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Daybreak Poll USC Trump debate performance
After the presidential debate, performance ratings show that neither candidate met the relatively low expectations of voters overall, but President Donald Trump significantly underperformed. (Photo/iStock)

Voter confidence in Trump’s mental and physical fitness dropped after first debate

USC Dornsife’s Daybreak Poll also reveals a staggering two-thirds of voters plan to vote before Election Day and the way people will cast their vote is associated with their political leaning.

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economic housing recovery Los Angeles California
While there has been rapid progress in employment growth, unemployment and median household income since the Great Recession, there has been much less recovery in areas throughout housing. (Illustration/iStock)

Despite economic recovery, housing challenges persist in L.A. and California

A new USC analysis of the Los Angeles and Golden State economies shows that rental affordability, homeownership and certain other indicators never fully rebounded from the Great Recession.

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Supreme court fight
President Donald Trump has nominated a conservative judge to the court, Judge Amy Coney Barrett of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. (Photo/Pixabay)

What to make of the fight over Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Supreme Court replacement

A lot remains unclear about the brewing battle — from the timing and how it might help or hurt the presidential candidates, to whether it will galvanize voters motivated by issues like abortion, religious freedom and health care. USC experts weigh in.