2 Americans (49%), feel cooking outside is the #1 best thing about preparing meals at home during the summer.

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American Partisan Support for U.S. Iran Policy

Foreign policy is traditionally a strength of the Republican Party. Americans often prefer Republican positions on international issues particularly in situations that involve conflict. However, part of the core rationale for Barack Obama’s candidacy in 2008 was his opposition to the war in Iraq. Can history repeat itself and can Obama’s nuanced approach to foreign…

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Health & Wellness Going to the Dogs

I’m as confused as the next person about what I should be eating and drinking. Is red meat good for me, or not? Will coffee and beer make me die young, or give me super powers (I’m really, really hoping for the latter, as I’ve been training hard)? It seems like every day there’s another…

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Education levels among U.S. Elected Officials Part Two

By Saide Ashaboglu Last post (link) we discussed how U.S. politicians’ education levels differed from the general population, which yielded an interesting comparison.  Fora second deep dive, we decided to look at differences between the Democratic and Republican parties. The politicians we looked at hold office as Representatives, Senators, and Governors. One question that intrigued…

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Values of Observational Research

Fundamentally, research is about answering questions.  Want to find out why are plants green? Do some research with a botanist. Want to know how gravity works? Do some research with a physicist. Want to know who won the 1977 World Series? Do some research with a historian.  But if we have a question about what…

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2016 Turnout Projection Update – June 2015

In recent posts I’ve outlined how we plan to use our Reuters/Ipsos survey data to forecast turnout for the 2016 presidential election and shown where we stand – with our way too early estimate – as of May 2015. In this post, I’d like to bring in some other proof points, expand our analysis a bit and update our turnout projections.

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TOMAmeter June 1 – 7: The Whispers Makes a Loud Debut!

ABC’s new summer program, The Whispers, made its series debut last week and shot all the way up to #5 in our TOMAmeter rankings. The last new program to debut at #5 was FOX’s Empire back in January of this year. Empire had a nice week in its own right as the program bounced back from the cusp of the Top 20 up nine places to #10.

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Education levels among U.S. Elected Officials

by Saide Ashaboglu It is always fascinating pulling a specific group out of the general population and seeing the terms in which they differ from the overall make-up of the country. After this initial idea was born, we thought looking at the education levels of people who represent us in Federal and State government[1] would…

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TOMAmeter May 25 – 31: The Top 20 Gains Some New Faces!

While the usual suspects remained in the Top 5, the rest of the TOMAmeter rankings saw quite the shake-up! Seven programs emerged from beyond the Top 20 to make the cut this week, with one program making its TOMAmeter debut.

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TOMAmeter May 18 – 24: Orange is the New Black Is Back!

Netflix’s Orange is the New Black is back in the Top 3 for the first time since August of last year. The online program, which is set to premiere its third season this June, moved up from #8 this week and now joins AMC’s The Walking Dead (#2) and HBO’s Game of Thrones (#1).

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