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TREND REPORT: Like everything else in politics, the mood of the nation is highly polarized

Jun 13, 2017

Eric Plutzer and Michael Berkman

Almost a year ago, Penn State’s McCourtney Institute for Democracy embarked on a mission to use the power of public opinion polls and new information technologies to let ordinary citizens tell us how American political life made them feel.  Since then, in four major polls, we have asked a representative of 4,000 Americans to tell us – in their own words – what makes them proud, what makes them angry, what makes them hopeful, and what makes them worried.

This report utilizes data from the first four Mood of the Nation polls to highlight trends in the national mood and to highlight the specific people, groups and events that Americans are passionate about.  

Click to View Trends in the Mood of the Nation Report