The Point Being: An Ipsos Podcast

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

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  • Chris Jackson Senior Vice President, US, Public Affairs
  • Mallory Newall Vice President, US, Public Affairs
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October 21 - A return to normal? Most Americans still feel that a full return to pre-COVID normal is a way off. Some believe it could be a year or more. But some have already returned to their pre-COVID ways. Paradoxically, the vaccinated are more likely than the unvaccinated to see a longer horizon before they can return to life as it once was.

October 15 - Sports – a simple and straightforward pastime, right? Less so, when you start polling about them. That’s because sports don’t exist in a vacuum. They represent big money and reflect our deepest social and cultural values. The team talks about America’s favorite sports, while unpacking disparities in participation across race and ethnicity, income, and gender.

October 8 - The pandemic’s impact on mental health: Ahead of World Mental Health Day, the team dives into some recent survey on how Americans fared mentally and emotionally during the pandemic. On the balance, most said their mental health stayed the same, but some groups were more likely than others to say that their mental health got worse, such as Democrats and women. There are some silver linings however – the pandemic also prompted around one in five to reevaluate their life priorities and work/life balance.

October 1 - The politics of the pandemic: As the COVID death toll reaches 700,000, Americans are growing less trusting of Biden on the pandemic. This is still largely dictated by partisanship, but speaks to the uncertainty the country is grappling with as progress on vaccinations moves incrementally. Also, the team discusses how news consumption relates to views on ivermectin.

September 16 - Vaccine skepticism and back to school collide: The rate of vaccinations in the US continues to increase incrementally, putting new pressure on the Biden administration to take decisive action. At the same time, back to school is in full swing. Parents strongly want their children back in the classroom, virus or no virus. The team discusses how parents really feel about the risks of back to school, the academic impact of COVID-driven online learning, and mask and vaccine mandates for students and teachers.

September 10 - On the eve of the 20th anniversary of 9/11, it remains one of the most influential events of the 21st century. The team discusses its legacy, from the war in Afghanistan to heightened measures that are still with us today.

September 2 - Parents feel that it is harder to be a parent these days than it was 20 years ago. Who can blame them, when you consider that a pandemic got piled on top of the usual stresses of parenting? At the same time, teenagers had a rough go of the pandemic too. The team dives into what parents are going through and a Washington Post/Ipsos survey comparing the experiences and perspectives of teens today relative to 2005.

August 26 - Americans struggle with a delicate work life balance: How do Americans really feel about work? For one, many think Americans “work too much,” particularly millennials. But above all else, Americans want flexibility, in when and where they work. The idea of a four-day work week also doesn’t sound too bad to many Americans, but they are less willing to take a pay cut to make that a reality. At the same time, more than half say they worry that if they take time off, they will be seen as less of a hard worker.

August 18 - Where America stands on Afghanistan: Chris, Mallory, and Sarah unpack why the immediate public opinion polling around Afghanistan and the U.S. withdrawal looks so unexpectedly bipartisan. Plus, we dip into the Ipsos archive and look back at a decade of public opinion polling on the topic, while trying to make sense of how this may play out for Biden in the coming days, weeks, and beyond.

August 12 - Potholes over politics: There are a few things Americans can agree on, with infrastructure being one of the bright spots. A majority across parties would like to see America’s roads and bridges revamped. And though the vast majority of Americans get around by car, many show support for greener, alternative modes of transportation – such a desire to improve or create public transit options, particularly in urban and suburban areas.

August 6 - Anxiety about Delta bleeds into economic uncertainty: The share of Americans who are firmly opposed to getting vaccinated slips to its lowest level yet, at 15%, in the most recent edition of the Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index. Yet Americans are uneasy as cases continue to rise, impacting outlook on the broader economy. Taking a step back from these larger issues, Ipsos polling finds that Americans are still finding ways to unwind and relax.

