Articles Posted in Public Affairs


Perception and Reality: Why do some countries worry about terrorism more than others?

Fig.1 Which countries are most worried about terrorism? In a global study, Ipsos asked citizens in 27 countries to provide their top three societal issues that caused them worry. Among all global respondents, 17% perceive terrorism as a top three issue of concern, four points ahead of the closely related issue of immigration control. Israeli…

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What Happened to ‘Pocketbook Populism’?

This op-ed originally appeared on The Hill.  Donald Trump rolled to the White House on a wave of populist anger and a sense that he represented the “Common Man” against the political and media elites of Washington. In office, his governing philosophy is based on identity politics for the white middle class and is symbolized…

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Learning from Evaluation: Summary of Eval 2017 Discussion Between Ipsos, Vital Voices, Lutheran World Relief, and Coca-Cola

In response to the theme of learning from evaluation, Ipsos convened a panel of its clients for the 2017 American Evaluation Association Conference in Washington DC. The panel explored what happens to impact measurement work after we deliver it and how we can better tailor our process and deliverables to clients’ organizational learning needs. Alejandra Garcia, Director of…

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Existential crisis vs social purpose: Ipsos/CORE debates highlight the challenges businesses face in addressing sustainability

As part of its mission to use its global reach to bring sectors together around the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in October Ipsos was delighted to host a series of debates and events in Boston, New York, and Washington DC alongside Neil Gaught, author of the book CORE: How a Single Organizing Idea can Change…

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NFL Boycott: Public Opinion & Fake Social Media Accounts

Public opinion is split on the fight between President Trump and the NFL, with just over one-third approving of the NFL’s response. However, the majority of Americans do not believe players should be fired for protesting. These sentiments vary widely by political persuasion, with Republicans much less supportive of the NFL and much more supportive…

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Making the global SDG indicators relevant for local actors: how a theory of change can be used to link local and global

by Meghann Jones & Kaitlin Love, Ipsos Sustainable Development Research Center, Washington DC “A robust follow-up and review mechanism for the implementation of the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development will require a solid framework of indicators and statistical data to monitor progress, inform policy and ensure accountability of all stakeholders.” (Global Action Plan for…

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Public Opinion & the Brazil Infrastructure Agenda

In Ipsos’ first annual global poll around infrastructure, Brazilians showed more discontent with their national infrastructure than did citizens of any of the 27 other countries surveyed – and by a significant margin. Despite the widespread level of dissatisfaction (62%), however, only 7% of Brazilians listed infrastructure as a priority, trailing far behind economic issues…

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DACA is About Being a ‘Real American’

This article was originally published on The Hill.  President Trump’s termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, at first blush, flies in the face of popular will. If widespread criticism was not evidence enough, public opinion polling shows a consistent and increasing supermajority support for the program and similar concepts (The Hill).…

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The hugely accurate polling in France and what it means for U.S. elections

Ipsos and our digital partner, Sopra Steria provided the most accurate estimates of the first round of the French presidential election delivering solid intelligence to their media partners including France Television, Radio France and more. In a hotly-contested race with more than ten candidates, Ipsos and correctly predicted the final order of the top six candidates…

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Media manipulating same data to drive different narratives

You can find the original version of this article in The Hill.  We pollsters frequently make claims about the beliefs of “most Americans.” We make these generalizations to help make complicated patterns in data easier to understand. However, in the reporting of our work, we often see these broad simplifications stretched to almost caricature-levels, leading…

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