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Better opinions polls are more expensive because pollsters need to spend more effort getting a representative and honest sample of voters. Shutterstock

Here’s how to make opinion polls more representative and honest

You could compare election opinion polls to penalty shoot-outs at a World Cup final: there’s huge pressure to get it right and we remember the big misses most of all.
Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia, the Navy’s largest base, is endangered by sea level rise. Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ernest R. Scott

Veterans are concerned about climate change, and that matters

Military veterans have concerns about climate change at about the same level as nonveterans, a recent study suggests. What might this mean for acceptance of climate science?
An anti-Brexit protester speaks during a demonstration. Reuters/Henry Nicholls

How Trump and Brexit united Europe

Back in 2016, the Brexit vote and US presidential election seemed like a nationalist one-two punch that could knock out the European Union. Instead, EU support actually rose, new research shows.
Historically, the high-water mark for American dissatisfaction with government was the 1970s — the era of Vietnam, Nixon and Watergate. AP Photo/John Duricka

Americans distrusted US democracy long before Trump’s Russia problem

Russian meddling has shaken Americans' faith in democracy. But public discontent after a scandal is hardly new. Trust in government began to erode under Nixon, and it's mostly worsened since then.
Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath arrives ahead of the Ontario Elections Leaders debate at the CBC building in Toronto on May 27, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch

How an NDP victory in Ontario is a real possibility

On June 7, Ontario may have a new premier, and the latest public opinion polls suggest it could be Andrea Horwath. She would lead just the second NDP government in Ontario.

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