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Alex Theodoridis, political science, and co-director of the UMass Amherst Poll, is interviewed about the recent UMass Poll of former members of Congress showing rising concerns about threats of political violence related to next year’s presidential election. “Eighty-four percent said that they are concerned about violence in the 2024 election, and that’s actually very similar to what we’ve seen the last couple elections from voters,” he says. (KMOX [St. Louis], 12/12/23; News Office release)


Lauren McCarthy, legal studies and political science, has co-authored a piece on forms of anti-war protest in Russia: "It is unique in both scale and dedication when compared to anti-war movements in recent history, yet Western discourse largely doesn’t understand it."

“Newsom embodies California in both his style and politics. How will that play with Midwestern voters who are suspicious of San Francisco politicians who hang out in wine country?” Ray La Raja, political science and co-director of the UMass Poll, says California Governor Gavin Newsom could have an image problem if he runs for president.

Commenting on recent polling showing President Joe Biden with less support going into the 2024 election than he had in 2020, Alexander Theodoridis, political science, says, “Once Democrats come to terms with the fact that Biden will be the nominee (and, more importantly, that Trump will in all likelihood be the GOP nominee), a lot of the internal malaise expressed in current polls should dissipate.”(The New York Times, 12/6/23)

A June 2021 policy brief co-authored by Jesse Rhodes, political science, is cited in an article on a proposal for same-day voter registration in New Jersey. The brief outlined research finding that turnout by Black and Latino voters can be up to 17 percentage points higher in states with same-day registration. (New Jersey Monitor, 11/22/23)

A column on the migrant crisis cites an October UMass Amherst Poll, which found 63% of Massachusetts residents surveyed said they either “strongly” or “somewhat” supported the state’s right-to-shelter law. (The Boston Globe, 12/4/23; News Office release)

A New UMass Amherst Poll of nearly 300 former members of Congress shows rising concerns about threats of political violence. The survey, conducted between June and October, finds 84% of the former legislators surveyed said they were concerned about the possibility of violence related to the 2024 presidential election, including 74% of Republicans and 94% of Democrats. (Politico, 12/5/23; News Office release)

Political scientist Charli Carpenter traveled to New York this week, accompanied by a group of former and current UMass students affiliated with Human Security Lab, to present research findings on the impact of the nuclear ban treaty on the strength of the nuclear taboo. (Human Security Lab, 11/29/23)

Paul Musgrave, Professor of Political Science, describes how global brands are often forced to pick sides in times of war. “The more global a brand becomes, the more likely it is to be entangled in international disputes, and the more picking a side comes with costs, even for the softest of products like fizzy drinks or ice cream,” he writes. (Foreign Policy, 11/24/23)

“The language in the Code of Conduct is exceedingly vague. Most importantly, there appears to be no enforcement mechanism. So, I read this code of conduct as an acknowledgement of the criticisms the Court is currently facing – which has resulted in historically low public approval – but not as a serious effort to address the ethical issues facing the Court.” Paul Collins, Professor of Legal Studies and Political Science, comments on the new code of ethics released by the U.S. Supreme Court on November 13. (Miami Herald, 11/14/23)