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While a recent UMass Amherst poll showed President Biden's net approval rating at 44%, up 4 points from October, “The real issue is always the economy,” said Ray La Raja, professor of political science at UMass Amherst and associate director of the UMass Poll. “Is it going to stay on track? It's doing OK, inflation is coming down. What are we going to have? Are we going to fall into recession?” (WCTI [N. Car.] from The National Desk, 1/20/23;  News Office release

A recent UMass Amherst poll finds that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has gained ground on former President Trump, “but Trump still gets most first-choice votes and is among the top three choices for almost two-thirds of Republicans," said professor or political science and co-director of the poll Alex Theodoridis. (AlterNet, 1/22/23; El País [Spain], 1/20/23; News Office release)

Hundreds of media outlets across the country, including CSPAN, Salon, Politico and The Hill, either cited the poll’s results or quoted poll director Tatishe Nteta and co-directors Ray La Raja, Jesse Rhodes and Alex Theodoridis. (News Office, 01/25/23)

Paul Collins, professor of legal studies and political science, comments in an article about the U.S. Supreme Court’s investigation into the leak of an opinion draft that led to last year’s overturning of Roe v. Wade. “The big takeaway is that the court has a problem, and that it wasn't able to locate the source of that problem,” Collins says. (WACH Fox 57 [South Carolina], 1/20/23)

Alexander Theodoridis, Co-Director of the UMass Poll, participates in two podcasts about recent poll results, including a finding that 37% of Republicans still choose Donald Trump as their party’s nominee, and discusses polling in the age of hyperpartisanship. “We wanted to see how much of the rank-and-file have received this memo that Donald Trump is in the rearview mirror,” he says. “Generally speaking, this is not a party where the average voter is giving the stiff arm to Donald Trump. He’s not persona non grata.” (Fast Politics with Molly-Jong Fast, The Cycle w/ Rachel Bitecofer, 1/19/23; News Office Release)

A UMass poll from shortly before last November’s midterm elections found that 33% of respondents named the economy as the most important issue when voting for candidates. (GBH News [Boston], 1/17/23; News Office release)

The poll also found that six in 10 respondents support setting an upper age limit for presidents, and were asked their views on proposed state and federal laws related to issues including gun control, abortion, campaign finance, education and gender identity. (WCVB [Boston], 1/17/23; News Office release)

While majorities of Democrats, Republicans and independents all express outrage that racism exists, a new national poll finds that Republicans are more likely than others to view racial problems as rare or isolated situations. The UMass Amherst poll is based on responses from 1,000 people who were surveyed between Jan. 5 and Jan. 9. Pollsters report the margin of error is 3.55%. (WCVB, 01/13/23 - Poll toplines, Poll crosstabs)


A new UMass Amherst poll finds Americans’ views softening on the events of Jan. 6, 2021, and a growing belief that the nation should “move on” from the attack on our democracy. “In the days after the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump, many in the mainstream media and prominent elected officials described the event as an ‘insurrection’ and those responsible for the violence that day as ‘insurrectionists,’ embracing a term used to describe an organized and violent uprising against one’s own government,” says Tatishe Nteta, Provost Professor of Political Science and Director of the UMass Poll. “However, the majority of Americans when reflecting on Jan. 6 have viewed the event as a ‘riot’ and the participants as ‘rioters.’” (WCVB [redistributed by WISN12 Milwaukee, KOAT Albuquerque, KOCO Oklahoma City, WLWT5 Cincinnati, MyNBC5 Burlington, Vt., among others] 1/11/23; News Office release)

Writing in response to a published opinion column, Peter d’Errico, Professor of legal studies Emeritus, says the legal concept of tribal sovereignty addressed by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1823 is “a denial of the free existence of Indigenous nations.” (Inforum, 11/29/22)