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2016 Hoosier Priorities For The General Assembly

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Dr. Joseph Losco, Director Ball State University Despite an improvement in the state’s economy, the number of Hoosiers citing job creation as the number one priority for the Indiana General Assembly ticked up four percentage points over last year.  Reducing crime (67%) and improving public schools (66%) followed in second and third places respectively with…
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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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Hoosier Survey: Trump leads in Indiana, Pence helps

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Indiana is a Red state. It almost always votes for the Republican in Presidential races. It should come as no surprise that Donald Trump has a lead here but it’s a close race. The WISH-TV/Ball State Hoosier Survey shows Trump with a 6 point lead over Hillary Clinton in Indiana, 43 percent…
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WISH-TV/Ball State Hoosier Survey: Gregg leads race for governor

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Republicans have controlled the governor’s office for the last 12 years but the WISH-TV/Ball State Hoosier Survey shows Democrat John Gregg with a lead in the 2016 race for governor. The Hoosier Survey pegs the race at 48 percent for Gregg and 43 percent for Eric Holcomb. “Gregg is in pretty good position,”…
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Evan Bayh Leads in U.S. Senate Race

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WISH-TV and the Bowen Center for Public Affairs at Ball State University released results from the 2016 WISH-TV/Ball State Hoosier Survey. The poll results find Democrat Evan Bayh leading Republican Todd Young in the race for U.S. Senate. With the election less than a month away, the poll shows Bayh with a 6-point lead over Young. The WISH-TV/Ball State…
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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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