This year’s selection for the Nobel Peace Prize — two women from Liberia and one from Yemen honored from their work in protecting and empowering women — met with nearly universal acclaim. But this week’s Economist/YouGov poll finds that the award changed few minds about the overall choices the Nobel Peace Prize Committee makes — perhaps in part because only about half the country had even heard about this year’s award. And most of those who had heard of the awardees had no opinion on the choice.
This week, when asked whether the Nobel Peace Prize Committee generally made good or bad decisions, Americans divide 29% to 27%. Last week, opinion was not much different.
Last week’s stark partisan divide, most likely due to the committee’s 2009 award to President Barack Obama, remains. Women were more approving of the committee’s decisions than men were last week, and this week the gender gap remains.
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