A shark is hauled aboard a boat in 2014, during Western Australia’s controversial shark culling trial.
Sea Shepherd Australia
A Senate committee has recommended an end to sharks culls and nets. According to surveys, the public is on board with the idea of ending policies that are lethal to sharks.
Who should be allowed inside?
Scholars dig in to the debate on whether police should be able to defeat or circumvent encryption systems.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast
A survey asked Americans what they would do if the Supreme Court started making many unpopular decisions. Here's what they said.
The default position in social and political theory is to disregard children altogether, or to consider them as learner-citizens.
AAP/Lucy Hughes Jones
When children and young people have opportunities for active citizenship, they demonstrate a wide range of ways of contributing to their communities.
Have the Supreme Court’s rulings changed over time?
The Supreme Court's public reputation is strong in part because people see it as less political than other government branches. What can text analysis tell us about how accurate that perception is?
Gay pride – but not everywhere.
Why are there such big differences in public opinion about homosexuality? It turns out where you live can be a major influence on how you feel.
A protester against President Trump’s immigration policy and a Trump supporter in New York City.
Data since 1950s show Americans have always been wary of refugees. A public opinion expert explains current attitudes toward Syrian refugees and what it means for building consensus on policy.
Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto’s meeting with Donald Trump during the campaign proved wildly unpopular with the Mexico people.
What's cooler than standing up to a bully?
Trump supporters celebrating.
The more we have to defend our choice to others, the more certain we become that we are right. So what can we do about it?
A stack of Southern Weekly newspapers (left) are displayed at a newsstand in Beijing,
The Chinese government has an interest in presenting a positive narrative about Africa to its citizens. But the new commercial media is challenging this by prioritising sensational stories.
Over three-quarters of Australians now accept climate change is happening, according to a new survey from the Climate Institute.
Russian President Vladimir Putin in center.
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s approval rating has not dropped below 80 percent since March 2014. Russians overwhelmingly support their president's aggression in Georgia and Crimea. Here's why.
The public appetite for climate policy is bigger now than when Julia Gillard’s government passed the carbon tax in 2011.
AAP Image/Lukas Coch
Climate has been something of a sleeper issue in this election. But a new survey suggests voters are keener for action now then they were when the carbon tax was making its way through parliament.
Hurricane Sandy was a turning point on views about climate change, but the effect doesn’t trump political views.
Despite what some climate advocates think, extreme weather events do little to sway Americans' political views on climate change.
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We often get the facts wrong, but how we feel about austerity has serious consequences for the political class.
People in the West seem to have a bleak vision of the prospects for our way of life and even for the survival of humanity.
People rate the risks of global threats to humanity surprisingly high. We need to understand the impacts of a loss of faith in notions of material progress and scientific and technological fixes.
Gene editing has many potential applications that are not discussed enough.
Despite predictions, the CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing technique didn't win the Nobel Prize. But with the technology nevertheless taking off, it is time we start having an informed public debate about it.
Citizens’ juries are one mechanism to draw on informed public opinion to guide policy.
It is claimed 'tough on crime' policies reflect public opinion, but a properly informed public, via models such as citizens' juries, is likely to arrive at different views on prison and its alternatives.
From the UK, to Canada, Australia and the states – our opinions about the military are usually wrong.
Stuck in transit: The Keystone Pipeline proposal has become a symbol for politicians and environmentalists.
Public opinion poll on Keystone pipeline shows more people are concerned with local issues – including the impact of spills on environment and aquifers – than with global warming.