Articles Posted in Public Opinion


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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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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Trump at the Precipice: The 39-Point Tipping Point

The scandals swirling around President Trump seem to have no end and have undoubtedly taken their toll. Both Democrats and pundits have already begun talking about impeachment, although these discussions are highly caveated at this point. This leaves us asking: is President Trump truly in political danger as many believe? This question can be addressed…

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Tax Reform: It Is Not a Slam Dunk

This Wednesday President Trump will announce his tax reform plan.  There is much speculation around both its tone and its specificity.  At first blush, tax reform may appear to be pretty straightforward—indeed tax cuts for all!   But peeling away the onion, what tax reform reveals is a mine field of problems.  Ultimately, the devil is…

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President Trump Could Use a “Better Way”

This article was originally posted on Huffington Post.   Donald Trump entered office with a relatively weak position according to public opinion. His job approval has rarely gone above 50% and currently sits in the high 30% / low 40% range per the Huffington Post/Pollster average. Over the course of his presidency, Trump has seen…

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Decoding America’s Immigration Sentiment

As published in The Huffington Post, March 13, 2017 Last Monday the White House issued its ‘revised’ refugee ban engineered to pass constitutional muster. This affords yet another flashpoint in the young life of this administration, where pundits and opportunists will draw battle lines between ‘allies’ and ‘opponents’ with all constituents divided into tribes. However,…

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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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