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Few white voters upset about Obama victory despite lingering racism

Published: Sep 13th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Racism may be less of a factor in politics than other realms of life, according to a new University of Florida study, which found few white voters […]

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

Published: Apr 1st, 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: Oct 27th, 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: Sep 1st, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The level of voters’ education — not the large numbers of blacks who turned out for the first time to cast ballots for Barack Obama — best […]

Alcohol tax increases deter drinking

Alcohol tax increases deter drinking

Published: Jan 15th, 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: Oct 22nd, 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: Sep 24th, 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: Apr 2nd, 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.

UF professor re-evaluates political legacy of Jesse Helms in new book

Published: Feb 4th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Jesse Helms has always been like coffee — people have either loved him or hated him.

UF study: Anti-immigration steps encourage foreigners to stay in U.S.

Published: Nov 6th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Restrictions to keep illegal immigrants from entering the United States are having the perverse effect of encouraging those who are already here to stay by any means necessary, a new University of Florida study finds.