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ISR News Releases

Media coverage, attitudes about Latinos drive immigration debate

December 7th, 2012

ANN ARBOR—The debate about immigration policies is shaped primarily by how one group feels about another—not solely based on economic concerns, according to a new University of Michigan study. White Americans’ feelings about Latinos, but not other groups, powerfully drive…

Dana Garbarski: The Role of Rapport in Sensitive Interviews

December 4th, 2012

Dana Garbarski is the winner of the 2012-2013 Charles Cannell Fund in Survey Methodology. Suppose your spouse had a serious illness today with very low chances of survival. First, what if he were mentally intact, but in severe and constant…


2012 Snapshots from the ISR Family

December 4th, 2012

This Season’s Greetings audio slideshow features 2012 snapshots from the ISR family and music by former Surveys of Consumers research assistant Alex Wand.

Consumer confidence remains high in November, but will Congressional Grinch steal Christmas?

November 26th, 2012

ANN ARBOR—Consumer confidence remained largely unchanged from last month at its highest level in five years, 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 Social…

The 2013 Consumer Spending Outlook

November 16th, 2012

ISR economist Richard Curtin, Director of the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers, presented his 2013 forecast for consumer confidence on Thursday, November 15, 2012, at the annual U-M Economic Outlook Conference.

Aspiration, assets can lead youth down path to college

November 16th, 2012

ANN ARBOR—Aspiring to attend college is not enough for children who want to reach their goals. The chances of finishing high school and college are significantly higher for children for whom this aspiration is accessible and relevant in their daily…

Making sense of the 2012 presidential election

November 7th, 2012

In making sense of the 2012 elections, U-M political scientists came to the same conclusion about what led to President Obama’s victory: race and gender affected which candidate voters chose. Less than 24 hours after most ballots were counted –…

U-M ISR renews global partnership with Qatar University

November 5th, 2012

ANN ARBOR – The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research (ISR) renewed its partnership agreement with Qatar University’s Social and Economic Survey Research Institute (SESRI) on Nov. 3 in Doha, Qatar. The agreement expands on a 2008 partnership to develop…

Latest disability trends: Oldest old improving but Boomers doing worse

October 30th, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—The oldest old are doing better and those approaching late life are doing worse.  But Americans between the ages of 65 and 84 are experiencing about the same level of disabilities as they did at the start of…

Consumer confidence posts a record gain in October

October 26th, 2012

ANN ARBOR—Consumers were more optimistic in the most recent survey about prospects for their own personal finances, according to University of Michigan economist Richard Curtin, director of the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers.  The Surveys, conducted by the…

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