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Articles about events and initiatives at the Center for the Political Future and Unruh Institute, as well as contributions from our team to significant publications in California and beyond.

Both USC voting locations will open on Friday, October 30. (Source: Illustration/K Selnick)

USC News - USC community making final push to get out the vote

For months, CPF, VoteSC, USC Athletics’ Black Lives Matter Action Team, and multiple organizations at USC have been encouraging students and community members to register to vote. These voter engagement efforts have resulted in the university turning two buildings into voting centers and encouraging the entire Trojan community to exercise their civic duty. USC News profiled our voter engagement efforts, with CPF Executive Director Kamy Akhavan detailing our civic engagement efforts to make the voting process as easy as possible.

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President Trump significantly underperformed surveyed voters’ expectations during the September 29 presidential debate, according to new USC Dornsife polling. (Source: Patrick Semansky/Associated Press)

Los Angeles Times - Trump hasn’t recovered from tailspin set off by raucous debate performance, poll shows

CPF, USC Dornsife, and USC Dornsife Center for Economic and Social Research launched the USC Dornsife Daybreak Poll, a daily nationwide poll to track Americans’ opinions about the presidential candidates. The latest poll results show President Trump hasn't recovered from his first debate performance with Joe Biden. On October 14, 2020, Los Angeles Times analyzed the latest results, including comments from CPF Director Bob Shrum.

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Nate Cohn, domestic correspondent for The Upshot at The New York Times, reports on the latest USC Dornsife Daybreak Poll results. (Source: The New York Times)

The New York Times - The Upshot on Today’s Polls

CPF, USC Dornsife, and USC Dornsife Center for Economic and Social Research launched the USC Dornsife Daybreak Poll, a daily nationwide poll to track Americans’ opinions about the presidential candidates. The Upshot at The New York Times, an analysis of the day in polls from now until Election Day, includes the latest USC Dornsife Daybreak Poll results in its findings.

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David Lauter, Los Angeles Times’ Washington bureau chief, reports on the latest USC Dornsife Daybreak Poll results. (Source: Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles Times - State by state, Trump falls behind

CPF, USC Dornsife, and USC Dornsife Center for Economic and Social Research launched the USC Dornsife Daybreak Poll, a daily nationwide poll to track Americans’ opinions about the presidential candidates. The latest poll results show Biden leads on everything but jobs and the economy. On September 16, 2020, Los Angeles Times analyzed the latest results.

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Though registered voters trust Donald Trump more on jobs and the economy, Joe Biden has a large advantage when it comes to uniting the country and responding to COVID-19. (Source: Photo/iStock)

USC News - USC poll: Biden leads on everything but jobs and the economy

CPF, USC Dornsife, and USC Dornsife Center for Economic and Social Research launched the USC Dornsife Daybreak Poll, a daily nationwide poll to track Americans’ opinions about the presidential candidates. The latest poll reveals 59% of registered voters have an unfavorable opinion of Donald Trump, compared to a 50% favorable rating for Joe Biden. On September 16, 2020, USC News reported on the latest results.

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President Trump, left, and former Vice President Joe Biden. (Source: Associated Press)

Los Angeles Times - Poll highlights key barriers for Trump and Biden in final weeks before election

CPF, USC Dornsife, and USC Dornsife Center for Economic and Social Research launched the USC Dornsife Daybreak Poll, a daily nationwide poll to track Americans’ opinions about the presidential candidates. The latest poll results show a small majority of voters trust President Trump to handle jobs and the economy, but Biden leads on all other issues. On September 16, 2020, Los Angeles Times analyzed the latest results, including comments from CPF co-directors Bob Shrum and Mike Murphy.

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CPF and USC Dornsife are partnering to offer the "Election R&D Dialogues" online event series. (Source: USC Dornsife)

Election R&D Dialogue Series – Save the Dates

At the USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future (CPF), veteran strategists Bob Shrum and Mike Murphy regularly talk with top operatives on both sides of the 2020 presidential election. In partnership with the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, CPF is hosting a series of online discussions titled “Election R&D Dialogues.”

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Among voters in rural areas — President Trump’s stronghold — his support has slipped about 10 points among women, a USC poll finds. (Source: Andrew Harnik / Associated Press)

Los Angeles Times - Trump has Slipped Among Key Groups that Backed Him in 2016

CPF, USC Dornsife, and USC Dornsife Center for Economic and Social Research launched a daily nationwide poll to track Americans’ opinions about the presidential candidates. The latest results show President Trump’s support has eroded among key groups of voters who backed him in 2016. On September 1, 2020, Los Angeles Times analyzed the latest results and some potential reasoning behind them.

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Joe Biden campaigns in Pittsburgh on Monday, August 31, 2020. (Source: REUTERS/Alan Freed)

Times of San Diego - USC Poll That Predicted 2016 Trump Victory Shows Big National Lead for Biden

CPF, USC Dornsife, and USC Dornsife Center for Economic and Social Research launched the USC Dornsife Daybreak Poll, a daily nationwide poll to track Americans’ opinions about the presidential candidates. The latest poll results show former Vice President Joe Biden with an 11-point lead over President Donald Trump. Times of San Diego reported on the latest poll results on September 1, 2020.

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President Trump speaks at the White House on Wednesday. (Source: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)

The Washington Post - How Biden Could Still Lose

Center Co-Director Mike Murphy wrote an opinion piece for The Washington Post. He describes possible lines of attack from President Trump on Joe Biden and possible issues the Biden campaign could face in the coming months as the 2020 election heats up.

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