New Poll Findings on Syria Policy, ISIS, Race Relations, and the American Election
The survey is part of the launch of the University of Maryland Critical Issues Poll. The Critical Issues Poll is an initiative sponsored by the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences and is made up of two partners: the Anwar Sadat Chair for Peace and Development and the Center for American Politics and Citizenship.
Central Findings on the State of the 2016 Presidential Race:
Full article by Anwar Sadat Chair for Peace Shibley Telhami and CAPC director Stella Rouse via Reuters.
Take Away: While Hillary Clinton held a sizeable lead over Donald Trump, Americans are
also looking for a break with the status quo. About two thirds say they strongly agreed or
somewhat agreed that “the system is rigged against people like me.” More than half of
respondents in our sample see Donald Trump as the more likely agent of change, yet
Americans are split on the type of political change they prefer (gradual or revolutionary).
And despite their desire for change, the majority of respondents still chose to back Hillary
Clinton in the election. With regard to the 2005 Access Hollywood tape, it had a
measurable impact on voter attitudes: Although 91% of voters said the tape didn’t change
their minds, about 6% said they changed their mind away from potentially voting for
Trump—a significant shift so close to Election Day. In addition, Democrats became much
stronger supporters of their candidate in the wake of the tape.
Central Findings on Race Relations in the United States
Full article by Anwar Sadat Chair for Peac Shibley Telhami via the Washington Post.
While most Americans agree that race relations are bad, a majority of Americans holds a
negative view of the Black Lives Matter movement. Furthermore, Americans are split
along partisan lines as to which presidential candidate can better heal the divide in the