December 30, 2013 | By Dina Smeltz

Good Copy

My favorite part of writing blog posts is finalizing the title.  Sometimes it takes just as long - or longer - to come up with a good title as it does to write the content.  I guess that's a good thing, since according to David Ogilvy, one of the original Ad Men, “On the average, five times as many people read the headline as read the body copy. When you have written your headline, you have spent eighty cents out of your dollar.”

So as the year comes to a close, I wanted to highlight a sampling of 2013 blog posts with particularly fetching titles that we covered here on RunningNumbers.  Thanks to my colleagues at The Chicago Council who have helped with the headlines.  Which one is your favorite?

December 19, 2013   Split Personality:  Ukrainians on the EU versus Russia

December 6, 2013    Hot Zone: China, the US and the ADIZ

November 7, 2013   Africa May Be Rising, but Not Lifting All Equally

November 1, 2013   Prime Minister Maliki Goes to Washington

October 24, 2013   Money Talks:  Midwest Businesses Support Immigration Reform

August 23, 2013   Oilè! Mexican Public Opposed to Pemex Privatization

August 13, 2013   A Hot Mess: Relative Rankings of Climate Change as a Major Threat

June 7, 2013    Sweet and Sour:  American Opinion on China

May 23, 2013   Game of Drones (American views on US drone use)

May 3, 2013   Ay Chihuahua! US Views of Mexico At Lowest Point Since 1994

April 12, 2013   [subtitle] The Cakewalk that Wasn't (Iraq war, ten years on)

March 20, 2013  What the Frack? Americans Don’t Seem To Know Much about Hydraulic Fracturing

March 14, 2013   It's Not Easy Being Green

February 21, 2013   Best Picture (of all time)

February 13, 2013   Like Father, Like Son (North Korea)

January 15, 2013   Home Deport

 

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| By Karl Friedhoff

Diplomacy in the Air on Korean Peninsula

In the coming months, there will be a flurry of diplomatic activity on the Korean Peninsula. This is good news for many South Koreans, even though the South Korea public still has doubts about North Korea's true intentions.


| By Dzena Berbic, Craig Kafura

America and the Millennial Agenda

Millennials have become the most populous living generation in the United States, overtaking Baby Boomers and Gen Xers in becoming the largest voting body. So what do Millennials want, and what are some of their noticeable generational differences? A recent Chicago Council on Global Affairs event featuring Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-IL2), former Congressman Bob Dold (R-IL10), POLITICO’s Natasha Korecki, and Council pollster Craig Kafura, discussed Millennial attitudes and the Millennial political agenda.



| By Craig Kafura

O Christmas Tree

Christmas is a widely-celebrated holiday in the United States. Though the Christmas tree remains a popular symbol, Americans are changing the kind of tree they use in their homes—and a small but rising number are opting to celebrate without a tree altogether. 




| By Dina Smeltz

Arrested Development

In President Trump's first major speech before the United Nations General Assembly last week, he described the nuclear agreement with Iran as an "embarrassment" to the United States. But according to the 2017 Chicago Council Survey, the public disagrees. 


Americans Not Sure Trump's Policies Will Make America Safer

The 2017 Chicago Council Survey finds that majorities of Americans continue to think that international terrorism is one of the most critical threats to the United States. But the overall public is not convinced that the Trump administration's policies will make the United States safer from terrorism. 








On his Europe trip, Trump will be crossing into hostile territory

Donald Trump kicked off his second official foreign tour today in Warsaw, Poland, giving a speech condemning Russian aggression amid a crowd enthusiastic about its government’s show of friendship with the US leader. For Trump, this first stop will likely be the easy part.