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Ask the archivist: Was that a US president on the Quad?

Ask the archivist: Was that a US president on the Quad?

November 12, 2020

Thirty-two US presidents have held office since the University’s founding in 1850. While many have passed through Rochester, only seven future or former presidents actually visited the campuses. Presumptive President-Elect Joe Biden would make eight.

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Watchdog report: Experts see substantial danger to democratic stability around 2020 election

Watchdog report: Experts see substantial danger to democratic stability around 2020 election

October 28, 2020

The latest Bright Line Watch surveys find experts concerned about multiple risks to the legitimacy of the election, while many Americans believe in the prevalence of voter fraud.

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Should secret voting be mandatory? ‘Yes’ say political scientists

Should secret voting be mandatory? ‘Yes’ say political scientists

October 26, 2020

In a new book, two scholars argue that making voting more convenient does not combat low voter turnout but instead jeopardizes the integrity of the ballot.

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How to make sense of 2020’s unusual election season

How to make sense of 2020’s unusual election season

October 8, 2020

Rochester political scientists say concerns about this year’s electoral process are challenging some fundamental ideas about the nation.

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Corporate money in politics threatens US democracy—or does it?

Corporate money in politics threatens US democracy—or does it?

July 6, 2020

In a new book, Rochester political scientist David Primo and his coauthor argue that the influence of campaign financing is misunderstood by voters, policymakers, the media, and political analysts.

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Can campaign finance disclosure go too far? The case of small donors

Can campaign finance disclosure go too far? The case of small donors

August 19, 2019

It’s possible that if you’ve donated even as little as a dollar to a political candidate, it’s information easily obtained on the internet. That concerns David Primo, an associate professor of political science and business administration.

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Would you vote for a Democrat who behaves like a Republican?

Would you vote for a Democrat who behaves like a Republican?

January 4, 2019

In a recent experiment, a group of political scientists has found that when choosing a candidate, party affiliation outweighs a candidate’s policy positions and their support for democratic norms for both Democrats and Republicans surveyed.

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Rochester professor part of national campaign finance task force

Rochester professor part of national campaign finance task force

January 19, 2018

In a new research report, professor David Primo argues that there’s a disconnect between what the public believe about campaign finance law and the reality, and that many popular reform proposals unlikely to bring the desired results.

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Political experts say U.S. democracy healthier than public thinks

Political experts say U.S. democracy healthier than public thinks

October 17, 2017

The third Bright Line Watch survey, co-authored by Rochester political scientist Gretchen Helmke, focuses on the health of U.S. democratic institutions and compares the results from thousands of political professionals with the general public.

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Talking politics in an age of division

Talking politics in an age of division

June 12, 2017

David Primo, for the past few years, has been promoting “agreeable disagreement” through organized panels on hot-button issues, bringing proponents of diverse viewpoints together to engender thoughtful discussion.

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