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A 2021 study by Jesse Rhodes, Political Science Professor and Associate Director of the UMass Poll, which found that same-day voter registration yielded a 2%-17% higher Black and Latino voter turnout compared with states without same-day voter registration, is cited in an opinion piece about efforts to define Islamophobia and to establish same-day voter registration in New Jersey. ( The Newark Star-Ledger, 10/28/21; News Office release)

A new UMass/WCVB poll finds Massachusetts voter support for at least two questions on the ballot. The poll found that 59% of voters said they plan to vote Yes on Question 1, the so-called “millionaire’s tax.” The poll also found that Question 2, a measure to create new dental insurance regulations, is likely to pass, with 68% saying they planned to vote yes. Voters are split on Question 3, which would adjust the number of liquor licenses that any one retailer could own or control across the state, as well as on Question 4, a referendum on a new law opening access to driver's licenses for all residents regardless of legal status. ( WCVB, 10/28/22; News Office release)

Raymond La Raja, political science and associate director of the UMass Poll, is quoted in a story about Democrats trying to hold on to their majorities in the House and Senate after the midterm elections. The president’s unpopularity creates an even more challenging environment, the article states. “Approval numbers help you gain power within the beltway, people are less willing to screw with you if you have high approval numbers,” La Raja says. “People want to get on the bandwagon when they think you're a popular president, they're more likely to negotiate with you so within governing itself, it matters.” (WCHS-TV [Charleston, W.V.], 10/27/22)

A new UMass/WCVB poll finds Democratic candidate for governor and Attorney General Maura Healey maintaining a large lead over her Republican opponent, Geoff Diehl. The poll, conducted after the final debate between the two candidates, found that 61% said they would definitely support Healey or were leaning in her direction, while Diehl has the support of 33% of those polled. ( WCVB, 10/28/22; News Office release)

A UMass poll finding that a majority of voters oppose impeachment of President Joe Biden is mentioned in a New York Times story about Republican Party leaders beginning to equivocate about the issue in the leadup to election day. “Pressed recently on whether Mr. Biden or any officials in his administration deserved to be impeached, [minority leader Kevin McCarthy] said, ‘I don’t see it before me right now,’” the article states. “The response reflected an awareness that impeachment — as commonplace as it has become — is deeply unpopular. A national University of Massachusetts Amherst poll released in May showed that 66% of voters oppose impeachment, including 44% who said they strongly oppose the move.” ( NY Times,10/28/22; News Office release)

On November 14 at 4:00pm, The Human Security Lab will present a virtual teach-in on the situation of civilian men in Ukraine under President Zelensky's martial law. International human rights law professor Amy Maguire from The University of Newcastle joins UMass Political Science Professor Charli Carpenter to discuss the human rights dimensions of the travel ban and answer questions about how it affects civilian men and their families and what Americans can do to help. Please register to attend!

As the nation approaches the 2022 midterm elections, American voters expressed fear, anger and a great deal of worry in a new national UMass Amherst Poll, the results of which were released Oct. 21. Nearly three-quarters of Democratic voters (74%) and 65% of Republican voters said that they will be angry – and three-quarters of both party’s voters said they will be afraid – if the opposing party takes control of Congress, the poll of 1,000 respondents found. “As each national election has increasingly been viewed by the public as a zero-sum affair, in which one party wins and another loses, and as candidates on both sides of the partisan divide tout each election as the ‘most important of our lifetimes,’ it is no shock that majorities of both Democratic and Republican voters express fear and anger if the opposing party takes control of the U.S. Congress,” says Tatishe Nteta, Provost Professor of Political Science and Director of the UMass Poll. (WCVB-TV 5 Boston, 10/21/22; News Office release )

Raymond La Raja, Professor of Political Science and Associate Director of the UMass Poll, is quoted in an article examining the latest poll results finding one-third of Americans believe in the “Great Replacement” theory, which claims the U.S. is at risk of losing its national and cultural identity as a result of the growing influx of immigrants to the country. “We can see why immigration is such a boiling issue,” La Raja says. “One-third of Americans believe that the growth in the number of immigrants in the country means that America is in danger of losing its culture and identity. But 41% of voters disagree. A remarkable 37% of voters think some elected officials want more immigration to bring in obedient voters who will vote for them, while 33% disagree. Grappling with immigration policy will continue to be among the most challenging tasks for political leadership. There is no dodging the strong emotions that drive people’s politics on this issue.” ( MassLive, 10/26/22; News Office release)

Jesse Rhodes, Professor of Political Science and Associate Director of the UMass Poll, is quoted in an article examining the potential long-term impact of the January 6 Committee. “It’s evident that the investigations are making people aware of the threats to our democracy, and they are eroding Donald Trump’s brand and enthusiasm for him,” Rhodes says. (The Kansas City Star, Miami Herald, The Wichita Eagle [all via The Hill] 10/25/22)

New UMass Poll results that a majority of voters don’t want either Joe Biden or Donald Trump to run for president in 2024 has received coverage on a number of radio stations. “As President Biden and former President Trump maintain their position as the favorites for their party’s nomination in 2024, a majority of the American public believe that these two soon-to-be-octogenarians may be doing more harm to the nation than good and would support them both stepping away from the political landscape,” says Tatishe Nteta, Provost Professor of Political Science and Director of the poll. “With two years until the 2024 presidential election, it is up to the American public to communicate whether they want to see an electoral sequel to 2020 or if it is time for new voices to lead the nation.” (Bloomberg Radio, WBZ Boston , KFI-AM Los Angeles, WHO-AM Des Moines , KFBK-AM Sacramento, 10/25/22; WABC-AM New York , WSB-AM Atlanta, 10/26/22; News Office release )