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ISR News Releases


U-M Study: The War on Poverty lost the political battle

January 27th, 2014

ANN ARBOR—A new University of Michigan analysis challenges the conventional wisdom that Lyndon Baines Johnson’s War on Poverty failed because it didn’t work.  In the decade after Johnson declared “unconditional war on poverty,” poverty rates plummeted to reach their historic…

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Most U.S. students are exposed to food or beverage marketing at school

January 13th, 2014

ANN ARBOR—Most public elementary, middle and high school students are exposed to some kind of commercial marketing efforts at their schools, designed to increase sales of food and beverages or develop brand recognition and loyalty in order to increase future…

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Confidence improves in December

December 23rd, 2013

ANN ARBOR–Consumer confidence rebounded among households with incomes less than $75,000 in December, according to the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers.  Conducted by the U-M Institute for Social Research (ISR) since 1946, the Surveys monitor consumer attitudes and…

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U-M study tracks changing values in the birthplace of the Arab Spring

December 18th, 2013

ANN ARBOR—Public attitudes in Tunisia, the birthplace of the Arab Spring, show strong support for secular politics and religious moderation and tolerance, according to a University of Michigan survey conducted earlier this year. The findings help to explain the political…

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Teen smoking continues to decline in 2013

December 18th, 2013

ANN ARBOR—Smoking among teens in grades 8, 10 and 12 continued to decline in 2013—a positive trend since most smokers begin their habit in adolescence— according to the latest survey results from the nationwide Monitoring the Future study. Based on…

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Teens more cautious about using synthetic drugs

December 18th, 2013

ANN ARBOR—The use of synthetic marijuana by the nation’s teens dropped substantially this year, and a sharply increasing proportion of them see great risk in using so-called “bath salts.” Both of these drugs are synthetics sold over the counter in…


White paper urges new approaches to assure access to scientific data

December 18th, 2013

ANN ARBOR—A newly released white paper calls for new approaches for preserving scientific data and sustainable funding of domain repositories—data archives with ties to specific scientific communities. “Sustaining Domain Repositories for Digital Data: A White Paper” is the result of…


Many older Americans rely on people, devices, other strategies to get by

December 12th, 2013

ANN ARBOR— Only about a third of Americans ages 65 and older are fully able to take care of themselves and go about their daily lives completely independently, according to a new study published online in the American Journal of…

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U-M collaborative sparks integration of biological and social data

December 10th, 2013

The BioSocial Methods Collaborative, based at the U-M Institute for Social Research, is funded in part by the U-M Office of the Provost. Partners include the U-M Life Sciences Institute and the U-M Medical School. “We aim to be a…

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Energy drinks plus alcohol pose a public health threat

December 4th, 2013

ANN ARBOR—Mixing energy drinks with alcohol is riskier than just drinking alcohol alone, according to a new study that examines the impact of a growing trend among young adults. Published in the current issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health,…

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