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  1. How Did Our Politics Get Us Here? Research Provides a Good Answer

    One year after Donald Trump’s inauguration, many pundits and citizens alike continue to try to understand the results of the 2016 election. At the heart of the matter is a legitimate question that deserves to be considered not only for its importance to Trump’s victory, but also as it relates to many other governments worldwide and throughout history.  The pressing question is: How can voters find a candidate “authentically appealing” even though to many that candidate appears to be a “lying demagogue”?

  2. Census Case Judges Cite ASA In Disallowing Citizenship Question

    In 2018, the ASA joined other organizations in filing an amicus brief against the late inclusion of a question about citizenship to the 2020 Census.  Both the New York Southern District Court and a concurring Justice on the Supreme Court noted ASA’s opposition to the inclusion of the question in their rulings, which disallowed the addition of the citizenship question and permitted the census preparation process to begin.

  3. Sociology's Greatest Hits of 2018

    From a study on the impact of racial resentment on political ideology to analysis of issues including minority college admissions, the success of lying demagogues, and public opposition to “religious freedom” laws, the most downloaded sociological research published in the American Sociological Association’s journals in 2018 spanned a wide range of topics and social concerns.