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Americans support the president's ISIS policy – but not the president


Most people continue to disapprove of Obama's response to the ISIS threat, even as they support the actions he has taken to counter it Although ... read more

Americans are evenly divided on Scottish independence


However, those who are actually following the issue are more likely to say Scotland should remain in the United Kingdom Only half the American public ... read more

Partisanship and action: How a speech can help


Whether or not the public supports a particular executive order depends a lot on which party they and the President that issued it are in ... read more

Looking back at the 2008 financial crisis


The 2008 financial crisis has left a lasting memory of personal impact for all Americans, but opinions differ widely on where America finds itself today ... read more

Democrats may need convincing on Syria


Support for military action in Iraq is high, but the President may have to work to convince Democrats to support air strikes in Syria When ... read more

Americans like Medicare and Medicaid, but parties split on expansion


Americans overwhelmingly like Medicaid and Medicare and support Medicaid expansion, though Republicans like Medicaid much less than they like Medicare When the Affordable Care Act ... read more

Chris Christie's Foreign Policy Lesson


Half of Republican voters may like Chris Christie but his favorability is lower than other likely GOP candidates for 2016 New Jersey Governor Chris Christie ... read more

Ukraine: People don't think sanctions will stop Russia


Support for tougher sanctions on Russia might have the highest popular support of any particular response, but most Americans just don't think that sanctions will ... read more

Even Democrats doubt Obama has a strategy for Ukraine and Iraq


Americans don't think Barack Obama has a clear plan for U.S. strategy in Iraq and Isis and are increasingly critical of his leadership When President ... read more

Looking back at Bill Clinton's presidency


Bill Clinton's popularity is rooted in high favorables with non-Democrats and a positive economic legacy Bill Clinton remains the most popular living ex-president.  In an ... 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.