Four days after Election Day, on November 7, major news organizations called it for Joe Biden. On November 9, the Institute for Policy Research gathered several experts to examine what the results might mean for the economy, polarization and partisanship, misinformation and voting, and protests and policy.
In a new study in Nature, IPR sociologist Beth Redbird and her colleagues create a computer model using cell phone data to predict how COVID-19 spreads. It identifies "super-spreader" sites and shows how to better protect those most at risk for getting the virus.
Democrats and Republicans despise the other party more than they love their own, according to research by IPR experts James Druckman and Mary McGrath and Eli Finkel. They show that supporters of political parties now operate like warring sects.
The Stress in America Survey by the American Psychological Association shows young adults are most at-risk for mental health issues during the pandemic. IPR psychobiologist Emma Adam, who worked on the survey, offers advice for helping young people.
IPR sociologist Simone Ispa-Landa examines the contradiction between women participating in Greek life and feminist ideals. She finds that women in historically white sororities saw them as putting the brakes on efforts to find equal footing with men.
Recent IPR research includes studies looking at how people accidentally encounter the news, what campaign speeches say about politicians, and whether monetary sanctions on people convicted of crimes are just.
"We're seeing so much hardship and we're spending precious little relief aimed at the poor, which doesn't make a lot of sense."