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April consumer confidence declines: Growing worries about future prospects

April 29th, 2016

ANN ARBOR—Consumer sentiment continued its slow decline in April due to weakening expectations for future economic growth, although consumers’ views of their current finances remained positive, according to the University of Michigan (U-M) Surveys of Consumers. The top concerns of…

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Margaret Levenstein named director of ISR Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research

April 22nd, 2016

ANN ARBOR—Margaret Levenstein has been appointed the director of the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research at the U-M Institute for Social Research. ICPSR, founded in 1962, is the largest archive of digital social science data in the world,…

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ISR formalizes long-standing relationship with Statistics Netherlands

April 12th, 2016

ANN ARBOR—The ISR Survey Research Center signed a Memorandum of Understanding yesterday with Statistics Netherlands (CBS), the Dutch agency that gathers statistical information about the Netherlands. The five-year agreement is designed to formalize the nearly 15-year collaboration between the SRC…

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Nature and nurture of the terrible twos: New insights into later behavior problems

April 8th, 2016

ANN ARBOR—Some parents worry about whether their child’s early behavior is just the “terrible twos” or actions that will escalate to aggression, stealing and fighting over time. Researchers from the University of Michigan, Penn State University, the University of Oregon…

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March consumer confidence: Income Growth Key to Expanding Consumer Sales

April 1st, 2016

ANN ARBOR—Despite small monthly variations, the overall level of consumer confidence has remained largely unchanged over the past three quarters, according to the University of Michigan (U-M) Surveys of Consumers. This stability has resulted from increased optimism about personal finances…

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Older women lose much of their advantage in living active lives

March 17th, 2016

ANN ARBOR—In a reversal of a long-standing pattern, a new study shows that older women in the U.S. have lost ground relative to older men in the number of years they can expect to live free from disabilities past age…

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Marvin Parnes, Managing Director of ISR, retires

March 7th, 2016

After 41 years of distinguished service at the University of Michigan, Marvin Parnes has retired. Parnes was Managing Director of the U-M Institute for Social Research, a position he held from 2013 through the end of February. “With all of…

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Assessing new ways to measure public opinion

March 1st, 2016

With costs for scientific sample surveys soaring and response rates falling, a growing number of analysts are turning to social media data to gauge public opinion. But are Tweets and Facebook posts really as accurate as traditional surveys and polls?…

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February consumer confidence: Will inflationary psychology prove friend or foe?

February 26th, 2016

ANN ARBOR—Consumer confidence has remained largely unchanged in the past few months, with the February reading barely different than last month (-0.3 percent) or three months ago (+0.4 percent), according to the University of Michigan (U-M) Surveys of Consumers. The…

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Voting restrictions stir anger, mobilize more Democrats to polls

February 25th, 2016

ANN ARBOR—In recent years, many states have passed laws that make it more difficult for people to register and vote. But while these laws may be disenfranchising some minority voters—many of whom support the Democratic Party—they also may be having…

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