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Friday Nov 28

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Political Figures

Friday, 28 November 2014 07:00

When covering politics, media highlights male faces and female bodies.

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Bias emerges in some of the most unexpected situations, researchers from the University of Michigan found when they examined how the media focuses on male versus female politicians. While photographs of male politicians zone in on their faces, female politicians’ figures are often also the focus, say lead researcher Sara Konrath, PhD and research assistant Josephine Au.

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About Face

Friday, 28 November 2014 07:00

Republican ladies have more stereotypically feminine faces than Democratic gals.

Are your political views written all over your face? Perhaps, says research examining the relationship between sex-typical facial features and political affiliation. Republican women were more likely to have stereotypically feminine faces than their Democratic counterparts, and the more conservative their views, the more exaggerated the effect, say UCLA researchers Colleen Carpinella, and Kerri L. Johnson, Ph.D.

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Who Is the 47 Percent?

Friday, 28 November 2014 07:00

Poll reveals why Romney may appear out of touch with American public.

Republicans are more likely to have access to basic necessities, says a Gallup poll examining which Americans are more likely to have their needs met. Democrats and Independents, however, report that they are less likely to have access to basic health care than their Republican peers are. Democrats and Independents are also more likely to report that they have times at which they lack the money to pay for health care or medicine than Republicans do.

Why is there such a discrepancy between party affiliation and quality of life? The data present an “interesting puzzle,” says Robert Alexander, PhD, associate professor of political science at Ohio Northern University. He is the author of Presidential Electors and the Electoral College: An Examination of Lobbying, Wavering Electors, and Campaigns for Faithless Votes

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The Politics of Tweeting

Friday, 28 November 2014 07:00

How do social networking sites affect political trends?

 

With the political season going into full swing, social networking sites (SNS) like Facebook and Twitter are abuzz with discussion about the upcoming election. Just how much of a role do these sites play in our political lives? For some voters more than others, SNS do matter, says a new study from Pew Research.

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Bebé Boom

Friday, 28 November 2014 07:00

Hispanics, non-whites most rapidly growing demographics in America.

Immigration and high fertility are boosting the minority population while the number of white births lags behind, says a Pew report examining ethnic and racial demographics in America. For the first time, the Census Bureau reports, non-Hispanic whites now account for the minority of births in the U.S.

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