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Why Social Science? Because Misogyny Is Still Alive and Well and Women Still Don’t “Rule” Equally to Me

Oct 20, 2020

By Lori M. Poloni-Staudinger, PhD (Northern Arizona University), J. Cherie Strachan, PhD (Central Michigan University), Candice D. Ortbals, PhD (Abilene Christian University), and Shannon Jenkins, PhD (University of Massachusetts Dartmouth) Fifty years after Ruth Bader Ginsberg worked to secure…

Impeachment, Natural Disasters, and Elections Signal Difficult Road Ahead for FY 2021 Appropriations

Jan 22, 2020

The second session of the 116th Congress kicked off earlier this month, and while the new year did not begin with a historically-long government shutdown as it did in 2019, Congress still faces a myriad of challenges to completing spending bills for the coming fiscal year. The Senate is expected to…

Mood of the Nation Poll examines gun control as case reaches Supreme Court

Dec 4, 2019

The Supreme Court’s decision on a New York City gun regulation could mean the first significant judicial action on gun reform in nearly a decade — at a time when the McCourtney Institute for Democracy’s Mood of the Nation Poll finds that a majority of Americans support stricter regulations for gun…

Researchers analyze use of social media during Puerto Rican uprising

Aug 21, 2019

When the people of Puerto Rico took to the streets after a series of government corruption scandals this past July, a group of researchers took the opportunity to determine the role of social media in the organization and dissemination of the protests, marches and other activities that occurred.…

Film on Puerto Rico, energy policy to premiere at Penn State

Jul 10, 2019

“DisemPOWERed: Puerto Rico's Perfect Storm,” a film that examines the reasons why Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico in 2017, will premiere at Penn State. The screening will occur at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, in Foster Auditorium in Pattee Library. Following the screening there will be a…

Though politically divided, Americans remain patriotic

Jul 2, 2019

Beyond fireworks and outdoor parties, the Fourth of July provides an opportunity for citizens across the United States to reflect on what it means to be an American. Despite increasing polarization, people across the political spectrum appear to be largely united on what it means to be patriotic,…

Penn State podcast series covering issues impacting democracy

Jun 18, 2019

Penn State podcast series covering issues impacting democracy Penn State’s The McCourtney Institute for Democracy has crafted an intellectual podcast series, Democracy Works, to highlight issues in American democracy. Instead of bipartisan debate, the series addresses problems from a broader…

Marching for climate change may sway people's beliefs and actions

May 29, 2019

Americans have a long tradition of taking to the streets to protest or to advocate for things they believe in. New research suggests that when it comes to climate change, these marches may indeed have a positive effect on the public. A team including Penn State researchers found that people tended…

Dionne shares his views on empathy and democracy in latest podcast

Apr 18, 2019

The “Democracy Works” podcast spoke with E.J. Dionne about his views on the relationship between partisan politics and democracy. The conversation covered various topics from Donald Trump, the future of the republican party, and the need for empathy in politics. E.J Dionne is a columnist for The…

Funding agency investigations emphasize need for researcher disclosures

Feb 19, 2019

As international research collaboration continues to grow at Penn State and universities across the U.S., investigators are urged to carefully review the disclosure of their international affiliations. While the vast majority of international collaborations are acceptable — and encouraged — it is…

Penn State Geography class wins regional competition

Feb 1, 2019

Penn State’s Geography 421 class was recently named a regional winner in the first Draw the Lines PA mapping competition. The class is led by PRI affiliate, Christopher Fowler, assistant professor of geography. Fowler discovered the Draw the Lines after a Google search and took his findings to his…

Mood of the Nation Poll examines empathy, or lack thereof, between parties

Dec 6, 2018

In the years since the 2016 election, countless news stories and public opinion polls have sought to answer the question of what divides Republicans and Democrats. Results from the latest Penn State Mood of the Nation Poll show that not only do people with opposing political beliefs fundamentally…

New poll: Voters are just as angry as in 2016

Nov 13, 2018

By Eric Plutzer and Michael Berkman Voters this fall aren’t just sharply polarized; they’re also very angry — whether they’re Democrats, Republicans or even independents. In partnership with YouGov, Penn State’s McCourtney Institute of Democracy has been polling Americans to assess the overall mood…
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Mood of the Nation Poll finds one person's anger is another's pride

Oct 15, 2018

From Colin Kaepernick to Brett Kavanaugh, Americans appear to be sharply divided over the people who shape political life.  Those divides are evident in the latest McCourtney Institute Mood of the Nation Poll. The poll utilizes open-ended questions that allow participants to respond in their own…