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 Diana C. Mutz

How Trade Attitudes Changed from 2012-2016

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Who Run the World? Foreign Policy Attitudes on Women and Girls

In partnership with the New America Foundation, the 2016 Chicago Council Survey included two questions developed to provide better insight about the importance of promoting women's rights and women's participation in societies around the world. 


This Presidential Election Was All about Identity, Not Qualities and Issues

Donald Trump just pulled off one of the most stunning upsets in American political history, capturing the presidency last Tuesday night. How did it happen? This election was all about identity politics, with Trump able to connect with non-college whites, especially white men without a college degree.



| By Dina Smeltz

The US-Russian Relationship

The 2016 Chicago Council Survey partnered with the Levada Analytical Center in Moscow to ask Americans and Russians how they feel about each other and—more importantly—each other’s government. 


| By Richard C. Eichenberg

Gender Difference in Foreign Policy Opinions: Implications for 2016

There are three patterns in American politics that take on special significance in 2016: the gender divide in Presidential elections; the low support for Donald Trump among women; and the growing discussion in the foreign policy community about the inclusion of women in the policy process. Nonresident fellow Richard Eichenberg explores the extent of gender difference in the 2016 Chicago Council Survey data and assesses the relevance of any differences to this year’s presidential election.







The Surprising Popularity of Trade

Results from the 2016 Chicago Council Survey reveal that international trade and globalization remain popular with the American public. 



| By Dina Smeltz, Karl Friedhoff

On Terrorism, Americans See No End in Sight

The June 10-27 Chicago Council Survey finds that the American public considers international terrorism to be the most critical threat facing the nation. In combating terrorism Americans say that almost all options should be on the table, yet a large majority expect that occasional acts of terror will be a part of life in the future.


| By Dina Smeltz, Craig Kafura

Americans Support Limited Military Action in Syria

The 2016 Chicago Council Survey, conducted June 10-27, reveals that Americans across partisan lines support limited military actions in Syria that combine air strikes and the use of Special Operations Forces. There are deep partisan divides on accepting Syrian refugees, and widespread skepticism toward arming anti-government groups or negotiating a deal that would leave President Assad in power.