The Point Being: An Ipsos Audio Blog

A weekly podcast series by Ipsos’ U.S. Polling Team, where Chris Jackson and guests discuss the latest news on American public opinion.

The Point Being: An Ipsos Audio Blog

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  • Chris Jackson Vice President, US, Public Affairs
  • Mallory Newall Director, US, Public Affairs
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Episode 50, October 17, 2018 — On The Point Being’s milestone 50th episode, Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall discuss the Tennessee Senate race and Georgia Governor race as the 2018 Midterm Election approaches, plus the latest Ipsos/Reuters core political numbers.

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Episode 49, October 11, 2018 — Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall discuss a year’s perspective on the #MeToo movement, Justice Kavanaugh’s confirmation, and current American opinion on the political sphere.

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Episode 48, October 3, 2018 — Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall discuss Trump’s current favorability and how will it influence the outcome of the 2018 midterm election.

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Episode 47, September 19, 2018 — Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall return to talk about the midterm elections. Join them for a deep dive into 5 battleground state polls and to learn more about the Ipsos/UVA Center for Politics Political Atlas.

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Episode 46, June 20, 2018 — Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall are back! They discuss the latest core political numbers, as well as recent polls on NAFTA and Americans’ views toward celebrity candidates.

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Episode 45, April 4, 2018 — In the wake of a fluctuating stock market, President Trump’s approval rating holds steady at 39%. Healthcare is the top concern among Democrats and Independents, whereas terrorism tops the list among Republicans.

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Episode 44, March 23, 2018 — Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall, along with special guests Dr. Janine Beekman and Sarah Saxton, unpack all of Ipsos’ recent polls on guns, including USA Today polling among 13-24 year olds.

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Episode 43, March 14, 2018 — Chris Jackson, Mallory Newall, and special guest Dr. Katie Ziemer discuss new Ipsos research on health care and the patient experience, plus the latest core political numbers.

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Episode 42, March 7, 2018 — Jared Kushner takes the lead in Ipsos’ Wh’Exit poll. Mallory and Chris discuss International Women’s Day and American perceptions of most pressing issues for women.

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Episode 41, March 5, 2018 — Chris Jackson, Mallory Newall and special guest Dr. Janine Beekman dive into Ipsos’ recent polls with NPR on workplace sexual harassment and gun violence, including how Americans’ views on gun violence prevention have changed after the Parkland FL shooting.

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Episode 40, February 7, 2018 — Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall with special guests Dr. Beatrice Abiero and Phil Elwood discuss Core Political numbers as well as an in-depth analysis of a new Ipsos/NPR poll around American attitudes toward immigration.

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Episode 39, January 31, 2018 — Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall discuss Core Political numbers and a potential uptick in Trump’s approval post-SOTU.

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Episode 38, January 10, 2018 — Trump’s approval ratings bump is holding steady, Congressional approval is still low, and Americans think that Jeff Sessions will be the next person to leave the Trump administration. Chris discussed predictions for 2018.

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Episode 37, January 3, 2018 — Phil Elwood, Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall delve into this week’s Reuters/Ipsos numbers and discuss Americans’ predictions for 2018.

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Episode 36, December 20, 2017 — This week, Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall look at the Core Political numbers from 2017, exploring Trump’s approval and what’s changed since he took office.

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Episode 35, December 15, 2017 — Recorded on December 13, 2017: Chris Jackson, Phil Elwood and Janine Beekman are joined by Megan Wilson of The Hill to discuss the latest political and sexual harassment polls.

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Episode 34, November 29, 2017 — Phil Elwood, Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall break down this week’s Core Political numbers, congressional approval polls and what Americans discussed over the Thanksgiving holiday.

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Episode 33, November 15, 2017 — Mallory Newall and Phil Elwood break down the latest Reuters/Ipsos polls. Diving into tax reform, they explore what parts of the recently proposed tax plan Americans support and how this could affect the plan.

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Episode 32, November 1, 2017 — Phil Elwood, Mallory Newall and Chris Jackson break down the Core Political and the recent #MeToo data: they discuss Obamacare, tax policy, the 2018 Midterms, and the impact of the #MeToo movement on the media and entertainment industries.

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Episode 31, October 25, 2017 — Mallory Newall and Erin Morris break down the Reuters/Ipsos Core Political: focusing on Trump’s approval, they explore what’s bringing down his approval and what approval attributes he’s struggling with the most.

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Episode 30, October 11, 2017 — Ipsos Public Affairs’ demographer Beatrice Abiero joins Phil Elwood and Mallory Newall: they explore the latest Core Political numbers and delve into millennials’ movements.

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Episode 29, October 4, 2017 — Phil Elwood and Chris Jackson have a discussion with Janine Beekman on this week’s Core Political and how the Dickey Amendment prevents major research on guns by the federal government.

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Episode 28, September 27, 2017 — Mallory Newall joins Phil Elwood and Chris Jackson to cover the vital data points from this week’s Reuters/Ipsos Core Political and dive into Ipsos’ latest NFL poll.

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Episode 27, September 20, 2017 — Chris Jackson and Phil Elwood discuss the latest Core Political numbers, President Trump’s foreign policy approval along with the NPR/Ipsos North Korean poll, and Ipsos’ latest release with the Gates Foundation on global perceptions of developmental aid.

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Episode 26, September 13, 2017 — Chris Jackson and Phil Elwood explore the numbers after Trump’s approval bump during the hurricanes. Read more on this topic in Ipsos’ WH-Exit feature, which was published in The Hill on September 13, 2017.

