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What if Hillary Clinton had been elected in 2008?


Most Democrats are happy that it was Obama and not Clinton who was elected in 2008, though Hillary's favorables are higher than President Obama's What ... read more

The economy is less of a concern


Americans may still tend to be gloomy about the economy, but its importance as a major political issue has been steadily decreasing as the jobless ... read more

Americans see limits to foreign involvements


Americans are divided on whether or not the US has a responsibility towards Iraq today, and even on other issues the public can be hesitant ... read more

Who are the climate change deniers?


Republicans are far more skeptical of human-caused climate change than most Americans, who also tend to think that climate change will have a noticeable impact ... read more

What you believe about the economy depends on who you are


Bit by bit, Democrats and independents are beginning to register the slow improvement in the economy but Republicans are still gloomy about job recovery from ... read more

Reputation audit: Rick Perry


Rick Perry may have overcome doubts about his intelligence, but many questions remain Texas Governor Rick Perry may be trying to redeem himself with Republican ... read more

The Tea Party's image today


Support for the Tea Party is down compared to 2010, but most Republicans continue to back the movement's goals Is the Tea Party getting stronger ... read more

Embassies 'important', but some seen as unsafe


Americans fear embassies in several countries are too dangerous to keep open, while approval of President Obama's handling of foreign policy dips While nearly all ... read more

President Obama and the employer mandate delay


Whether or not people support delaying the business health insurance mandate depends on whether or not you mention the president in the question Americans take ... read more

What should be done about illegal immigrant children?


Public opinion is divided on whether or not the children crossing the border should be deported, or if they even have anywhere safe to return ... read more


Model Politics’s mission is to help readers engage modern political puzzles by bringing YouGov-collected survey data to bear on popular political questions. The blog is written by professional political scientists and is devoted to the rigorous analysis of data on politics, polling, public affairs, and culture. It aims to replace polemics often found in popular accounts of politics with evidence-based argument.

Model Politics was founded by Doug Rivers(YouGov) and Lynn Vavreck (UCLA) in the summer of 2010, and is produced, funded, and hosted by YouGov. Blog posts rely on survey data run each week on a representative sample of 1000 Americans.