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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Archive

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.


#TBT 1974: #NOTNixonian

Is the US public turning on President Donald Trump like it turned on former President Richard Nixon? Running Numbers is digging out its archived polls to look back at Nixon’s approval ratings compared to those of Trump to see whether US public opinion is following a similar path.



Heading into Brexit talks, Britain is as divided as ever

On the heels of the shocking General Election outcome, the UK-EU Brexit negotiations have begun. But the road ahead for these talks is far from smooth: recent polling indicates that the public is increasingly split on what exactly would qualify as an acceptable deal.



| By Craig Kafura

UK General Election 2017: Parliament and Polls Hung Out to Dry

As the results of the United Kingdom’s snap election filtered in last Friday, most headlines echoed shock: Theresa May and her Conservative Party had lost the large majority in Parliament that seemed almost guaranteed just a few weeks ago. What drove this shocking shift? Did anyone see it coming?


Trump’s Paris Pullout: Not Popular with US Public

President Trump recently announced that he plans on pulling the United States out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, a decision that is out of step with the views of the public. According to a number of surveys conducted over the past year, a majority of Americans support US participation in the agreement.


| By Dina Smeltz

The Urban-Rural Divide?

Are Americans as divided along geographic lines when it comes to key foreign policy matters as their voting patterns suggest? 


| By Karl Friedhoff

Moon Jae-In's Victory Does Not Put US-Korea Alliance at Risk

With the election of Moon Jae-In to the presidency of South Korea, there are concerns that the US-Korea alliance hangs in the balance. Those fears are overblown. While there are rough waters ahead, much of that will emanate from the Trump administration's handling of cost-sharing negotiations in the near future.


| By Dina Smeltz

The Foreign Policy Blob Is Bigger Than You Think

The Blob isn't just science fiction. When it comes to US foreign policy, its reach is far and wide with wide swaths of agreement between foreign policy elite and the general public. A new report from the Council and the Texas National Security Network explains.


| By Dina Smeltz

American Views of Israel Reveal Partisan and Generational Divides

Despite partisan differences on taking a side in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and on the status of US-Israel bilateral relations, overall trends from Chicago Council Survey data indicate that the relationship between the United States and Israel will continue to be viewed warmly by the American public.


#TBT: That Time We All Feared Chemical and Biological Weapons

In the spirit of Throw Back Thursday, Running Numbers is digging out its archived polls to look back at America’s foreign policy feelings of old. This week, we’re looking at Council data on Americans' perceptions of the threat posed by chemical and biological weapons in the late 90s and early 00s.



| By Dina Smeltz

​Polls Measure So Much More than Voting Intentions

The polling community took a lot heat following the failure of forecasters and data journalists to predict Trump's triumph in the 2016 election. But polls measure so much more than voting intentions says Council senior fellow Dina Smeltz.


| By Karl Friedhoff, Craig Kafura

Public Opinion in the US and China

There is perhaps no more important bilateral relationship in the world today than the one between the United States and China—the world’s two most important players in terms of economics and security. Where do the Chinese and American publics stand on key issues in the relationship, and what policies do they want to see their respective nations pursue worldwide?