Representing US

December 6, 2018
With 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 election erased what was a 43-seat advantage for the Republicans and handed the majority to the Democrats. As of November 15, Democrats had won 230 seats, including 38 formerly Republican districts. Republicans had claimed 198 seats, including three flipped from the Democrats. Seven races have yet to be officially called. Women also won more than 100 seats in the House for the first time in history.

How Americans Relate to Water: A Qualitative Study for the Water Main

November 13, 2018
How Americans Relate to Water: A Qualitative Study for the Water Main was conducted by Wilder Research and the APM Research Lab. Results from this exploratory, qualitative study with 201 respondents from 11 locales around the United States will inform programming and the research agenda of American Public Media’s Water Main. This study was conducted from February 23, 2018, to April 15, 2018. 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.

MPR News | Star Tribune Minnesota Poll

October 25, 2018
The 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 poll was conducted in September and October, 2018.

How the housing market has changed over the past decade

October 16, 2018
Millions 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.
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APM Survey: Labor unions and "right-to-work"

June 27, 2018
The 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.

2017 Ground Level Survey of Minnesotans

April 2, 2018
We 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.
Super Bowl LII

National Survey of Super Bowl Impressions

February 19, 2018
On 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.”