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A number of articles were released this month in the Los Angeles Times surrounding work on the Understanding America Study poll:

·       Prop 10, which would expand rent control, is in 'deep trouble,' poll shows Liam Dillon (October 19, 2018)

·       Initiative to repeal gas tax is falling short, according to poll of California voters Patrick McGreevy (October 19, 2018)

·       Sen. Dianne Feinstein is a good bet to win reelection, serve a final term and retire reluctantly George Skelton (October 18, 2018)

·       De Leon has run against Feinstein from the left, but much of his support comes from Republicans, new poll finds Sarah D. Wire (October 18, 2018)

·       Poll shows Newsom with a commanding lead over Cox in final weeks before Californians select their next governor Phil Willon (October 17, 2018)

·       Proposition 13 has strictly limited property tax increases since 1978. Voters get a chance to change that Liam Dillon (October 17, 2018)

Jill Darling and Robert Schrum were also featured in The Conversation for their work looking at a historical view of press freedoms.


Trump and truth, poll data was used by Dornsife Magazine to look at where voters are leaning in upcoming elections.

Kyla Thomas was featured in Dornsife Magazine on her work on the effects of taste and snobbery!


Wired magazine picked up Dan Benjamin's work on gene effects on educational attainment.

CESR researchers Lila Rabinovich and Anya Samek were featured on CBS news for their work on Social Security claiming and regret.

JULY 2018

Dornsife media issued a press release to summarize a new publication in Nature Genetics, about Daniel Benjamin's massive undertaking with the Social Science Genetic Association Consortium (link to article FAQs here) to try to find which genes affect educational attainment.  Carl Zimmer of  The New York Times and Ed Yong of The Atlantic both wrote excellent summaries of their takeaways from the paper.    

The Scientist also featured research by Daniel Benjamin of the USC Dornsife College's Center for Economic and Social Research on genetic markers that may predict educational attainment. Although the roughly 1,300 genes identified served as a reliable predictor for some demographics, the conclusions did not hold true for all Americans. Benjamin hopes to grow the study to more than 2 million people and expects to find thousands more genes linked to education. Slate, ABC News (Australia), IANS and Press Trust of India highlighted the study's findings.

JUNE 2018

The Understanding America Study has been featured in the Los Angeles Times this month in articles utilizing data from our California Poll.  An initial article is about the Governor race (Newsome is leading) and another about the Senate race (most are undecided!).


May 2018 News

USC Dornsife/LA Times Poll featured in the LA Times May 29, 2018, on transportation issues: local poll of 835 voters found that respondents were pretty equally divided over the high-speed rail line, with 48% expressing at least some support and 43% opposed. 

New poll finds a volatile race for second place in California governor's contest: Understanding America Study survey is featured in the LA Times, May 22, 2018.

Poll was also mentioned in an article by Arnold Schwartzenegger and Ro Khanna in the Washington Post about the open primary system.


April 2018 News

CESR Executive Director Arie Kapteyn was featured on the USC home page and in a press release about his work on international comparisons of physical activity.  The piece is published April 11 in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. An animation summary gives a quick overview of findings.