These analyses were written by undergraduate students at Grinnell College.

Nativism, Discrimination, and the Operationalization of Equality

Introduction What does it mean to be an American? Since the nation’s founding, Americans have believed that the nation’s core guiding principles are centered in ideals of freedom, liberty, and equality. This values-based conception of American national identity is termed ‘civic identity.’ Citrin and Sears argue, “Americanism is a civil

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Who is Suffering Economically from COVID-19?

Introduction Shopping malls, restaurants, factories and offices around the United States are closed and 30 million citizens have filed for unemployment to date. Many are either furloughed or laid off, and only those deemed “essential,” or who have the capacity to perform their duties remotely, are resistant to Covid-19’s financially

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American National Identity and Attitudes Towards President Trump

Introduction The study of American national identity has taken on renewed relevance with the election of President Donald Trump. The president’s surprise win in 2016 followed a campaign in which he engaged in frequent anti-immigrant rhetoric, called for a ban on admitting Muslims to the United States, and pledged to

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Measuring Interviewer Effects in the November 2018 Grinnell Poll

Overview of Findings In this post, we investigate whether or not responses to the Grinnell College National Poll (GCNP) are affected by the interviewer conducting the poll. The poll is conducted over the phone, through live interviews by professional staff working from a call center. Past research has demonstrated that

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The Demographic Profiles of Democrats and Republicans

The Democratic and Republican parties are sometimes thought of as mirror images of each other on the right and left, but the coalitions of voters that make up each party are quite different. In this post, we compare the demographic profiles of those who identify with each party drawing on

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