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Brazil can still capitalize on good vibes from World Cup

Published: July 1 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Brazil can still make the positive glow from hosting the 2014 FIFA World Cup last for years if it starts right away building programs that will unite citizens long after the event is over, a University of Florida study has found.

Floridians remain conflicted on immigration; oppose eligibility for federal education grants

Published: May 19 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Floridians support the children of people who illegally entered the U.S. attending public colleges in their home state at lower, in-state tuition rates.

UF poll reveals support for state Medicaid expansion, changes to Affordable Care Act

Published: February 27 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A poll of registered voters in Florida on upcoming state legislative issues by the Bob Graham Center for Public Service in collaboration with the University of Florida Bureau of Economic and Business Research found that 67 percent of respondents support expansion of the state’s Medicaid program. Twenty-eight percent oppose expansion.

UF poll Floridians interested in governor’s race Crist leads Scott by seven points

Published: February 5 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A poll of registered voters in Florida by the Bob Graham Center for Public Service at the University of Florida in collaboration with UF’s Bureau of Economic and Business Research revealed high interest in Florida’s governor’s race, with 95 percent of likely voters reporting either “a great deal of interest” (66 percent) or “a fair amount of interest” (29 percent).

First preeminence funding to advance new research frontiers

Published: October 9 2013

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With a computerized world generating colossal amounts of information, many experts believe the emerging science of big data will lead to bold new insights in fields from biology to business.

Negative political ads pack punch with voters who trust politicians, UF study shows

Published: September 18 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Contrary to conventional wisdom, negative political advertisements don’t always work as well as some believe. In part, this is because the audience with which they seem to work best — people who think government works — has been shrinking.

UF political science professor receives $1.25 million grant from Department of Defense

Published: May 17 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded a University of Florida professor $1.25 million to study factors affecting political stability in the African Sahel, the region south of the Sahara Desert.

Book by UF faculty reveals human side of undocumented immigration issue

Published: October 3 2011

GAINESVILLE, FLA. — Philip Williams didn’t expect to find hope in Cobb County, Ga.

Florida real estate markets slip amid economic worries, political infighting

Published: August 11 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Economic worries and continued acrimony among lawmakers have claimed yet another casualty: The outlook for real estate markets in Florida declined slightly through the second quarter of 2011, according to a new University of Florida survey.

Florida's real estate outlook perks up in several areas, UF survey finds

Published: February 1 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Optimism has increased slowly but steadily in Florida real estate markets through the fourth quarter of 2010, a new University of Florida survey finds.

UF study: Election and high unemployment add to fears for real estate

Published: November 1 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Uncertainty persists in Florida’s real estate markets, aggravated by the state’s high jobless rate and fears about the upcoming election, a new University of Florida survey finds.

Brechner Center shines light on open government accountability for political candidates

Published: October 19 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – In anticipation of the upcoming elections, the Brechner Center for Freedom of Information at the University of Florida hopes that voters don’t forget a key issue: open government.

Few white voters upset about Obama victory despite lingering racism

Published: September 13 2010

UF researcher files brief with U.S. Supreme Court on ballot signatures

Published: April 1 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A group of scholars led by Daniel Smith, a University of Florida political science professor, filed a “friend of the court” brief today with the U.S. Supreme Court urging states be allowed to publicly disclose citizen signatures on ballot initiatives and referenda.

UF study recasts political 'God gap' theory with details of a religious left

Published: October 27 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Christians who value communal forms of worship over doctrine have emerged as a politically liberal alternative to the religious right, a new University of Florida study finds.

Education played bigger role than race in approving gay marriage ban

Published: September 1 2009

Alcohol tax increases deter drinking

Published: January 15 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As leaders of many national, state and local governments debate whether to raise taxes on alcohol to boost revenues, their decisions also could influence how much their constituents imbibe in coming years, say University of Florida researchers.

Wearing candidate garb won't keep voters away from polls in Florida

Published: October 22 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — While poll workers in some states will turn away voters who wear political shirts, hats or buttons, wearing your political pride while voting in Florida won't violate any anti-solicitation laws, a UF political science professor said.

Legislators' nod to citizen initiatives may be tied to re-election hopes

Published: September 24 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Citizen-initiated measures, such as gay rights and physician-assisted suicide, are not a uniquely Western U.S. phenomenon as traditionally thought, but have their roots across a wide geographical area that includes the Deep South, a new University of Florida study finds.

UF institute connects countries in global discussion of King’s legacy

Published: April 2 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — On the 40th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, the technology he lamented had overshadowed the human spirit was used to power four interactive global webcasts that transcend race, class, nation and religion.