February 12, 2019Millions of Americans lost their homes during the Great Recession, as the housing market collapsed, the economy faltered, and many Americans found themselves unable to pay their mortgages. Now, more than 10 years later, we are examining key changes in the housing market: renting rates, affordability challenges, and homeownership opportunities for the nation’s largest cities, coast to coast.
February 8, 2019In the 2018 mid-terms Minnesota was home the only two U.S. House districts in the nation that flipped from Democrat to Republican (besides one that had been redistricted in Pennsylvania), and the state is currently home to the nation’s only divided state legislature. Less rare: one of Minnesota’s U.S. Senators, Democrat Amy Klobuchar, is running for president. Continuing a collaboration we started with MPR News leading up to the 2018 election, this page serves as point of reference for reputable polling of Minnesotans on key political figures.
January 8, 2019With our third release of our Representing US project, we’re highlighting the November 2018 midterm elections, which shook up the composition of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Democrats won 235 seats, including 43 formerly Republican districts. Republicans had claimed 199 seats, including three flipped from the Democrats. North Carolina’s 9th district remains uncalled, following allegations of election fraud. Women also won more than 100 seats in the House for the first time in history. Explore all the results in our interactive tools.
November 13, 2018How Americans Relate to Water: A Qualitative Study for the Water Main was conducted by Wilder Research and the APM Research Lab from February 23 to April 15, 2018. Results from this exploratory, qualitative study from 11 locales around the United States will inform programming and the research agenda of American Public Media’s Water Main. In the report, go more in-depth on data about the perception gap, water in conversation and in the news, connections to water beyond environment, personal connections to bodies of water, trade-offs regarding water policy, water-related interest groupings and core values, and methods.
October 25, 2018The MPR News | Star Tribune Minnesota Poll interviewed 800 Minnesotans identified as likely voters, to understand their views on high-level races and political issues in the news. The latest poll was conducted in October, 2018. It revealed Minnesotans’ opinions on the races for governor, Minnesota attorney general, and Minnesota’s U.S. Senate seats. The poll also asked about policy preferences about health care and raising the gas tax, agreement/disagreement with President Trumps’ policies on trade and immigration, the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, and Governor Dayton’s favorability and approval after 8 years in office.
June 27, 2018The U.S. Supreme Court’s June 2018 ruling in Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) case—which struck down mandated fees from those covered by employment contracts in public unions—has wide-ranging implications for the future of organized labor. Just prior to the ruling, the APM Survey asked a nationally representative survey of American adults what they think about labor unions. The results indicate Americans are evenly divided about whether union dues should be mandated or the choice of each worker. However, 62 percent of Americans feel the United States would be “better off” if unions were “stronger” compared to only 23 percent who prefer “weaker” unions. On both topics, differences of opinion exist by income, political party, race and more.
April 2, 2018We asked a representative sample of more than 1,650 Minnesotans—from the Twin Cities and throughout Greater Minnesota and major regional centers—what they think about everything from their own personal finances to the future of our state. Their responses provide insights on jobs, health care, immigration, politics, and much more.
February 19, 2018On February 4, 2018, the Philadelphia Eagles bested the New England Patriots (41-33) in Super Bowl LII. The APM Research Lab wished to know whether Minneapolis, Minnesota, which hosted the game at U.S. Bank stadium, also “won”—in terms of altering public perception of its character. The APM Research Lab conducted the National Survey of Super Bowl Impressions to assess whether Americans knew that Minneapolis was the host city, and whether media coverage of the event changed their impressions of Minneapolis as a desirable place to visit. Thirty-seven percent of Americans said they were “more likely” to think of Minneapolis as good place to visit, compared to 27 percent who said “less likely.”
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