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The Most TV-iest Time of the Year Part 2

“Premiere Week” is here, and despite a few surprises at the Emmys Sunday night, nobody should be surprised by the amount of last minute marketing the broadcast networks have rolled out to remind potential viewers that nearly two dozen new shows … Read More…

Incumbency is still King: Brazil’s Dilma is still the favorite in 2014, even after the protests.

The Brazilian presidential election is more than a year away. But already pundits and the odds-makers are assessing President Dilma’s chances of being reelected.  For many, dark clouds are on her horizon.  Why?

Some cite a very lethargic economy with inflation and unemployment ticking up.  Others stress the recent widespread protests as a general sign of the public’s discontent with Dilma and the PT.  Still others argue that the rise of the middle class has shifted voter priorities from the economy and jobs to quality of life issues like healthcare, crime, transportation, and education, with the Dilma government being ill-prepared to meet these new demands.

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When Pollsters Get it Wrong – You Have a Right to Know

In the fifth video of the “You Have a Right to Know” series, Darrell Bricker, Global CEO of Ipsos Public Affairs explains the complexities involved in election polling, including the impact of voter turnout, voting vs. general populations, and how pollsters can do a more effective job at predicting election outcomes.

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Are Americans Saving Enough for College? Ipsos Public Affairs/Sallie Mae How America Saves for College Report 2013

how-america-saves-for-college-2013 In 2011, America sent nearly 22 million people to college. With tuition prices on the rise many American families are getting a head start on saving for college. Are they doing enough though? In a report published today by Sallie Mae and conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs, we illustrate the current trends in how American families are preparing for their financial investment in higher education.

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From “Bowling Alone” to Bowling Online: The Link between Social Media and Social Capital

In 2000, Robert Putnam wrote Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community in which he chronicled the decline of “social capital” in the United States. Putnam described the decline in the in-person social intercourse that Americans had used to found, educate and enrich the fabric of their social lives. Putnam also discussed the ways in which Americans have disengaged from political involvement including decreased voter turnout, lower public meeting attendance, fewer serving on committees and working with political parties. At the time, these same trends were being noted in Canada and other Western countries.

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Owning the “Change” Agenda: The 2013 Italian parliamentary elections

On February 24th and 25th, Italy will hold a general election which will produce a new Prime Minister.  This occurs against the backdrop of a dismal economy where over the last 10 years the GDP did not expand –a net 0% growth rate—and with  an unemployment  rate in the double digits.  Mario Monti,  the present Prime Minister who came to power in November 2011 after the fall of Berlusconi’s government, was the consensus choice among all parties  to push needed economic and market reforms.  In the wake of the Greece default, Italian politicians and policy makers wanted to staunch the credibility bleed  by chosing Monti, a technocrat and university professor, as Prime Minister.  It was thought that he would be the one to push the necessary but unpopular reforms—those most demanded by investors and other international stakeholders.

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Just more about Jobs, Jobs, Jobs or Setting the stage for Long-Term Economic Competitiveness

Just more about Jobs, Jobs, Jobs or Setting the stage for Long-Term Economic Competitiveness?

Today, February 12th 2013, President Obama will give the 227th State of the Union address and the 5th of his presidency. This specific speech will have special significance because it is the first of his second term as president. It is his opening volley and will help set the policy tone for the next four years.  It, in other worlds, is an important speech.

But what should, and ultimately what will, Obama say?

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Optimism Abound for 2013

Optimism for 2013 is high among participants in a new 23-country poll by Ipsos for Reuters News


Optimism is high among participants in a new 23-country poll by global research company Ipsos for Reuters news.

Eight in ten agree (80%, up 8 points since 2011) they are optimistic that 2013 will be a better year than 2012. This optimism is mirrored by a similar spike in those optimistic that the global economy will be stronger in 2013. Even though only half (49%) agree, the measure represents an eight-point improvement since last year.

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Free Research Isn’t Free

In the fourth video of the “You Have a Right to Know” series, Darrell Bricker, Global CEO of Ipsos Public Affairs, explains the rationale behind ‘free’ polls, including what questions journalists should ask before covering the results, and how to spot a rogue poll.

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Medical Tourism

Global citizens appear to be medically mobile, as one in five (18%) indicate they “definitely would” consider traveling to another country to receive medical or dental care if the cost were significantly lower than in their country. The findings shed light on medical tourism, an increasingly popular worldwide phenomenon that is becoming a formalized industry in many countries.

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