Dan Cassino

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    How masculinity combined with false beliefs leads many Americans to dread the holidays.

How masculinity combined with false beliefs leads many Americans to dread the holidays.

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This holiday season, millions of Americans will gather with their families, some for the first time in nearly two years. But these gatherings may not all be happy ones, writes Dan Cassino. Discussing the findings of a national survey, he finds that those who want to talk about social and political issues are more likely to hold false beliefs […]

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    What Happened?: How gender may have influenced support for Trump among African-American and Latinx voters in 2020

What Happened?: How gender may have influenced support for Trump among African-American and Latinx voters in 2020

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Following the 2020 election, there has been some evidence that Donald Trump performed better than polls had predicted among African-American and Latinx voters. Dan Cassino argues that gender identity – not race – may be a better indication of support for Trump. He writes that recent polls have shown that men who identify more closely traditionally masculine gender identity […]

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    How men’s misplaced sense of masculinity in the face of Covid-19 may be killing them

How men’s misplaced sense of masculinity in the face of Covid-19 may be killing them

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The evidence and messaging are clear – one of the most important ways that people can protect themselves and others from the spread of Covid-19 is to frequently wash their hands. And yet, according to survey data, men are still washing their hands less often than women. Using survey data, Dan Cassino finds that men who feel that they […]

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    Most Democratic voters would prefer a presidential candidate 10 to 15 years younger than the current primary front-runners

Most Democratic voters would prefer a presidential candidate 10 to 15 years younger than the current primary front-runners

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The top three candidates in the US Democratic Presidential Primary race are all 70 or older. Dan Cassino looks at whether age is a factor in people’s support for candidates. Using survey data, he finds that across all age groups, respondents tended to prefer younger candidates to older ones, and that those between 40 and 50 were especially favored […]

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    Generic ballot measures, party candidate recruitment and the coming 2018 wave

Generic ballot measures, party candidate recruitment and the coming 2018 wave

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Using data on generic ballot results back to 1954, Dan Cassino argues that generic ballot measures are most useful in identifying the quality of candidates recruited by a party, not necessarily the outcome of the race. With Republicans expected to slightly underperform their standing on the generic ballot measure this year, the 2018 midterms could look like a wave […]

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    How are votes for Obamacare repeal going to cost House Republicans?

How are votes for Obamacare repeal going to cost House Republicans?

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Republicans trying to pass an Obamacare repeal bill found themselves supporting a historically unpopular bill, and are paying a steep electoral price despite the collapse of the effort. Looking at the results of a new experiment, Dan Cassino finds that support for the bill is costing one powerful incumbent 11 points in a race against an unnamed Democrat.

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    President Trump’s approval ratings are being driven down by his ‘tweetstorms’

President Trump’s approval ratings are being driven down by his ‘tweetstorms’

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Presidential approval ratings are seen as critical to leveraging Congress, and are therefore important to any President who wishes to achieve legislative reform. Traditionally, Presidents have experienced a ‘honeymoon’ of initially high approval ratings – President Trump has bucked this trend with unprecedentedly low approval ratings for a new President. In new analysis, Dan Cassino finds that each of […]

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    The “evidence” that the US Presidential Election will have been stolen

The “evidence” that the US Presidential Election will have been stolen

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With his fortunes flagging in the polls, GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump has increasingly spoken of the 2016 election as being ‘rigged’. Dan Cassino looks at how ‘evidence’ of voter fraud might begin to circulate on and after Election Day; evidence which will be fueled by misunderstandings over exit polls, precinct sizes, and how election results are recorded.

The 2016 US […]

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    The first presidential debate: USAPP expert reaction and commentary

The first presidential debate: USAPP expert reaction and commentary

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On Monday night, over 80 million watched the first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. We asked some of USAPP’s regular contributors for their thoughts and analysis. 

Don’t forget the importance of the debate format: Newly Paul – Appalachian State University
Coverage matters more than the debate itself: Dan Cassino – Fairleigh Dickinson University
A bad night for Trump with […]

Why are there more and more guns in America? Blame Fox News

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Why do Americans buy guns? For many, it’s because they are worried that new gun control measures may stop them from buying guns in the future. Dan Cassino examines the role of the news media – specifically Fox and network news, in driving Americans’ fears about gun control. He finds that while mass shootings do lead to an increase […]

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