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2012 election

Dwindling undecided voters have lost much of their power

Sep. 26, 2012—There now is only a small and ever dwindling chance that the remaining undecided voters might influence the outcome of the presidential election, said a Vanderbilt University political scientist.

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Romney not hurt much in aftermath of ’47 percent’ clip: Vanderbilt survey

Sep. 20, 2012—The video of Mitt Romney dismissing 47 percent of Americans as unreachable by Republicans had little effect on swing voters who will probably decide the Nov. 4 election.

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Steps toward ending gridlock in Congress

Sep. 19, 2012—Hope is being offered by Vanderbilt professor Marc Hetherington and a colleague that generational turnover and a few adjustments now could cause the end of gridlock in Congress in the long run.

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New Obama attack ad fails to make impact

Sep. 18, 2012—A new attack ad that chides Mitt Romney for refusing to release more of his tax return information is failing to spark much of a reaction.

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Anti-Obama attack ad finally earns Romney points among independent voters

Aug. 21, 2012—One of Mitt Romney’s latest campaign commercials against President Barack Obama seems to be hitting a nerve among independent voters, data from the Vanderbilt/YouGov Ad Rating Project shows.

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VUCast: Through the Wormhole

Aug. 10, 2012—This Week on VUCast, Vanderbilt’s online newscast: Vanderbilt goes “through the wormhole” How voters are getting their say on political attack ads From the desert to the dugout… Who ya with?

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Reaction to recent positive Obama ad indicates negative strategy would be better

Jul. 30, 2012—Nearly a third of American voters finds a new ‘positive’ ad by President Obama contrasting his approach to the economy with that of Mitt Romney to be 'disgusting.'

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Vanderbilt and YouGov team up to survey reactions to campaign ads

Jul. 23, 2012—Voter reaction to campaign advertisements by the presidential candidates will be evaluated this fall through a partnership between Vanderbilt University and YouGov, a prominent research firm.

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VUCast: Feeling the Heat?

Jun. 29, 2012—This Week on VUCast: Hotter than hot? Using your phone to beat the heat. Campus construction: What’s new? How presidential hopeful Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith might shape Middle East policy.

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Romney foreign policy would not be focused on Israel and Middle East

Jun. 8, 2012—As a Mormon, Mitt Romney’s religious beliefs have a basis on the American continent.  Assistant Professor of Religious History Kathleen Flake explains how that might affect the Middle East and Israel. View 2012 election expertise information for Kathleen Flake>> Visit ElectionVU to find all Vanderbilt experts on the 2012 election>>

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Romney has firm lead in Tennessee presidential race: Vanderbilt poll

May. 21, 2012—The latest Vanderbilt poll shows Republican Mitt Romney firmly in position to win the state of Tennessee in the presidential election in November.

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Vanderbilt Divinity discussion: Can a Mormon Be President?

Apr. 16, 2012—Kathleen Flake, a religious historian who teaches and writes about the interaction between American religion and law, will speak April 24 at a Vanderbilt Divinity School Community Breakfast.

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