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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 )

Half the country thinks the nation would be better off if Joe Biden and Donald Trump stepped away from politics, though they remain their parties’ top choices for 2024. While a new national University of Massachusetts Amherst Poll finds President Joe Biden’s job approval inching up to 40% for the first time in 2022, more than half of the country say it would be better off for the nation if both he and former President Donald Trump stepped away from politics in 2024. (News Office Relations, 10/24/22)

The National Center for Technology & Dispute Resolution NCTDR, located in the Legal Studies Program in the Department of Political Science at UMASS Amherst will host this free, online conference open to the public from October 31 to November 4, 2022. Access the Program agenda & participation here.

 Assistant Professor of Political Science Paul Musgrave is interviewed for a story about survey findings that regular newspaper readers are more likely than those who get their news from television to be able to identify foreign countries on a blank map and answer basic questions about them. “It is so hard to keep track of events in this country, let alone everywhere else, and the more countries you start watching, the worse your ability to track any one of them actually gets,” Musgrave says. “But if you have somebody who can just tell you what to think, a trusted agent, it becomes more manageable.” (MorningConsult.com, 10/17/22) 

A 2021 UMass/WCVB poll on perceptions about marijuana in Massachusetts is mentioned in a story about a rise in cannabis use by women. The poll revealed that only a fraction of residents believed that cannabis has negatively impacted the state. Of 750 respondents, 61% said legal adult-use cannabis has been positive for Massachusetts, 25% remained neutral, and 13% said it has been negative. (Connecticut Health I-Team, 10/13/22; News Office release)

There is additional distribution of a Daily Mail article that quotes Tatishe Nteta, Provost Professor of Political Science and Director of the UMass Poll, about Kanye West’s assertion that BLM was a “scam,” one day after wearing a “White Lives Matter” shirt at his Yeezy fashion show in Paris. Recent UMass Poll findings show support is decreasing for the Black Lives Matter movement, even among African Americans. “Kanye West in some ways is voicing a sentiment that some aspects and portions of the American public believes and supports,” Nteta says.

Provost Professor of Political Science and Director of the UMass Poll Tatishe Nteta comments in an article reporting that most Democratic candidates in competitive races for statewide office have now set debates with their Republican opponents. “If there’s a lack of a competitive race, it doesn’t behoove the candidate who is in the lead to debate. Strategically, it doesn’t really make sense,” Nteta said. (The Boston Globe, 10/1/22)

With the opening of the U.S. Supreme Court,  Professor Paul Collins comments in a Newsweek article about the possibility that the Court could overturn a ban on bump stocks put in place after a 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas. "If accepted, this case will mark the first time in almost 90 years that the justices weigh in on significant gun control measures involving regulations of particular attributes of firearms,” Collins said. (Newsweek, 10/1/22)

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