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A june UMass Amherst poll finds that 46% of the 1,000 people surveyed oppose a new law that allows immigrants without legal status to apply for a standard state driver’s license. The new law go into effect on July 1, 2023, it has surpassed the number of signatures required to get a ballot measure in front of voters this November. (Baystate Banner, 8/24/22; News Office release)

Professor of Political Science Tatishe Nteta says, “The state’s Republican Party has experienced a massive shift in the past year,” with Trump-backed Geoff Diehl leading in polls over Chris Doughty. Professor of Political Science Jesse Rhodes adds, “Diehl’s popularity with Republican primary voters shows that the Trumpification of the GOP is happening even in an arch-liberal state like Massachusetts.” (Courthouse News, 8/20/22)

The UMass Poll was released in June finding that Geoff Diehl is leading his opponent Chris Doughty by more than 30 points, the poll was cited in an article about Diehl’s decision to decline a televised GOP debate hosted by the WCVB, WBUR and the Boston Globe. (WBUR, 8/16/22; News Office release)

Marissa Carrere has been named one of the 44 Advance Faculty Fellows for the coming academic year. As an Advance Fellow, she will partner with UMass ADVANCE to promote gender and racial equity for faculty at UMass. Faculty Fellows provide recommendations and feedback to the team about ADVANCE programming and liaise with their departments to promote the ADVANCE program. They also inform ADVANCE about successful equity and inclusion initiatives in their units. Each year ADVANCE announces a theme related to our focus on Collaboration and Equity. UMass ADVANCE’s theme for the upcoming program year is “Recognizing Research and Crediting Collaboration Equitably.” (UMass ADVANCE, 9/7/22)


Professor of Political Science Charli Carpenter is interviewed in NPR “All Things Considered” about martial law in Ukraine that prohibits most men between the ages of 18 and 60 from leaving the country – a policy intended to keep them ready for conscription into the military. Carpenter says, “There's a human rights law that says everybody has the right to leave their country and return to it if they want. And that is a rule in treaty law that can be suspended in time of national emergency, but only when it's strictly necessary, which it's hard to argue this is.” (NPR, 8/15/22; News Office release)

A June poll by UMass Amherst showing Tanisha Sullivan trailing incumbent Secretary of State William Galvin 21% to 35% among likely voters is quoted in a story about U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley backing Sullivan in the race. (Baystate Banner, 8/3/22; News Office release)

Professor of Political Science Charli Carpenter, political science and director of the UMass Amherst Human Security Lab, has written an article based on the lab’s survey of Ukrainians that finds a number of practical and strategic considerations for the country to consider to lift its ban on letting men aged 18-60 leave the country with their families. An article Carpenter wrote for Foreign Policy in July covered the human rights and humanitarian aspects of the ban, which applies to all men within that age range regardless of their training or fitness for military service. (Business Insider, 8/4/22)

There is additional coverage of a July article in The Conversation co-written by Professor of Legal Studies and Political Science Paul Collins. Collins and a colleague at Northern Illinois University write that nearly two-thirds of Americans want fundamental court reform, specifically term limits for Supreme Court justices. They write, “Our extensive research on the Supreme Court shows life tenure, while well intended, has had unforeseen consequences. It skews how the confirmation process and judicial decision-marking work and causes justices who want to retire to behave like political operatives.” (UPI, 7/29/22; Michigan Advance, 8/1/22)

An article on recent legislative successes by President Joe Biden cites a UMass Poll on attitudes toward reparations in the context of the proposed policy of baby bonds, a way to shrink the wealth gap without being racially exclusive. (Newsweek, 7/29/22)

“The First Amendment gives people a lot of protections to protest, to speak out. Courts are going to be pretty hesitant to say where that crosses the line into an insurrection unless it’s clearly violent or provoking violence.” Raymond La Raja, Professor of Political Science and Associate Director of the UMass Amherst Poll, is quoted in a news article analyzing whether former president Donald Trump can be excluded from the 2024 ballot due to the 14th Amendment. The core of the discussion is the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution, which says no person shall hold office in the United States who took an oath to support the Constitution, then “engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the [Constitution].” The 14th Amendment was ratified in 1868 amid Reconstruction after the Civil War. That section was intended to prevent Confederate leaders from regaining political power. (CommonWealth. 07/2022)