July 29 - Level setting on the unvaccinated: The unvaccinated are not monolithic – some are more open to getting the vaccine than others. The most opposed show little sign of moderating their stance, complicating the path to recovery. At the same time, a majority of Americans believe that mask requirements should be in place for the unvaccinated.

July 22 - For Americans, the biggest draw of the Olympics is gymnastics, putting them somewhat at odds with the rest of the world, which tends to be more excited about soccer. And while COVID looms over the games, it is also making a resurgence in the U.S. Americans show new levels of concern about the Delta variant and the prospect of returning to pre-pandemic life.

July 14 - Workplaces in flux: How Americans feel about returning to in-person work is still modulated by lingering concerns about the pandemic. At the same time, some workers are feeling more confident about carving out a more fulfilling and rewarding career as they find new negotiating power as the labor market heats up.

July 8 - What is and isn’t changing about how Americans see crime: This week Chris, Kate, and Sarah discuss the new USA Today/Ipsos poll on crime and policing, specifically how worried people are about these problems, views towards Black Lives Matter and police reform, and how news source influences people’s attitudes on these issues.

July 1 - Pride in America is sometimes complicated: Chris, Mallory, Kate, and Sarah are back! This week we dive into how the country is celebrating July 4th and then we zoom out to look at how people feel about being an American, more broadly.

June 25 - Public opinion and Pride: This week we are taking a look at LGBT issues as Pride, a time dedicated to remembering and celebrating LGBT people, rights, and history, wraps up. Chris and Sarah dive into how public opinion evolved around same-sex marriage, where Americans stand on other pressing issues for LGBT people, along with how the LGBT community feels about Pride.

June 17 - As President Biden meets with world leaders, a plurality say they feel that America’s international standing is stronger under him. Yet partisans are highly divided around Biden’s ability to handle America’s global affairs and are similarly split on what America’s top foreign policy priorities should be. For now at least, Americans are mostly focused on domestic policy issues as the country continues to move towards a post-pandemic state of mind.

June 3 - Americans are hitting the road… and maybe the office? Following Memorial Day and the unofficial start of summer, we look at where Americans are going on vacation and what they value the most coming out of the pandemic. At the same time, people are beginning to sketch out what back to the office looks like for them, what they want out of it, and how people expect their habits to change when showing up in person for work.

May 25 - The nation commemorated the death of George Floyd and subsequent Black Lives Matter protests. This week’s podcast highlights the findings of the Axios/Ipsos Hard Truth Civil Rights & Social Justice survey, which examines how different the experience of daily life can be for Black, Hispanic, Asian and white Americans, and the McKinsey American Opportunity Survey, which investigates the extent to which economic opportunity hinges on identity.

May 19 - With the US in something of a betwixt and between phase of the pandemic (not quite over, but not as bad as it once was), Americans are showing signs of trending towards greater optimism. Mallory, Chris, Sarah and Kate discuss how Americans feel about the state of their mental health, the economy, and the employment situation at this stage of the pandemic.

May 13 - American reemergence: For the first time since the pandemic began, less than half of Americans say they think returning to their pre-COVID lives poses a risk. But while more Americans are getting back out into the world, progress on vaccines is hitting some roadblocks. Mallory, Sarah, Chris and Kate discuss where the dividing lines lie as the nation moves towards a more “normal” summer, hopefully.

May 6 - Mother’s Day is right around the corner. For some, it will still be a more cautious, virtual affair. But this summer, Americans – and American families in particular – intend to get out more, with plans to take travel, go to concerts, amusement parks, and more. At the same time, parents are more hesitant about vaccines for themselves and for their children.

April 29 - Biden’s 100 Days: How do Americans feel about the ambitious proposals that President Biden outlined in a joint address to Congress on the eve of his first 100 days in office? Chris, Mallory, Sarah and Kate discuss the findings of an Ipsos snap survey on his address, as well as what Americans believe the role of government should be, and whether they see a path towards greater unity in the years ahead.

