Politics & Government Publications

A Tale of Two Elections: CBS and Fox News’ Portrayal of the 2020 Presidential Campaign

December 17, 2020, 12:43 pm
Thomas E. Patterson, Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press

Although it is often said that the United States today has a mainstream news system and a conservative news system, these labels don’t fully capture how CBS and Fox covered the 2020 campaign. Their coverage is the tale of two elections, says Thomas E. Patterson, Harvard Kennedy School Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press, in the latest installment of his decades-long research on campaign media coverage.

COVID Survey Shows Widespread Economic Hardships

December 17, 2020, 12:20 pm

The latest report out from the COVID States Survey Project, co-lead by Professor Matthew Baum, finds widespread economic hardships facing a large percentage of Americans in all states. 18% said they had been laid off or lost their job due…

The most important problem facing the country today

November 1, 2020, 5:18 pm

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 wanted to find out which issues are, or will be, on voters’ minds as they enter…

Public opinion on government reaction to COVID-19

November 1, 2020, 5:09 pm

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 found found a remarkably consistent picture of public opinion: respondents prefer state governments over the federal…

Public health and Trump support

November 1, 2020, 4:56 pm

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 looked at the degree to which vote choice is associated with attitudes and behaviors regarding the…

Partisan differences in intention to vote by mail could delay election calls in key states

October 9, 2020, 10:10 am

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 looked how likely survey respondents were to vote by absentee or mail-in ballot, and what that…

Misinformation and vaccine acceptance

September 24, 2020, 11:41 am

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 looked at the acceptance of false information in regards to COVID-19, and it’s link to vaccine…

UPDATE: COVID Public Opinion Study Finds Continued Disapproval for Government Executives

September 8, 2020, 4:02 pm

The twelfth 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 a continued disapproval for how…

New Digital Realities; New Oversight Solutions

August 20, 2020, 9:22 am
Tom Wheeler, Phil Verveer, and Gene Kimmelman

A new report by authors Tom Wheeler, Phil Verveer, and Gene Kimmelman addresses the challenge of government oversight for digital platform companies. It suggests the creation of a new federal agency designed to deal with digital issues rather than industrial ones, and the development of a new approach that replaces industrial era regulation with a new, more agile regulatory model better suited for the dynamism of the digital era.

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

August 19, 2020, 3:43 pm

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…