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Trump’s approval rating has a lower ceiling and higher floor than that of past presidents. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

Investigations usually hurt a president’s public reputation – but Trump isn’t usual

Investigations often damage the president's approval rating, particularly if the inquiry drags on for a long time. But that may not matter to a historically unpopular president like Trump.
A man holds up a joint during a 2017 rally to support the legalization of marijuana in Washington, D.C. AP Photo/Alex Brandon

Why do so many Americans now support legalizing marijuana?

As politically polarized as the country may seem, when it comes to marijuana, Americans across the spectrum have changed their minds. A new study says it's all thanks to the media.
How does the concept of science in the crosshairs affect opinions? gan chaonan/Shutterstock.com

Calling it a ‘war on science’ has consequences

Researchers found that aggressive messaging and framing current events as a 'war on science' had different effects on how liberals and conservatives felt about scientists' credibility.

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