Ryan D. Enos
  • Hurricane Sandy's Predictably Small Effect On The Electionarticle

    Hurricane Sandy's Predictably Small Effect On The Election

    In case you hadn't heard, there was a big storm right before the election. Despite no real evidence, , and even some , have tried to demonstrate an effect of Hurricane Sandy on the election outcome. Is it possible that it had an effect? The likelihood that the ...

    17 Nov 2012
  • Romney Relies On Race To Attack Obama On Welfarearticle

    Romney Relies On Race To Attack Obama On Welfare

    Mitt Romney has stuck with his theme of attacking President Obama over "gutting" the work requirement for welfare. In an often-aired television , Romney's claims that Obama "quietly" dropped the requirement that welfare recipients find work and instead they "just send you a check". As Romney's ad loosely indicates, ...

    12 Sep 2012
  • The Surprising and Symbolic Power of Unionsarticle

    The Surprising and Symbolic Power of Unions

    Unions may be powerful in shaping opinion, even if their political influence is on the wane. It may seem like a long time ago now, but just a few weeks back, the political news was all about Scott Walker beating a recall bid in Wisconsin. At the time, it was ...

    05 Jul 2012
  • Interpreting Gay Marriage Poll Results: Don’t do the Bump and Wigglearticle

    Interpreting Gay Marriage Poll Results: Don’t do the Bump and Wiggle

    In 1960, Richard Neustadt wrote , in which he told students of politics that presidential power was the “power to persuade.” Neustadt wasn’t so much talking about shifting public opinion, but introduced that wrinkle in 1986. On May 9, President Obama announced that his opinion ...

    31 May 2012
  • Recent Changes in Support for Same-Sex Marriage: Is There a Difference Across Races?article

    Recent Changes in Support for Same-Sex Marriage: Is There a Difference Across Races?

    YouGov is in the field each week on Saturday mornings with a nationwide, 1,000-person survey. Today, we're going to look at the surveys before and after President Obama’s ABC interview during which he came out in support of same-sex marriage. The interview made news for days --- and was the ...

    19 May 2012
  • Guns, Public Opinion, and Trayvon Martinarticle

    Guns, Public Opinion, and Trayvon Martin

    Tragedies inevitably raise political questions. Politics, despite its tawdry reputation, is essentially a competition over matters of fundamental importance. So, when the story of the killing of Trayvon Martin made national news it is not surprising that . Ultimately, because politics are involved, any resolution to ...

    23 Apr 2012
  • Success, Faith, and Politicsarticle

    Success, Faith, and Politics

    Previously, I wrote about the divide between liberals and conservatives over the value of college: liberals are far more likely than conservatives (by 20 percentage points) to believe that college is important to financial success. Since then, I've been asked by several people, "then what do conservatives believe is important ...

    28 Mar 2012
  • The Politicized Value of Collegearticle

    The Politicized Value of College

    When Rick Santorum chided President Obama for encouraging all Americans to go to college, he received widespread criticism, but it may still have been good politics.According to new survey data, the value of college has been politicized and it is an issue on which liberals and conservatives are worlds ...

    15 Mar 2012
  • Fighting Over What's Real: Why Food Stamp Association Could Be Criticalarticle

    Fighting Over What's Real: Why Food Stamp Association Could Be Critical

    Leading up to the 2010 election, Model Politics published several posts about the distorted view typical Americans have of those who live around them – overestimating the presence, by large amounts, of everything from to the number of . The greatest misperception, however, ...

    30 Jan 2012
  • Do Americans Care about Politics?article

    Do Americans Care about Politics?

    We expected that most Americans would place a high value on the party of their Congressmen...55% of respondents they would not pay even $1 to place their preferred party in power.

    10 Dec 2010