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UMass Amherst poll released current national coverage on Feb. 5 about the 2024 election. Developing reports found that 63% of voters viewed both President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump as old and 48% said they are out of touch with the issues facing the country today. (MassLive, 2/19/24; News Office release)
​In addition to national and international stories, a recent UMass Poll found that more than half of the respondents said they preferred neither President Joe Biden nor former President Donald Trump. (South China Morning Post, 2/19/24; ArabianBusiness [UAE], Manila Standard [Philippines], 2/20/24; News Office release)
An article on a likely rematch between President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump cites a January UMass Amherst Poll finding that more than half of respondents would prefer that neither candidate run for president again. (The Guardian, 3/9/24; News Office release)

Jesse Rhodes, Professor of Political Science and Co-Director of UMass Poll, comments in an article on the security required to protect shelters housing migrants in Massachusetts. Jesse says“In the context where immigrants have been consistently represented as a fundamental threat to the U.S., there are a huge amount of conspiracies theorizing around migrant centers and where people are being kept and are living." (Boston Globe, 03/13/24)

Tatishe Nteta, Provost Professor of Political Science and Director of the UMass Poll, was interviewed on "Uncounted Millions: The Power of Reparations," the latest episode of the documentary podcast series Reparations Now. Can reparations be a reality for all Black Americans? In New York, the state where the majority of Gabriel Coakley’s descendants now live, the governor has signed a bill creating a task force to consider reparations for formerly enslaved people. It’s the third state to do so. But beyond local considerations, does this debate have real momentum at a national level? In the final episode of “Uncounted Millions: The Power of Reparations,” we take a look at public opinion polling on reparations, along with the dollars and cents of making this a reality across the country. And we return to Gabriel Coakley’s descendants to understand how the family plans to keep alive the legacy he created a century and a half ago. (MSNBC Podcast, 3/14/24)

The UMass Amherst Poll added that support for a federal program paying reparations to descendants of enslaved Americans has declined. (American Renaissance, 2/22/24; News Office release)

Tatishe Nteta and Jesse Rhodes, political science and UMass Poll, and doctoral student Adam Eichen published an analysis of how sexist views among Republican voters may have helped sink Nikki Haley’s presidential campaign: “Only 27% of Haley supporters agreed with the statement that ‘women seek to gain power by getting control over men,’ but 38% of Trump voters agreed.” (The Conversation)

Reporting on efforts to enact reparations policies in California and New York cites a 2023 UMass Amherst Poll finding that 36% of Americans supported providing reparations for descendants of enslaved people. Read More

Alexander Theodoridis, Professor of Political Science and Co-Director of the UMass Poll, is one of 10 political experts weighing in on the expected Joe Biden-Donald Trump presidential rematch.  “Given the slow pace of the U.S. Justice System and the likelihood of protracted appeals, I do not expect the multiple lawsuits filed against Trump to pose a practical obstacle to his presidential campaign,” Theodoridis says. “I also don’t think the long list of accusations against the former president significantly weakens the support he enjoys amongst most Republican voters.” (Le Grand Continent [France], 1/15/24)

“Even if the process engineering uses clean materials, what energy source will the company be using to provide its electricity, and what provisions are in place to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from the factory?” Peter M. Haas, professor emeritus of political science, wrote a reply to an article about an incoming clean-tech cement plant coming to Holyoke. Read More >

Charli Carpenter, political science, legal studies, and director of the Human Security Lab, writes about positive developments in human security. “But for all the bad news last year, 2023 also showed that the world has the right tools to ensure human security globally, and its citizens are using them and will continue doing so in the year to come,” she notes. Read More >

Judge Charles Groce III, legal studies Professor of Practice and presiding justice of the Springfield Drug Court, was featured in a recent news story. “We recognized that all the punishment and adjudication has not in any way, shape or form significantly impacted the plague of addiction and has not assisted us in keeping folks out of the criminal justice system. So,” says Groce, “we're trying a more revolutionary and radical approach.” Read More >

A 2023 UMass Poll showing that about 1 in 6 Americans, and 1 in 3 Republicans, think “patriot” is a good descriptor for those who participated in the Jan. 6, 2021  events at the U.S. Capitol is cited in a column about differences in how the event is characterized by former President Donald Trump and by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. (The Washington Post, 1/5/24; News Office release)