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Behind the Scenes At The Most Important Election in 2021

Phonebanks are seldom referenced in news stories about campaign messaging and tactics. When done right, phonebanks can be downright boring—there is no thrill in the third or fourth call to a committed supporter who has yet to fulfill a promise to vote, reminding them of the last…

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Red State Warnings About the COVID Debate

We’ve conducted three surveys in Red States over the summer, measuring voter opinions on public policy options to address the Covid 19 Delta Variant. Our most recent work for Millsaps College was in Mississippi – the state with the third highest death rate from COVID and currentl…

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Quick Take on Census and MS Legislative Redistricting

The U.S. Census Bureau released detailed information on Mississippi. Our Chism Strategies Director of Voter Targeting, Brannon Miller, did a quick analysis on the implications toward redistricting. We will keep pouring over the numbers, but we wanted you to have this now. The popul…

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COVID Wedge Issues

Vaccine Passports 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 m…

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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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