Tied Senate Race in Missouri for McCaskill and Hawley, and Right-to-Work Repeal. Majority of voters want Gov. Greitens out

A new Emerson College Poll in Missouri has the closely watched Senate race between incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill and likely Republican challenger Josh Hawley in a tie, with each candidate receiving 45% of the vote, and 11% of voters undecided. The state’s major ballot initiative to overturn the recently passed “Right-to-Work” law is also tied at 40%, with 20% undecided. The poll was conducted April 26-29, 2018 and has a credibility interval of +/- 4.2%.

Though Hawley has a competitive general election ahead of him, he is facing little trouble in the GOP primary to take on McCaskill. Hawley leads the Republican primary with 37% of the vote, near 30 percentage points ahead of second-place finisher and 2016 Libertarian Presidential candidate-turned Republican Senate candidate Austin Petersen at 8%. Courtland Sykes, who made headlines earlier this year after making controversial remarks regarding feminism, is at 6%, with 5% opting for “someone else.” Interestingly, 45% of Republican primary voters remain undecided.

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Republicans Bounce Back in Arizona 8th Congressional, Strong Turnout Has Republican Candidate leading 49% to 43%

A new Emerson College Poll has Democratic candidate Republican Debbie Lesko pulling away from her Democrat Opponent Hiral Tipirneni 49% to 43% with 8% undecided. The special election will held on April 24. A poll conducted a week before had the race tied at 46% for Tipirneni and 45% for Lesko. Data was collected April 19-22 with a +/- 5.2 percentage point credibility interval.

This week’s poll used voter turnout projections based on the early vote (http://www.arizona.vote/early-ballot-statistics) to determine the party splits. The data finds Republicans making up about 49% of the vote, as compared with Democrats, who up just under 28% of the vote. In the previous Emerson poll, the turnout projections were based on voter registration numbers (https://bit.ly/2HKwcW7) which has the district at 41% Republican and 25% Democratic.

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Statistical Tie in Arizona 8th Congressional. Democrats Positioned for Surprise Upset in the Desert

A new Emerson College Poll has Democratic candidate Hiral Tipirneni in a statistical dead heat with her Republican opponent Debbie Lesko 46% to 45%, in a special election to be held on April 24. President Trump won the district 58% to 37% in 2016. Data was collected April 12-15 with a +/- 5.2 percentage point credibility interval.

Tipirneni is the most popular candidate in the race, with a 49% favorable and 29% unfavorable opinion. Lesko is slightly underwater with a 43% favorable and 45% unfavorable opinion. Trent Franks, the former congressman who resigned the seat, has a 24% favorable and 49% unfavorable opinion. President Trump’s job approval in the district is 44% approve and 46% disapprove.

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New York Times: Cynthia Nixon Puts Legalizing Marijuana Front and Center of Campaign

Mr. Cuomo signed a bill legalizing the use of medical marijuana in 2014, and he has proposed decriminalizing public possession of small amounts of marijuana, a measure that has not passed the state Legislature. But he has been reluctant to embrace full recreational legalization, a move that 62 percent of registered New York voters support, according to a November 2017 survey by Emerson College.

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Emerson College Survey: Esports as Bridge Between US and China. Study compares video games culture in both Countries

Two new Emerson College surveys looked at the presence and opinion that people have of esports and video games in both the United States and China.

Key points from the studies are listed below.

● Are you familiar with the term esports?

○ U.S. residents are familiar with the term 74% to 26%

○ Chinese residents are familiar with the term 87% to 13%

● Do you think video gaming also called esports is a profession or a hobby?

○ U.S. residents see esports as a hobby 66% to 34%

○ Chinese residents see esports as a hobby 75% to 25%

● How much money, if any, did you spend on esports merchandise within the past 6 months?

○ 71% of U.S. residents spent nothing for esports merchandise

○ 28% of Chinese residents spent nothing for esports merchandise

● What is the average time you have watched or played a video game in the last week?

○ 77% of U.S. residents watched or played for five hours or less

○ 48% of Chinese residents watched or played for six hours or more

College Esports Expo 2018, US and China survey results, EMERSON COLLEGE

● Do you think most people play video games too much, too little, or just about the right amount of time?

○ 60% of U.S. residents think that people play video games too much

○ 53% of Chinese residents think that people play video games about right

● How concerned are you about the level of violence in many video games today?

○ U.S. residents are 54% concerned compared to 38% that are not concerned

○ Chinese residents are 58% concerned compared to 31% that are not concerned

● Are you more likely to play video games by yourself or with family and friends?

○ U.S. residents prefer playing alone 78% to 22%

○ Chinese residents prefer playing alone 61% to 39%

■ Overall there was a significant difference between the two Countries on this question.

● Which is your preferred gaming platform?

○ U.S. residents favored the console to computer 40% to 33%

○ Chinese residents favored the computer to the console 57% to 5%

■ China had banned game consoles until 2014 College Esports Expo 2018, US and China survey results,

Methodology

● The Emerson College United States and China esports surveys were conducted under the Supervision of Professor Spencer Kimball.

● China Caller ID

○ Data was collected March 27-30, 2018 via an online panel of Chinese residents provided by Survey Monkey

○ The Credibility Interval for n=300 is +/-6.5 percentage points.

○ Data was weighted based on the Chinese census by age, gender, and region.

● United States Caller ID

○ Data was collected March 27- April 1, 2018 via an online panel of United States residents provided by Survey Monkey.

○ The Credibility Interval for n=400 is +/-5.7 percentage points.

○ Data was weighted based on the American Community Survey data for the US by gender, age, ethnicity, and region.

Results