Policy & Issues

Survey finds majority in U.S. believe it is unsafe for schools to reopen in fall

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage the country as we draw closer to a new school year leaving school districts across the United States struggling with the decision of whether to stay remote in the fall, return to classes in…

COVID-19 and its Links to Nationwide Protests

The latest survey conducted by the multi-university COVID-19 Consortium for Understanding the Public’s Policy Preferences Across States, led in part by Shorenstein Center faculty Matthew Baum and Kennedy School Institute of Politics Polling Director John Della Volpe looked at the many intersections…

Will Americans Vacinate Themselves and Their Children Against COVID-19?

If a COVID-19 vaccine becomes available, what is the likelihood Americans will vaccinate themselves? A new survey conducted by the multi-university COVID-19 Consortium for Understanding the Public’s Policy Preferences Across States, led in part by Shorenstein Center faculty Matthew Baum and Kennedy…

New COVID Study Finds Testing Results are Coming Too Late to Help Slow the Coronavirus’ Spread.

The seventh survey conducted by the multi-university COVID-19 Consortium for Understanding the Public’s Policy Preferences Across States, led in part by Shorenstein Center faculty Matthew Baum and Kennedy School Institute of Politics Polling Director John Della Volpe, reported that delays in COVID-19 test…

Conveying Truth: Independent Media in Putin’s Russia

A new report from Shorenstein Center Fellow Ann Cooper describes the origins and evolution of independent media in Russia from the late Soviet era to the coronavirus crisis of 2020.

New COVID Public Opinion Study Finds Increased Support for Vote By Mail

The sixth survey conducted by the multi-university COVID-19 Consortium for Understanding the Public’s Policy Preferences Across States, led in part by Shorenstein Center faculty Matthew Baum and Kennedy School Institute of Politics Polling Director John Della Volpe, found not only an increase…

Untying Knots Podcast: Episode 1

Transforming Wealth Inequity through Anti-Racist Funding Hosts: Nikhil Raghuveera and Erica LichtFeaturing: Karla Nicholson (Haymarket People’s Fund) and Lucas Turner-Owens (Boston Ujima Project)July 202040 Minutes and 34 Seconds Hundreds of years of racist institutional policies have denied wealth to Black,…

New COVID Public Opinion Study Finds Declining Approval for Government Executives

The fifth survey conducted by the multi-university COVID-19 Consortium for Understanding the Public’s Policy Preferences Across States, led in part by Shorenstein Center faculty Matthew Baum and Kennedy School Institute of Politics Polling Director John Della Volpe, found that between…

Canaries in the Coal Mine: COVID-19 Misinformation and Black Communities

Even as Black people are disproportionately dying from the virus due to systemic racism, harmful inaccuracies about COVID-19 are metastasizing in Black online spaces. Using multi-site digital ethnography, Shorenstein Center Fellow Brandi Collins-Dexter tracked and identified the spread of this disinformation, and makes recommendations on how to combat it.

Access to and belief in accurate COVID-19 information varies, according to new survey

The COVID-19 Consortium for Understanding the Public’s Policy Preferences Across States’ latest survey results show decreasing trust in government institutions and the police to handle the COVID-19 outbreak, and increasing partisan divides in opinions about the response. In a new…