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Faculty in the College of Arts & Sciences pursue collaborative research agendas linked to political communication. They focus undergraduate students’ attention on the symbiosis between politics and communication, with special emphasis on digital technology’s growing role in campaigns and public policy debates. Faculty affiliated with the Center for Political Communication regularly conduct cutting-edge research through national and statewide public opinion polls. Studies sponsored by the CPC have received coverage in a wide range of news outlets, including the Atlantic, the New York Times, the Washington Post, USA Today, US News & World Report, the Wall Street Journal, Slate, and Wired.

 

 

Nationwide Study: Racial Images Shape Opinion on Voter ID LawsNationwide Study: Racial Images Shape Opinion on Voter ID Laws<p>A National Agenda Opinion <a href="/content-sub-site/Documents/CPC-VoterID-Race-7-2012.pdf" target="_blank">Poll</a>, conducted May 30 to June 5, 2012, by the University of Delaware’s Center for Political Communication revealed that support for voter identification laws is strongest among Americans who harbor negative sentiments toward African Americans.</p><p><em>Race and Social Problems</em>, a Springer publication, published the findings of research faculty David C. Wilson and Paul R. Brewer in an October 2014 <a target="_blank" href="http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12552-014-9131-4/fulltext.html">article</a>. The study used data from the 2012 national survey to test whether exposure to racial imagery affects support for voter ID laws. The study revealed that seeing a photograph of African Americans using voting machines affected how white respondents answered a survey question about voter ID laws. White survey respondents who saw this image expressed stronger support for voter ID laws than those who saw no image. Seeing an image of white Americans using voting machines did not affect white respondents’ support. News outlets such as <em>The Washington Post</em> and <em>The Huffington Post</em> reported study's findings.</p><p>Dr. Paul R. Brewer, Research Director, UD Center for Political Communication</p><p>Dr. David C. Wilson, Associate Dean for the Social Sciences, UD College of Arts and Sciences and Associate Professor, Political Science and International Relations</p>Wilson, Dr. David C.;Brewer, Dr. Paul R.https://www.cpc.udel.edu/ResearchProject/CPCVoterID-Race-chart.jpg
Fall 2013 Public Opinion Poll: Delaware News and PoliticsFall 2013 Public Opinion Poll: Delaware News and Politics<p>​On October 30, 2013, the University of Delaware’s Center for Political Communication <a target="_blank" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRpFMOw6iAM&list=PLjtW_T3jHfIpMsHFuPA15kwXqg6s_RcJ9&index=11">presented</a> the <a target="_blank" href="/content-sub-site/Documents/National_Agenda_2013_Topline_Full.pdf">results </a>of a Fall 2013 public opinion poll in Delaware as part of the National Agenda 2013: Delaware and the Nation. The poll measured Delawareans’ opinions on Delaware news and politics, including topics such as gay marriage, voting rights, internet security and surveillance, and the standing of Delaware officials. Click <a href="/content-sub-site/Documents/NationalAgendaPoll-fall2013.pdf" target="_blank">here </a>to read the presentation.<br></p><p>​Dr. Paul R. Brewer, Research Director, Center for Political Communication, University of Delaware</p><p>Dr. David C. Wilson, Associate Dean for the Social Sciences, University of Delaware </p><p>Sarah Burd-Sharps, Co-Director, Measure of America of the Social Science Research Council</p><p>Michael Dimock, Director of the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press</p>Wilson, Dr. David C.;Brewer, Dr. Paul R.https://www.cpc.udel.edu/ResearchProject/NationalAgendaPoll-fall2013-1.jpg
Poll: Delaware Incumbents Heavy FavoritesPoll: Delaware Incumbents Heavy Favorites<p>A September 2014 <a target="_blank" href="/content-sub-site/Documents/CPCNatAgenda2014-Senate-House.pdf">poll </a>by the University of Delaware’s Center for Political Communication shows both incumbent Delaware members of Congress with wide leads over their opponents in the upcoming election. Results give U.S. Senator Chris Coons a 27-­point lead over Republican nominee Kevin Wade. Half of Delawareans polled said they would vote for Coons, the Democratic nominee, while 23% said they would vote for Wade and 6% said they would vote for Green Party nominee Andrew Groff.</p><p>​Dr. Paul R. Brewer, Research Director, Center for Political Communication<br></p>Brewer, Dr. Paul R.https://www.cpc.udel.edu/ResearchProject/CPCNatAgenda2014-Senate-House- figure 1.jpg

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​CPC research, published in June 2015 in the Journal of Experimental Political Science, examined how social media can influence public opinion about political candidates.

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