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People casting voting ballots in a box
The latest USC Schwarzenegger Institute-USC Price California Issues Poll provides a snapshot of California voters’ attitudes ahead of this year’s midterm elections.(Photo/Edmond Dantès via Pexels)

USC poll highlights the economy, homelessness and violence against election workers as top voter issues

A recent USC Price poll shows that Golden State voters agree on many issues, such as concerns about inflation and homelessness, but that they are significantly divided on questions about free speech and environmental regulation.

Illustration: Why is America so divided?
Why is America so divided? USC researchers from multiple disciplines are digging deep into America’s polarization problem. (Illustration/iStock)

Why is America so divided? Researchers find fake news about controversial topics contributes to political polarization

USC researchers dig deep into America’s polarization problem: a data-driven tool measures discord on controversial topics; computer scientists study who spreads fake news; and policy experts examine why polarization is different today.