April 23 - In a rare instance of bipartisan consensus, Americans agree on the guilty verdict in the Chauvin trial. But views on police reform, protecting law and order over the right to protest don’t look the way they did in June 2020, shortly after George Floyd’s death. Chris, Mallory, Sarah and Kate discuss how perspectives on these critical issues have changed over the past year.

April 16 - Optimism about an economic rebound rose to the highest point in 19 years, a measure both of how difficult the past year has been and Americans’ current high hopes for the future. Much of the economic recovery thus far has been predicated on the successful vaccine rollout, but will things get bumpier for that process in some parts of the country and among some demographics? Chris, Sarah and Kate dive into what the latest Ipsos research has to say.

April 8 - Election misinformation is as intractable as ever: On this week of the Point Being podcast, the team discusses how some Americans have yet to accept the results of the 2020 election. Partisanship continues to influence opinion on a host of issues, from the election, to the January 6th riot at the US Capitol, and President Biden’s infrastructure plan.

April 2 - COVID, immigration... and baseball? The gang is back! On this episode, Chris, Mallory, Sarah and Kate discuss what issues the public wants Biden to prioritize and how that looks different across political lines. Plus, we get into MLB Opening Day, and whether Americans support capacity limits in stadiums, and how they feel about requiring vaccine passports or proof of a negative COVID test before fans can attend games.

March 25 - This week Mallory and Sarah discuss public opinion polling surrounding the recent mass shooting events, what the data tells us about anti-Asian sentiment and conspiracies during the pandemic. Plus, we preview a USA Today/Ipsos poll on gun control and some of the trend data we have on the issue going back to 2017.

March 19 - President Biden’s approval is riding (relatively) high, buoyed by his handling of the pandemic. With a new vaccine timeline from the president, promising small BBQs by July 4th, Chris, Mallory, Kate, and Sarah explore whether Americans pick up what the president is putting down and who still will not get the vaccine.

March 11 - This week marked the beginning of Derek Chauvin’s trial, and next week will mark the first anniversary of Breonna Taylor’s death. Reflecting back on these events, on this episode of the podcast, Kate and Sarah talk with Mallory and Chris about how views on race, policing, and the Black Lives Matter movement have evolved over the past ten months.

March 5 - On this episode, Kate and Sarah talk with Mallory and Chris about where the public stands on masks and reopening as some states move to rollback pandemic restrictions. Plus, an added bonus about WFH burnout and how people currently working from home feel about going back to the office one day (spoiler: it's complicated).

March 1 - This week Kate and Sarah talk with Mallory and Chris about new signs of hope on the economic front and how this may be connected to resurgent confidence in the government to handle the current crisis. As an added bonus, we also touch on an independent Ipsos survey looking at how sexual identity varies across generations.

February 18 - This week Kate and Sarah talk with Mallory and Chris about the pandemic: how people feel about the vaccine, when people believe the pandemic will be over, and what people can expect the next normal to look like. For now, a plurality is not making concrete post-pandemic plans to travel or celebrate. Are people just burnt out right now, or has people's behavior changed for the foreseeable future?

February 12 - We’re back…again! After a (long) hiatus, Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall are back with the Point Being podcast, joined by data journalists Sarah Feldman and Kate Morris. A new format, a new year… and another impeachment trial. This week, we explore attitudes around former President Trump’s second impeachment and find that the more things change the more they stay the same.


Reuters/Ipsos Poll: Second Trump Impeachment Trial

Axios/Ipsos Poll: Majority of Americans now support removing Trump from office

Conservative media consumers run the opinion gamut. How is conservative media responding?

How misinformation primed Trump’s supporters for Capitol riot

NPR/Ipsos: More than 1 in 3 Americans believe a ‘deep state’ is working to undermine Trump

Ipsos poll: Misinformation around U.S. Capitol unrest, election spreading among Americans


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Episode 98, June 25th, 2020 — Ipsos’ Mallory Newall, Sarah Feldman, and Kate Morris discuss Ipsos’ newest public polling, including how news consumption – specifically, what channel you’re watching – plays a role in opinions about the virus.


