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Ebola: Less worry, but public wants strict controls


Americans are less worried this week about contracting Ebola, but a large majority still support strict controls on potential Ebola victims Americans are a little ... read more

High support for Ebola quarantine


Most Americans support a quarantine for people coming from countries badly affected by Ebola In the days after the second person was diagnosed with Ebola ... read more

Americans begin to see employment gains


As unemployment drops below 6% for the first time since 2008, Americans are finally beginning to notice the slow improvement in the economy Americans may ... read more

Rick Perry in the spotlight again


As the Ebola crisis draws national attention to Texas, Republican attitudes towards Rick Perry have improved significantly With the hospitalization and death of the first ... read more

Obama gets low marks in key states


In 43 states, likely voters tend to disapprove of Barack Obama’s job performance, and disapproval is especially high in several states with competitive Senate races ... read more

Roosevelts: Positive views transcend partisan divide


Decades after the Roosevelts dominated the national stage, opinions of them are very positive, even among their erstwhile opponents Americans, for the most part, are ... read more

America divided on hate speech laws


A large majority of Americans support tougher penalties for hate crimes, but the country divides on laws prohibiting hate speech Most Americans would protect the ... read more

No ground troops, but will air strikes be enough?


Americans remain opposed to sending U.S. ground troops to fight ISIS, though many worry air strikes will not be enough. Americans continue to support air ... read more

Women and the Democrats


Unmarried women lean heavily towards Democrats in the upcoming midterms, unlike men and married women The Democratic Party has put faith in victory in the ... read more

Republicans happier with their house reps than Democrats are


Republicans tend to be happier with their representative than Democrats, but GOP voters are much less keen on their party leaders Americans don’t like Congress, ... 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.