How often do Americans spend free time in nature?

July 15, 2019
We asked a nationally representative survey of Americans how often they spend free time in nature and what prevents them from doing so more. Two-thirds of American adults say they spend free time in nature at least once a month or more often, including nearly half of all adults who say they do so at least once a week. However, 1 in 6 American adults report “never” spending free time in nature, with those age 65 or older, those from lower income households, and African Americans most likely to say this.
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Changing Racial Narratives in Minnesota's Media

July 1, 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.

Representing US

May 15, 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 vacant, following evidence of election fraud, with a new primary scheduled for May 14.) Women also won more than 100 seats in the House for the first time in history. Explore all the results in our interactive tools—with both 2018 and 2016 voting outcomes.
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Prescribed opioids: Trends and hotspots

April 9, 2019
While opioids are sold on the streets, more than one hundred million prescriptions for them are also written in doctor’s offices and clinics each year. Between 2013 and 2017, an average of 46 U.S. residents died every day from overdoses involving prescription opioids. Despite falling nationally and in many counties, prescribing rates remain extremely elevated in certain parts of the country. In 2017, there were 492 U.S. counties in which enough opioid prescriptions were dispensed for every person to have one. Explore our interactive map with trends for counties from 2006-2017.
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What do Americans think about water use and pollution?

March 26, 2019
In collaboration with our partners at The Water Main, we conducted a survey to measure Americans’ knowledge about water use and pollution throughout different sectors of the industrial economy. Slightly more than half correctly answered which sector uses the most water, while fewer than one in four correctly answered which sector pollutes the most. This nationally representative survey of 1,004 adults was conducted between January 22-27, 2019.
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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.