Episode 97, June 12th, 2020 — We’re back! Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall are back with a socially distant podcast, joined by data journalists Sarah Feldman and Kate Morris. This week, they dive into data on the current mood of the country, plus new polling for Axios and USA Today about COVID-19 and sentiments toward the protests happening across the country.


Episode 96, March 11th, 2020 — Chris Jackson, Mallory Newall, and Sara Machi discuss how Americans are responding to the Coronavirus and subsequent government actions.


Episode 95, February 12th, 2020 — Chris Jackson and Sara Machi delve into the results of the New Hampshire primary and their implications on the 2020 presidential election.


Episode 94, February 6th, 2020 — Despite all the recent events such as the Iowa Caucus and the State of the Union Address, Chris Jackson and Sara Machi discuss how American public opinion has stayed relatively constant.


Episode 93, January 29th, 2020 — This week Chris Jackson and Sara Machi discuss how the environment has steadily become a top issue with a majority of Americans agreeing that reducing the effects of global climate change is important, even across party lines.


Episode 92, January 21st, 2020 — This week Chris Jackson and Sara Machi share fresh public opinion data on Hispanic American and African American priorities in the 2020 presidential election, impeachment, Iran, and the January Democratic debates.

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Episode 91, January 8th, 2020 — In light of the recent events with Iran, Chris Jackson and Sara Machi discuss how Americans are more likely to see Iran as an imminent threat compared to when tensions rose in May 2019.

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Episode 90, December 4th, 2019 — Chris Jackson and Sara Machi examine the second wave of our impeachment tracker with 538, along with other recent and upcoming studies.

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Episode 89, November 20, 2019 — Chris Jackson and Sara Machi share fresh public opinion data from recent releases with ABC News and FiveThirtyEight about impeachment and the fifth Democratic debate.

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Episode 88, November 14, 2019 — With the public impeachment hearings underway, Chris Jackson and Sara Machi delve into new public opinion data about impeachable offenses from a new Vox/PerryUndem/Ipsos poll.

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Episode 87, November 6, 2019 — Chris Jackson and Sara Machi discuss the outcomes of Election Day 2019 and their potential impact on the presidential election in 2020.

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Episode 86, October 31, 2019 — Chris Jackson and Sara Machi discuss the Washington Nationals' big win last night, this week's Core Political and attitudes toward Halloween.

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Episode 85, October 23, 2019 — Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall share the findings of a new National Geographic/Ipsos survey of American women on issues of opportunity and gender.

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Episode 84, October 17, 2019 — Chris Jackson, Mallory Newall, and Sara Machi examine the findings of a new FiveThirtyEight/Ipsos poll on the October 15th Democratic debates.

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Episode 83, October 9, 2019 — Mallory Newall and Sara Machi discuss new data from a global study on attitudes around mental health and wellbeing.

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Episode 82, October 3, 2019 — Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall discuss the findings of a recent poll with USA Today and how support for impeachment is increasing.

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Episode 81, September 25, 2019 — Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall share new public opinion research from a recent poll with Reuters on the recent situation with Ukraine and the impeachment proceedings.

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Episode 80, September 19, 2019 — Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall examine the main takeaways from the September 12th debate poll with FiveThirtyEight and an Ipsos/Newsy poll on media attitudes.

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Episode 79, September 11, 2019 — This week, Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall discuss a new Ipsos/USA Today poll that focuses on how to measure electability and the impact of gender on the Democratic primary.

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Episode 78, August 21, 2019 — Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall share fresh polling data on how Americans view race relations and racial bias.

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Episode 77, August 16, 2019 — Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall discuss the impact of recent events on the latest Core Political data and the approval of Congress.

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Episode 76, August 8, 2019 — This week, Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall share new polling data on gun policy following the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, as well as the impact of the second Democratic debates.

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Episode 75, August 1, 2019 — Following the second round of Democratic presidential debates, Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall discuss their potential impact and the Mueller testimony.

