Portrait of Millennial Hoosiers in the 2016 Election

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Dr. Joseph Losco, Director Ball State University Hoosiers between the ages of 18 and 29 (generally described as Millennials) make up about one-fifth of the state’s population.  In 2008, they helped propel Barack Obama to victory in a state that seldom turns blue fueled by a turnout rate of 48%. Youth enthusiasm sagged in 2012 dipping…
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Brexit’s Generational Divide has Counterpart in Indiana

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Dr. Joseph Losco, Director Ball State University One of the clear findings from exit polls in Britain’s recent referendum to exit the European Union is the division of opinion between young and old. The YouGov poll taken just before the vote showed that only about 19% of people between the ages of 18 and 24 supported…
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Global Fallout in Wake of Brexit Vote

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Dr. Gene Frankland, Professor Ball State University Turnout for the “Brexit” vote (Britain exiting the European Union) on June 23, 2016, was 72.2 percent, the highest nationally since 1992. The result came as a shock to many: 52 percent of UK voters favored “Brexit” while 48 percent did not. The UK was anything but united…
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First-Rate Second-Rate Men?

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Raymond Scheele, Professor and Co-Director Emeritus Ball State University Heath Bowman’s book Hoosier tells a story about Indiana Governor Thomas Marshall in the early years of the 20th Century: The setting is around midnight on July 3, 1912: A reporter approached Marshall’s house in the dark. He rang the bell-key and nobody answered. He rang…
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Primaries Are Over: Time to Unify?

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Raymond Scheele, Professor Emeritus Ball State University The two “presumptive nominees” for President are settled and attention now turns to the effort to “unify” the political parties. This effort of trying to bring people together peacefully has been identified and discussed for centuries. In 1787, James Madison wrote the famous “Federalist No. 10” in which…
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Bathroom Politics

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Joseph Losco Bowen Center for Public Affairs Since North Carolina passed a law requiring transgendered individuals to use the public bathrooms appropriate for their biological sex and not their preferred gender, it has faced some serious economic consequences.  The electronic payment service PayPal stopped their plan to bring 400 new jobs to the state and…
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This Year, Indiana Matters: Hoosier Survey Gives Insights into Primary Fights

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Sean Hildebrand Bowen Center for Public Affairs The Indiana primary election is just around the corner. On May 3, Hoosiers will go to the polls to select the Republican and Democratic Party candidates in November’s general election for President, Governor, Senator, and U.S. Representative among others. This year’s unique race has made Indiana a crucial…
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Hoosiers’ Views Mixed on Economy

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Joseph Losco and Sean Hildebrand Bowen Center for Public Affairs Hoosiers express mixed reactions to the state of the economy in Indiana, according to the Hoosier Survey taken at the close of 2015.  While generally satisfied with the state’s record of attracting jobs to the state, most Hoosiers do not believe they are economically better…
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Fresh Poll Numbers as the LGBT Debate Heats Up in the State House

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Joseph Losco and Sean Hildebrand Bowen Center for Public Affairs While about half of all Hoosiers support amending Indiana’s Civil Rights Act to include protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and/or transgendered (LGBT) individuals, there is broad support for providing such individuals with specific protections in housing and employment (69.3%) public accommodations (69.8%), and securing public…
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LGBT Rights on the General Assembly Agenda. Hoosier Survey Sheds Light on Issue.

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Hoosiers Shed Light on Issue. Dr. Joseph Losco Bowen Center for Public Affairs Indiana Senate Republicans introduced legislation protecting the civil rights of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgendered individuals but included certain exemptions for organizations with strong religious objections. The bill will be hotly debated as the new session of the General Assembly opens next…
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