Should Congress treat insurrectionists as the Romans did?
The political divide that led to the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection on the Capitol building has been perpetuated in discourse over how to properly address the role of legislators who may have been involved. On the Jan. 6 anniversary of the insurrection, Michele Salzman, a UC Riverside history professor, published...
'Love thy neighbor, mask up'
Both religious and patriotic messages helped persuade white evangelicals to wear masks to protect against COVID-19. The lessons may carry over to vaccine messaging.
UCR poll: 'If it's Trump vs. Newsom, Newsom wins'
A poll of UC Riverside social sciences professors holds that Gov. Gavin Newsom should prevail in the current recall effort against him. Two committees, RescueCalifornia.org and RecallGavin2020.com, have launched efforts to gain 1.5 million signatures to put a Newsom recall on the ballot. The deadline for submitting signatures is March...
Why some people vote against their own beliefs
Many low-education voters who embrace social welfare programs vote against their own beliefs, new UC Riverside research holds. The mitigating factor is education: The more education one has, the more likely one is to stick to one’s policy preferences. “It means candidates who employ tactics such as fear and attaching...
'I know that we're going to get through it'
As election day morphs into election days, UC Riverside’s students are like voters red and blue alike: seeking comfort where they can find it. “I think everyone wanted a definite result. We did not get that,” said political scientist Shaun Bowler. In a Zoom session on Wednesday morning, more than...
SoCal residents split on vaccine, not on presidency
Southern Californians are on board with masks and willing to sacrifice dollars for health. Those are a couple samplings from the findings of a new survey conducted by UCR’s Center for Social Innovation and the Southern California News Group. The residents polled split on a vaccine, with only 48% saying...
Political scientists make battleground state predictions
UC Riverside political science professors were polled on their predictions for eight battleground states, and the results carry some optimism for the Joe Biden camp.
Anxious about the election? Political Scientists explain why
As American voters wrestle with record-setting anxiety leading up to Nov. 3, forthcoming UCR research says Democratic voters are feeling more angst.
Voters and multiracial candidates? It's complicated
There is a whole new dynamic that pundits, campaign managers, and voters will be negotiating in American politics, and the starting gun has already been fired. That is, the complicated — so says the research — dynamic of how voters regard multiracial candidates. On the national stage, it began with...
UC officials applaud Supreme Court's DACA decision
University of California officials applauded on Thursday the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Trump administration’s attempt to end a program that allowed 650,000 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, recipients to live and work in the country. “Justice and the rule of law won the day,”...
Research finds support for ‘Trump effect’
Racially inflammatory speech by political elites can embolden members of the public to express their own prejudice
Research suggests Trump’s ‘Muslim ban’ produced rare shift in public opinion
Far from its intended effect, the ban generated public opposition to the policy, according to a study co-authored by UCR’s Loren Collingwood