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Episode 74, July 17, 2019 — Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall discuss the latest polls on space exploration and the evident partisan divide in the response to President Trump's recent tweets.

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Episode 73, July 10, 2019 — Continuing their discussion from the previous episode, Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall examine Joe Biden's weakening electability argument. They also discuss how the Democratic primary debates impacted favorability and familiarity for Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris.

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Episode 72, June 26, 2019 — Just in time for the first Democratic primary debates, Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall discuss democratic priorities and the meaning of electability.

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Episode 71, June 13, 2019 — Back from their hiatus, Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall share fresh polling data on the Democratic primary field and the latest on President Trump’s approval ratings.

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Episode 70, May 3, 2019 — This week, our hosts Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall tackle Americans’ views on opioids, and which political party is best on the issues of the day.

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Episode 69, April 25, 2019 — Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall discuss the Mueller Report, 2020 Democratic Primary, and Earth Day.

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Episode 68, April 10, 2019 — Chris Jackson talks about this week’s Core Political data, long-term trends in presidential approval, and what it would take to shift opinions on President Trump.

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Episode 67, April 3, 2019 — Mallory Newall discusses this week’s political landscape and takes questions from our listeners.

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Episode 66, March 27, 2019 — New Mueller polling! Listen in to the latest The Point Being to hear Ipsos’ Chris Jackson and mallory Newall break down the impact of the report summary release.

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Episode 65, March 21, 2019 — Ipsos’ Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall discuss how Americans perceive last year’s tax cut.

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Episode 64, March 13, 2019 — Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall discuss the latest political climate and how American perceptions of today’s politics compare to other country’s perceptions.

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Episode 63, March 6, 2019 — After looking at the latest Ipsos/Reuters numbers, Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall dive into new Ipsos data on gender equality, ahead of International Women’s Day on March 8.

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Episode 62, February 27, 2019 — Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall discuss this week’s political landscape as well as fascinating new polls on campaign financing and journalism.

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Episode 61, February 21, 2019 — Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall focus on recent political scandals in the Virginia state government and the anniversary of the Parkland shooting in this week’s episode of The Point Being.

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Episode 60, February 13, 2019 — Mallory Newall is joined by a special guest this week, Nick Boyon, to discuss post State of the Union public opinion changes.

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Episode 59, February 7, 2019 — Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall discuss social media reaction to The State of the Union address and a new global poll on 2019 outlooks and predictions.

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Episode 58, January 30, 2019 — Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall roll out results from the first week of the new Democratic Primary Candidate Tracker. Who is showing strong name recognition and who is showing favorably in the early going?

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Episode 57, January 16, 2019 — Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall are back with polling analysis on President Trump, Congress, and the government shutdown.

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Episode 56, January 9, 2019 — The government may be shutdown, but Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall won’t take a day off. They’re back to examine American views on the shutdown and the related immigration and wall issues. Where do Americans stand on these issues 19 days into the closure?

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Episode 55, December 12, 2018 — What are The Perils of Perception? Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall discuss the latest Ipsos/Reuters core political data and a new poll asking Americans about their perceptions of crime, sex, and climate change in the country. Are they far off from what the real data says?

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Episode 54, December 5, 2018 — Happy December! Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall cover the latest Ipsos/Reuters core political data, plus sentiments on Amazon HQ2. And, in the wake of President George H.W. Bush’s funeral today, they revisit a poll on presidential rankings.

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Episode 53, November 15, 2018 — Listen in for Ipsos’ post-election wrap-up! Hear Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall’s thoughts on the key demographic groups in this election and whether 2018 really was a Blue Wave.

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Episode 52, November 1, 2018 — Special episode alert! Mallory Newall and special guest Janine Beekman dive into the latest NPR-Ipsos poll on sexual assault and sexual harassment, examining where Americans are at one year after the #MeToo movement took off.

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Episode 51, October 31, 2018 — Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall discuss Ipsos’ final battleground state polls before next week’s midterm elections. For more information on close races across the country, visit political-atlas.com.

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

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