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Changing Racial Narratives in Minnesota's Media

March 18, 2019
This survey of about 250 Minnesota media members—with responses from reporters, editors, producers and more—sketches a fascinating portrait of how media professionals think about race and racial narratives. Survey respondents were asked questions about their perceptions of portrayals of various racial groups in the Minnesota media, the influence their work has on public perceptions of race, and their exposure to training about racial narratives. Only 1 in 5 media professionals surveyed think news media in Minnesota are doing a “good” or “excellent” job portraying Indigenous people and people of color in local coverage. The survey was conducted in collaboration with Wilder Research and members of the Truth and Transformation: Changing Racial Narratives in Media partnership.
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APM Survey: Should public higher ed be free? And is a four-year college degree currently worth the cost?

March 11, 2019
The APM Research Lab, in collaboration with APM Reports’ Educate team and The Hechinger Report, conducted a survey to see what Americans believe about the value of college degree—relative to its cost—and whether they felt that public higher education should be free. Our nationally representative survey of 1,003 American adults (18+) was conducted between November 27-December 2, 2018.
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National Survey of Super Bowl Impressions 2019

February 25, 2019
On February 3, 2019, the New England Patriots triumphed over the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII. The APM Research Lab sought to learn whether host city Atlanta, Georgia, also “won”—by leaving a positive impression on Americans during its time in the national media spotlight. In the week following the Super Bowl, the Lab conducted the second annual National Survey of Super Bowl Impressions to assess whether the event changed Americans’ impressions of Atlanta as a desirable place to visit. Regardless whether they watched the Super Bowl live, more than 6 in 10 American adults knew that Atlanta (or Georgia) was the site of the big game. In addition, 35 percent of Americans said they were “more likely” to think of Atlanta as good place to visit, compared to 28 percent who said “less likely.”
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How the housing market has changed over the past decade

February 12, 2019
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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Poll Watch: Minnesota

February 8, 2019
In 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.

Representing US

January 8, 2019
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 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.
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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 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.
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MPR News | Star Tribune Minnesota Poll, October 2018

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 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.
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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.