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Partisanship Isn’t The Only Reason Why So Many Americans Remain Unvaccinated

Partisanship Isn’t The Only Reason Why So Many Americans Remain Unvaccinated

Welcome to Pollapalooza, our weekly polling roundup. It’s easy to blame partisanship for everything these days. Including the speed with which COVID-19 is raging through the U.S., causing cases to spike and CDC guidance to shift.  The delta variant is spreading rapidly in part because around 30 percent of Americans remain entirely unvaccinated. About 60 percent of adults are fully vaccinated and another 9 percent are partly vaccinated,1 which puts the country just short of — and behind schedule for…

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Politics Podcast: What Americans Think About Vaccines, Masks And Shutdowns As Covid Cases Spike

Politics Podcast: What Americans Think About Vaccines, Masks And Shutdowns As Covid Cases Spike

By Galen Druke, Maggie Koerth, Alex Samuels and Geoffrey Skelley, Galen Druke, Maggie Koerth, Alex Samuels and Geoffrey Skelley, Galen Druke, Maggie Koerth, Alex Samuels and Geoffrey Skelley and Galen Druke, Maggie Koerth, Alex Samuels and Geoffrey Skelley   More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS The number of covid cases in the U.S. is surging, largely due to the Delta variant. Earlier this summer there were 10-15,000 reported cases per day, but that number is now up to…

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Gavin Newsom Has Reason To Worry

Gavin Newsom Has Reason To Worry

It’s official: For only the fourth time in U.S. history, a state will hold an election on whether to recall its governor midterm. The long-expected gubernatorial recall election in California is set for Sept. 14, and 46 candidates (not including the governor himself, Democrat Gavin Newsom) have officially qualified to run. But perhaps the most intriguing development in the race has come in recent polling. After the recall looked uncompetitive for months, evidence has emerged that the race is tightening….

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The Mysterious Case Of 2020’s Polling Error

The Mysterious Case Of 2020’s Polling Error

In this installment of the FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast, the crew looks back at the record number of Democrats who ran for president in 2020 and assesses where they are now. They also review a new report from the American Association for Public Opinion Research on why election polls were historically off in 2020. Powered by WPeMatico

Where Marjorie Taylor Greene’s False Claim About COVID-19 And Obesity Came From

Where Marjorie Taylor Greene’s False Claim About COVID-19 And Obesity Came From

This is the latest edition of our column that excavates the origins of public figures’ factually dubious comments. We explain what their claims are referring to, the evidence (or lack thereof) behind them and where they sprang from in the first place. Who said what … On July 19, Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia tweeted the following: “The controversial #COVID19 vaccines should not be forced on our military for a virus that is not dangerous for non-obese people…

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Will A Pro-Vaccination Push By GOP Leaders Change The Minds Of Unvaccinated Americans?

Will A Pro-Vaccination Push By GOP Leaders Change The Minds Of Unvaccinated Americans?

Welcome to FiveThirtyEight’s politics chat. The transcript below has been lightly edited. sarah (Sarah Frostenson, politics editor): With the delta variant of the coronavirus surging in the U.S. and COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations once again on the rise, there is a renewed sense of urgency that people get vaccinated — as the rate of vaccination has steadily ticked down since April. Those who aren’t vaccinated are bearing the brunt of this latest COVID-19 surge, as states with low vaccination rates,…

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How A Special Election In Texas’s 6th District Will Test Trump’s Influence On The GOP

How A Special Election In Texas’s 6th District Will Test Trump’s Influence On The GOP

Ideologically, Susan Wright and Jake Ellzey have a lot in common. For starters, the first three priorities on their respective campaign websites are identical: defending the Second Amendment, opposing abortion rights and strengthening the U.S.-Mexico border. Both also claim that President Biden and his administration are promoting immigation among undocumented migrants and, echoing former President Trump’s false claims of election fraud, call for more restrictive voting laws. Overall, both candidates tout their conservative bona fides as a reason why they…

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Politics Podcast: Does Running For President Always Help Your Career?

Politics Podcast: Does Running For President Always Help Your Career?

FiveThirtyEight   More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS Almost a year after the 2020 Democratic National Convention, the FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast crew looks back at the record number of Democrats who ran for president in 2020 and assesses where they are now. The team asks whether all the candidates are in a better position now than they were before they ran. They also review a new report from the American Association of Public Opinion Research on why election…

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Cities That Reduced Arrests For Minor Offenses Also Saw Fewer Police Shootings

Cities That Reduced Arrests For Minor Offenses Also Saw Fewer Police Shootings

In response to nationwide protests last summer over the murder of George Floyd by police, many cities and states have tried to change their approach to policing. One such strategy is to make fewer arrests for low-level offenses in an effort to reduce the number of potentially violent encounters between the police and the public. Virginia, for instance, banned police from pulling people over for exclusively minor traffic violations earlier this year. Meanwhile, Oregon decriminalized drug possession. Louisiana restricted police…

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Are Americans’ Concerns Over Inflation Inflated?

Are Americans’ Concerns Over Inflation Inflated?

According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, consumer prices rose 5.4 percent between June 2020 and June 2021, exceeding the 2 percent target rate of inflation set by the Federal Reserve. It is the largest 12-month increase since August 2008, and according to a recent NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll, inflation is now Americans’ leading economic concern. Many economists, including Fed chair Jerome Powell, say that the increase in prices is only temporary as the country comes out of…

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