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Episode 25, September 6, 2017 — Chris Jackson and Phil Elwood cover the Core Political and Ipsos’ latest poll, the WH-Exit. In this poll, Americans weigh in on who they think the next White House or Executive Branch employee will resign or be terminated.

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Episode 24, August 23, 2017 — Chris Jackson and Phil Elwood explore Republicans’ drop of confidence in the country this week. They also delve into the latest Reuters/Ipsos data on Charlottesville, Confederate monuments and race.

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Episode 23, August 16, 2017 — Chris Jackson and Phil Elwood explain how the polls were affected by Charlottesville and North Korean nuclear threats. They also dive into the Consumer Confidence Index and Ipsos’ Game of Thrones Death Poll.

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Episode 22, July 26, 2017 — Chris Jackson and Phil Elwood delve into the Reuters/Ipsos Core Political, focusing on healthcare and Congressional approval. They also cover Ipsos’ latest poll on Game of Thrones, exploring who Americans think will be the next to die.

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Episode 21, July 19, 2017 — Chris Jackson and Phil Elwood explore opinions on American made goods, the latest Core Political data, and the confidence level of global consumers.

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Episode 20, July 12, 2017 — Chris Jackson and Phil Elwood discuss this week’s Core Political numbers, as well as the latest polls on net neutrality and Game of Thrones.

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Episode 19, July 5, 2017 — This week, Chris Jackson breaks down the latest Core Political, focusing on healthcare and President Trump’s approval.

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Episode 18, June 28, 2017 — Chris Jackson and Phil Elwood explore the latest Core Political numbers as well as public perceptions of America’s greatness. Despite a strong campaign promise from the administration to ‘Make America Great Again,’ few agree on what that means.

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Episode 17, June 21, 2017 — Phil Elwood and Chris Jackson discuss President Trump’s decreasing approval ratings and the priorities of the American people.

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Episode 16, May 31, 2017 — Chris Jackson breaks down this week’s Core Political, covering everything from healthcare reform to America’s main problems to President Trump’s approval. Diving into Congressional approval, it’s clear Trump is not the least popular person in Washington.

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Episode 15, May 24, 2017 — Chris Jackson and Phil Elwood break down this week’s Core Political, focusing on President Trump’s foreign policy. They explore Trump’s dropping approval and its impact on his electoral victory probability.

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Episode 14, May 17, 2017 — Chris Jackson explores President Trump’s latest scandals and their increasing impact on his approval numbers. Chris also delves into the latest Ipsos/Reuters release on the firing of FBI Director James Comey.

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Episode 13, May 3, 2017 — Chris Jackson explores current public opinion on President Trump and the main issues facing Americans today. Chris also covered Ipsos’ latest Global Trends release, focusing on materialism, as well as a brief discussion of the French election.

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Episode 12, April 26, 2017 — Chris Jackson dives into the numbers as President Trump’s first 100 days draws near: Trump's lowest approval rating since taking office, his struggle to pass legislation like his recently released tax plan, as well as Ipsos’ latest NPR poll on taxes.

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Episode 11, April 18, 2017 — In a special Tax Day edition episode, Chris Jackson discusses the Ipsos/NPR US Tax Policy poll and the Core Political of the week.

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Episode 10, April 5, 2017 — Chris Jackson and Erin Morris discuss trends that emerged since President Trump’s inauguration. Healthcare has become Americans‘ top issue, while Trump’s administration begins to focus on the US tax policy — an area Trump has consistently polled low.

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Episode 9, March 29, 2017 — Julia Clark joins Chris Jackson and Phil Elwood to discuss Trump’s dipping support overall after the collapse of the Republican Obamacare alternative. Despite this fall, Trump’s numbers on jobs and the economy remain strong.

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Episode 8, March 22, 2017 — Chris Jackson and Phil Elwood explore congressional approval: with the Republican’s latest healthcare plan on the Congressional floor this week, Ipsos polled Americans on whether they approve of their own congressperson and Congress as a whole.

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Episode 7, March 15, 2017 — Chris Jackson and Phil Elwood focus on the impact of the latest healthcare bill. After a week of high approval following his speech to Congress, President Trump’s approval dipped again as he faces an uphill battle in Congress on the new bill.

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Episode 6, March 8, 2017 — With this week’s Core Political number, Chris Jackson and Phil Elwood discuss Donald Trump’s perceived ‘truthiness’, perceptions of benefitting from the presidency and other government jobs, and how ideology continues to fall cleanly along party lines.

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Episode 5, March 1, 2017 — Chris Jackson is joined by Eliza Brashares this week. As Trump’s approval numbers remained unchanged, Chris and Eliza discussed this consistency and what could drive a change in the numbers.

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Episode 4, February 22, 2017 — This week, Chris Jackson and Phil Elwood explore Trump’s latest dip in the polls. Ipsos’ latest numbers shows that Independents are less likely to approve of Trump and more likely to see the country as being on the wrong track.

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Episode 3, February 15, 2017 — This week, Chris Jackson and Phil Elwood delve into the non-binary approval of Trump, and explore where America stands on specific topics.

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Episode 2, February 8, 2017 — In this week’s podcast series, Ipsos’ U.S. Polling Team, Chris Jackson and Phil Elwood discuss the latest Core Political ratings, reactions to policy changes, and how President Trump’s ratings compare to Obama’s during the same period.

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Episode 1, February 1, 2017 — In the first of a new podcast series by Ipsos’ U.S. Polling Team, Chris Jackson and Phil Elwood discuss this week’s Core Political numbers: public opinion is evenly split down party lines, with equal numbers approving and disapproving of Trump’s job.

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The author(s)

  • Chris Jackson Vice President, US, Public Affairs
  • Mallory Newall Director, US, Public Affairs

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