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The Second Amendment and Mid-Term Elections

In late April, House Democrats proposed new restrictions on gun purchase and ownership to address gun violence. Political practitioners would benefit from the reminders in the recent Pew Research.(May 2021). While 72% of Americans believe that gun violence is a big issue, we are far from con…

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COVID-19 Vaccinations as the New Wedge Issue

In late May, the EEOC updated rules about requiring vaccines to return to work. While employers can require in-person workers (but not remote workers) to get vaccinated, there are limits. Among other things, businesses must make accommodations for the ADA and can’t make one’s vac…

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Mississippi Voters Favor Medicinal and Recreational Marijuana Legalization, Medicaid Expansion

A majority of Mississippi voters—over 63%—want the legislature to enact a medical marijuana law that mirrors the one passed by voters last November but was nullified by the State Supreme Court’s recent ruling regarding flaws with the state’s ballot initiative process,…

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Public Opinion Survey: MS Supreme Court and Initiative 65 on Medical Marijuana

Today our firm surveyed likely Mississippi voters to gauge public opinion on the recent decision by the Mississippi Supreme Court to invalidate Initiative 65. Our sample of 905 has a margin of error of +/- 3.26%. We used IVR surveys to reach landlines (44% of sample) and SMS technology for v…

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Millsaps College/Chism Strategies State of the State Survey: Voters Shift on COVID-19 Vaccine

Many Mississippians have reconsidered their plans regarding whether they intend to receive the COVID-19 vaccination, as 63% of voters say they will definitely or probably get vaccinated while another 13% report already being vaccinated. Of the remaining voters surveyed in the latest Millsaps…

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2021 Atlanta Municipal Elections: Interpreting the Changes Since 2017

ATLANTA VOTER REGISTRATION ON PATH TO GROW BY A THIRD IN JUST FOUR YEARS Since the last mayoral election, the city of Atlanta has seen dramatic growth in voter registration and some change in the demographic and partisan composition of the city’s electorate. These changes can be attri…

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January 2021 Mississippi State of the State Survey: Voters Unsure about COVID-19 Vaccine

An alarming number of Mississippi voters, nearly 50%, say they may refuse to receive the COVID-19 vaccine or are unsure if they will get it when it becomes available to them, and just over half report they will either definitely or probably receive the vaccine. The findings of the newly rele…

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A Recap of the 2020 Mississippi Senate Race

In the final tally, Espy received 44.1% of the vote statewide, compared to 41.1% for Biden. Espy received over 578,000 votes, the highest number ever received by a Democrat in a federal election in Mississippi’s history.  In precincts that are 80% or more white, turnout is up 1…

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2020 Turnout Surpasses All Elections Since 1908

Turnout 2020 turnout has already surpassed all elections since 1908, and votes are still being counted. The Washington Post projects 66.5% of eligible voters participated in the 2020 election. The last time turnout reached that level was in 1900, “when 73.7% of eligible Americans cast…

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Deciphering the Mail Ballot Vote Calendar

In an election cycle with so many unknowns, we can make two predictions with confidence: a) Vote-by-Mail will reach record highs and b) Mail-In Ballots take a long time to process. There are several quality essays and TV news accounts explaining why Trump might declare victory on Election n…

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