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​The AP-NORC Center Update

​Welcome to the latest edition of The AP-NORC Center Update.

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What Will Motivate Young People to Vote in November?

The next generation of potential voters can turn their political pessimism into action in the 2018 midterms, according to the latest wave of the MTV/AP-NORC Youth Political Pulse Survey. Fifty-seven percent of people ages 15 to 34 say they are doubtful that people of different political views can come together and work out their differences, and less than 1 in 5 hold out hope that these political divisions will heal over the next five years. Just 1 in 10 have felt positive or excited about the state of the country in the past month, and about 7 in 10 say American politics are dysfunctional. But 62 percent believe that their generation is motivated to make positive changes in the U.S., and 63 percent say voting in the 2018 midterms will allow their generation to effect real change in the government. Read more

Long-Term Care and Hispanics: Technology and Cultural Barriers

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More than half of Hispanic adults have encountered a communication barrier in the health care system, and they turn to a variety of formal and informal sources for help in overcoming these obstacles, according to a latest AP-NORC Center Long Term Care Poll, conducted with funding from The SCAN Foundation. Half rely on family or another health care provider to resolve language or cultural difficulties in the health care system, while more than a quarter have relied on a translator, public resources in their community, or online sources for assistance. Along with communication difficulties, many Hispanics are concerned about whether long-term care services in their area make any cultural accommodations. Read more

Genetic Testing: Ancestry Interest, But Privacy Concerns


Only a small number of Americans have had their DNA tested to discover their genealogy or detect any disease risks, but a majority say they would be interested in one day taking a genetic test. However, Americans are not entirely convinced about the reliability of genetic testing, and there is some apprehension about the confidentiality of their genetic information. Fifty-one percent say genetic information should be shared with the police only with consent of the person tested, while 33 percent say consent is not necessary and 13 percent oppose law enforcement’s use of genetic testing information altogether. Read more

Donald Trump and International Relations

After Donald Trump’s meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore in early June 2018, most Americans approved of how the president is handling North Korea. Still, few are persuaded that Trump’s meeting with Kim will actually lead to North Korea’s denuclearization and most Americans are not convinced that Trump can deal with difficult foreign policy issues. Last fall, when the two leaders were trading taunts, nearly two-thirds of the public disapproved of Trump’s dealings with North Korea. Now, 55 percent approve and 43 percent disapprove. Read more

Seen and Heard

Fortune, July 30: Results from the latest MTV/AP-NORC Youth Political Pulse survey were profiled in the article, "Young Voters Want to See Younger Leaders, Poll Finds."

Texas Public Radio, August 8: The Center's Deputy Director Jennifer Benz spoke with TPR about findings from the 2018 Long-Term Care Poll on Hispanics' concerns about language and cultural barriers.

FiveThirtyEight, August 21: The article, "What We Know About Voter ID Laws," cited findings from the Center's 2016 survey of attitudes toward the election process and voter fraud.

New Faces of The AP-NORC Center

KSimmons2.jpgKatie Simmons joined the Center on July 30 as a Senior Research Scientist. Previously, she worked as an Associate Director at Pew Research Center conducting surveys on international public opinion. She has a PhD in political science from the University of Michigan. Katie loves living in D.C. with her family, but her long-term goal is to retire to a beach house on the Southern California coast where she grew up.

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The data and documentation are also donated to the polling archive at the Roper Center for Public Opinion at Cornell University.