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Beyond the ‘Arab Street’: Cutting-edge public opinion surveys in the Middle East

March 25th, 2013

The “Arab street” is a popular cliché used to describe what people are thinking in the Middle East. But it’s rarely clear how opinions are collected on this proverbial street. One thing is obvious: There is serious need for a…


Society 2030 presents graduate student competition awards

March 20th, 2013

  David M. K. Knapp, a doctoral student in Economics, and Stephanie M. Carpenter, a joint doctoral student in Marketing and Social Psychology, have won the first annual Society 2030 Graduate Student Competition. The competition awards projects that address and…

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Ch-ch-changes in U.S. population coming sooner than expected

March 13th, 2013

ANN ARBOR—A major cultural and geographic divide is emerging between Americans under age 35 and over age 50, according to University of Michigan demographer William Frey. “More than 70 percent of today’s baby boomers and seniors are white, and they…

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House addresses paradox of U.S. health care and health

March 11th, 2013

ANN ARBOR – Out of control spending on health care and insurance is a major cause of the current fiscal crises in the United States. Although the country spends far more on health than any other nation, it now ranks…


A ‘purpose in life’ lowers risk of stroke for older adults

March 6th, 2013

ANN ARBOR—Among older American adults, a greater purpose in life is linked with a lower risk of stroke, a new University of Michigan study found. Diseases like stroke can cause severe social, financial and personal burden. Therefore, recent studies have…

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Consumer confidence rises in February due to expected job gains

March 4th, 2013

ANN ARBOR—Consumer confidence improved in February due to more positive signs of expanding employment, according to University of Michigan economist Richard Curtin, director of the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers. The surveys, conducted by the U-M Institute for…

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U-M expert to help Gallup review political polling methods

February 7th, 2013

ANN ARBOR—University of Michigan professor Michael Traugott, a nationally recognized expert in political communication and polls, is assisting the Gallup Organization with reviewing its survey methodology used in political polling. The polling organization tracks attitudes and behaviors worldwide on many…


Trouble ahead: Fewer have retirement funds, more raid them

February 5th, 2013

ANN ARBOR—The proportion of working Americans with pensions of any kind has steadily decreased since 2001, according to a University of Michigan analysis that suggests trouble ahead for U.S. seniors. “We expected to see a decline in the percent of employed…

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Payroll tax hike narrows January gains in consumer confidence

February 1st, 2013

ANN ARBOR—Consumer confidence began to improve in January following the uncertainty generated by the fiscal crisis, according to University of Michigan economist Richard Curtin, director of the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers. The surveys, conducted by the U-M…


Age and Empathy: Middle-aged are most likely to feel your pain

February 1st, 2013

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Looking for someone to feel your pain?  Talk to a woman in her 50s. According to a new study of more than 75,000 adults, women in that age group are more empathic than men of the same age…

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