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Two-thirds of Massachusetts parents support COVID vaccination mandates for public sector workers and public schoolchildren, according to a new statewide University of Massachusetts Amherst / WCVB Poll. The 66% of parents who support the mandate for public sector workers and 64% who support the mandates for children attending public schools significantly outpaces non-parents, of whom 50% support the worker mandate and 43% support the child mandate. (UMass News, 11/22/2021)

The Massachusetts attorney general appears to be the only serious general election threat to a third term for Baker, should he choose to run again in 2022. Gov. Charlie Baker has opened up a six-point lead over Attorney General Maura Healey in a theoretical matchup of the 2022 gubernatorial general election race, according to a new statewide University of Massachusetts Amherst / WCVB Poll. (UMass News, 11/19/2021)

A new statewide University of Massachusetts Amherst / WCVB Poll  finds Gov. Charlie Baker’s approval rebounding from his March 2021 low, buoyed by growing optimism about the Commonwealth’s economy and his handling of the COVID pandemic.
The poll of 750 Massachusetts residents conducted Nov. 9-16 found that 56% of respondents approve of the way Baker is doing his job, which while still down significantly from the 78% approval he held in August 2020 is four points higher than the 52% approval rating he held in a UMass Amherst / WCVB Poll conducted this past March. (UMass News, 11/18/2021)

In an Op-Ed piece published by the Washington Post, Professors and Associate Directors of the UMass Amherst Poll Raymond La Raja and Alex Theodoridis argue that the implementation of ranked-choice voting by delegates to the Virginia Republican statewide delegation reduced the chances that a Trumpist candidate would run away with the party’s nomination for governor, likely securing the key to victory for the GOP. (The Washington Post, 11/5/21)

Donny Snyder (PhD student, Dept. of Political Science) received a grant of up to $1,000 from The International Society for Self & Identity (ISSI) for research in the area of political identity. His funded project aims to test how psychological intergroup bias-reduction interventions may be translated into a political polarization-reduction context by adding additional dimensions for cross-categorizing political identities.

Professor Justin Gross comments on the latest anti-Biden catchphrase, now ubiquitous among right-wing crowds. “It's a way to say the thing that people want to say...but we can get grandma and the 11-year-old involved, because they’re not saying a naughty word.” (NBC News, 11/03/2021)

“We’re seeing the beginning of the baton passing to a new generation,” said Tatishe Nteta, associate professor of political science at UMass Amherst. “This decade is going to be about those transitions.” (Vox, 11/03/2021)

Associate Professor Jamie Rowen, along with Assistant Professors Joshua Kaiser and Youngmin Yi in sociology and Cindy Xiong in CICS, were awarded a Deans Research Council Grant for their study: "Understanding the Progressive Prosecution Agenda: Trust and Transparency in Data and Decision-Making." Through a partnership with the Northwestern District Attorneys office, the group working through the Center for Justice, Law, and Societies will examine efforts to reduce bias and inequality, and increase trust and transparency in criminal justice institutions. 

The following Professors from the School of Public Policy Brenda Bushouse and Charles Schweik, and Associate Professor Saba Siddiki from Syracuse University, Political Science Professor Doug Rice along with undergraduate student Isaac Wolfson worked together to publishe: "The Institutional Grammar: A Method for Coding Institutions and its Potential for Advancing Third Sector Research".

Abstract: Institutions—defined as strategies, norms and rules (Ostrom Understanding institutional diversity, Princeton University Press, Princeton, 2005)—are omnipresent in third sector contexts. In this paper, we present the Institutional Grammar (IG) as a theoretically informed approach to support institutional analysis in third sector research. (VOLUNTAS, 10/20/2021)

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