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Most Americans have little or no trust in social media sites

August 2014 | Digital Journal

The majority of Americans have little or no trust that social media sites will respect and protect their online privacy. So say the results of a recently-released survey of American adults about their privacy experiences on the Internet.

The survey, commissioned by Rad Campaign, Lincoln Park Strategies and Craigslist founder Craig Newmark, asked 1,007 respondents a variety of questions about social media and online privacy. It found that 74 percent of Americans are either “very or somewhat concerned” about having too much of their personal information online.

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Online Privacy a Major Concern for Americans

August 2014 | eWEEK

Almost three-quarters of Americans worry about the quantity of personal information available online, according to a survey conducted by Rad Campaign, Lincoln Park Strategies and Craig Newmark of craigconnects.

More than half of the 1,007 Americans surveyed said they feel they cannot trust social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter to keep their contact information, buying habits and political beliefs confidential. 

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GDP grows at 4 percent pace. Good news for Democrats and Obama, right?

July 2014 | The Christian Science Monitor

The Supreme Court recently agreed to hear a case this fall to decide if threatening Facebook posts are protected “free speech” under the First Amendment. The case involves a Pennsylvania man who was sentenced to four years in prison for death threats that he posted on his Facebook page against his wife.

Regardless of what the Court decides, this case has raised a pivotal question that falls outside the “traditional” scope of government regulation: who should regulate and monitor content on the Internet?

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Twitter and Facebook should step up now to stop online harassment

June 2014 | Stefan Hankin

The Supreme Court recently agreed to hear a case this fall to decide if threatening Facebook posts are protected “free speech” under the First Amendment. The case involves a Pennsylvania man who was sentenced to four years in prison for death threats that he posted on his Facebook page against his wife.

Regardless of what the Court decides, this case has raised a pivotal question that falls outside the “traditional” scope of government regulation: who should regulate and monitor content on the Internet?

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In The Capital’s Profile on Lincoln Park Strategies

Tess VandenDolder from In The Capital met with Stefan Hankin, president and founder of the polling firm Lincoln Park Strategies, to try to figure out just what being a pollster in this town was all about.

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Poll: Sexual Harassment on Facebook Most Common Abuse

June 4, 2014 | U.S. News & World Report

Facebook has become the world’s most popular social network and has added a profound impact on daily life, which might not always be a good thing, a new online survey finds. Facebook is home to 62 percent of online abuse in the U.S., according to the poll, released on Wednesday.

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Four must-know facts about “moderate” voters

April 2014 | Stefan Hankin

“Moderate” voters are one of the most misunderstood blocs of the electorate. While they have historically comprised a plurality of American voters – 41 percent of voters in 2012 and 44 percent in 2008  – moderates are not nearly as monolithic as liberals or conservatives in their ideology or their voting behavior.

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Is it gerrymandering – or geography? Why redistricting reform can’t end polarization.

April 2014 | Stefan Hankin

As frustrations with an increasingly partisan and unresponsive Congress have mounted, many people both inside Washington and out point to gerrymandering as the culprit. Creating “safe” and highly partisan seats, the argument goes, has created a generation of extremist members who cater to their base during primaries and have nothing to fear in general elections. The solution, proponents of this school of thought say, is nonpartisan redistricting reform

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 Keystone XL: All Lobbied Up with No Place To Go

May 16, 2014 | Forbes

Two possibilities now loom over Keystone XL and, by extension, the energy industry. Neither one is good.

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 Polls show Cobb County voters want Braves closer, but don’t want to pay for the move

May 14, 2014 | Atlanta Journal Constitution

With a primary vote only days away, a pair of polls commissioned has found that voters in the northern half of Cobb County – who are about to weigh in on two county commission races – like the idea of the Braves moving closer.

But they have no interest in paying taxes to move the team across the Chattahoochee River.

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Group targets 2015 for new Vermont gun law

May 2, 2014 | Burlington Free Press

Supporters of increased controls over guns in Vermont accepted the fact that legislation was going nowhere in 2014.

When lawmakers declined to vote this year on gun-control charter changes passed by Burlington voters in March, gun control supporters opted against raising a ruckus.

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 2014 Midterm Elections

April 13, 2014 | CSPAN

Stefan Hankin and Kellyanne Conway talked about public opinion on politics and policy, and the political climate ahead of the 2014 midterm elections and 2016 presidential election. They also spoke about the future of the Affordable Care Act, income inequality, the gender pay equity gap, tax and fiscal policies, and President Obama’s foreign policy and political future. Watch here>>

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