Articles Posted in Public Affairs


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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Americans Familiar with Affordable Care Act are its Strongest Supporters

A unique new study Ipsos/NPR study shows that opinions vary dramatically as does the understanding of key facts

People have opinions. That’s a fact. In the democratic process, citizens express their opinions directly by voting. In a perfect democracy – the democracy many policy makers and pundits think we live in – citizens make those decisions based on the facts in a well-informed, rational way. Voters ideally should understand the issues and then vote in the way that benefits them and advances their views.

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Widespread Pessimism or Glimmers of Hope? US Consumer Confidence After the 2016 Presidential Election

The 2016 US presidential election can be characterized by widespread discontent with the status quo. Indeed, a supermajority of Americans see the system as broken. And strong majorities across party lines believe that America is on the “wrong track”. However, American consumer confidence has strongly rebounded since the Great Recession (bottomed in 2009), showing especially…

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Attitudes Toward Trade

Americans are most focused on domestic issues: in particular, economy and jobs. A very strong majority of Americans see international trade as an important policy focus. However, they do have serious reservations and believe that the US gets the “short end of the stick” on trade deals. Specifically, they see international trade as a primary…

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Public Opinion & The Infrastructure Agenda

Shifting Paradigm Context The system is broken.  America is becoming increasingly polarized. Both parties use framing to push their problems. Why? There are increased immigration pressures with more non-white than white babies born in 2011. There is economic pressure on the middle class. 63% believe they are worse off than their parents.  Infrastructure & Public…

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No, You May Not “Unskew” My Polls: A Refresher

It seems that I need to re-up my 2012 post on “why having unequal numbers of Democrats and Republicans in polls is OK”. I was hoping after the massive failure of the “Unskewing Guy” in 2012 I wouldn’t have to revisit this, but it seems I’m wrong. If the amount of abusive emails and tweets…

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