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Among young, trust in social media is low, poll says

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first_imgAs debate swirls about tech companies’ responsibility to protect their users’ data and Congress questions Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg about third parties mining information about millions of site users, a new poll suggests that the romance between college-age Americans and social media may be cooling, or at least isn’t passionate.According to a national poll of 18- to 29-year-olds conducted by the Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics (IOP), their trust in an array of public institutions, along with some of the world’s best-known technology companies — Twitter, Uber, and Facebook — is low.When it came to politics, the poll also found that young people are planning to vote in far greater numbers in this fall’s midterm elections.Before news broke that the political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica misused the data of millions of Facebook users in the 2016 election, the Harvard Public Opinion Project dug into young Americans’ views of major technology companies.The poll found that Facebook, Twitter, and Uber are trusted much less than Amazon and Google. Only 26 percent of those surveyed said they trusted Facebook “all” or “most of the time,” while 27 percent and 28 percent said they trusted Twitter and Uber, respectively. Nearly a quarter of 18- to 29-year-olds (22 percent to 24 percent) said they “never” trust these companies.The young people’s mistrust of tech giants appeared targeted, with Amazon and Google still held in relatively high esteem. Overall, 45 percent indicated they trusted Amazon, and 44 percent reported they trusted Google all or most of the time. Just 14 percent said they never trusted Amazon, and 15 percent said the same about Google.In sharp contrast, college and university administrators topped the list of most trusted institutions in the survey. Overall, 61 percent of college students reported trusting their administration all or most of the time, which placed colleges and universities ahead of the U.S. military (51 percent), the Department of Justice (45 percent), the Supreme Court (43 percent), and the FBI (42 percent).As in last year’s poll, the least-trusted institutions among young adults were Congress (only 17 percent trust it all or most of the time), the media (16 percent), and Wall Street (14 percent).On the heels of the March for Our Lives, the recent national gun-control protest led by young people, it’s perhaps less surprising that the poll found that young people are increasingly engaged in politics and, significantly in advance of this fall’s midterm elections, are planning to vote in greater numbers.Overall, 37 percent of those under 30 said they will “definitely be voting,” compared with 23 percent who said the same before the last midterm election in 2014, and 31 percent in 2010.“This is the most interest we’ve seen in midterm voting in the history of our poll,” which started in 1999, said John Della Volpe, the IOP’s polling director.Young Democrats are driving nearly all of the increase in enthusiasm, the poll found. A majority (51 percent) reported that they will definitely vote in November, an increase of 9 percentage points since November, and significantly more than the 36 percent of Republicans who said the same. At this juncture in the 2014 election cycle, 28 percent of Democrats and 31 percent of Republicans indicated that they would definitely be voting.Preference for Democratic control of Congress has grown since the last poll by the IOP, which conducts such surveys twice yearly. In the fall, there was a 32-point partisan gap among the most likely young voters, 65 percent preferring Democrats to control Congress, and 33 percent favoring Republicans. Now the gap has increased to 41 points, with 69 percent supporting Democrats and 28 percent Republicans.Saying that respondents expressed “an intensity unmatched in recent times,” Della Volpe predicted that this intensity is “likely to only grow hotter as the election draws near. Young people are angry, and every incumbent in America ought to understand this.”The poll “demonstrates that young people across the country are more engaged than ever,” and the findings have “enormous implications for policymakers and for those of us who care about civic engagement and student participation,” said Mark Gearan ’78, the IOP’s new director.Despite these shifts in voter support, President Trump’s approval remained the same as in the last IOP poll: 25 percent approved of his performance, while 72 percent disapproved.Trump’s highest marks came on his handling of the economy, where a third of respondents (34 percent) approved of his efforts (‒3 since fall), ISIS (31 percent now, ‒1 since fall), and tax reform (31 percent, +2 since fall). His lowest marks came on his handling of race relations (21 percent approved, ‒1 since fall) and gun violence (24 percent approved, ‒6 since fall).His approval ratings on both North Korea and health care were at 27 percent and on climate change at 22 percent. Approval of Congressional Democrats came in at 41 percent, (‒1 since fall) and of Republicans at 24 percent (+1 since fall).This poll of 2,631 18- to 29- year-olds, which was organized with undergraduate students from the Harvard Public Opinion Project, was conducted using GfK’s probability-based online sampling methodology between March 8 and March 25. The margin of error for the poll is +/‒ 2.54 percentage points at the 95 percent confidence level.last_img read more

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NBC Doesn’t Save Sean Saves the World; Low-Rated Sean Hayes Sitcom Canned

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first_img View Comments The bad news: NBC has sent Sean Saves the World packing. The low-rated Sean Hayes sitcom vehicle (the Broadway vet is both a producer and star) has been struggling to find an audience since premiering in October 2013, recently hitting a series low of 2.6 million viewers. The Hollywood Reporter reported the network stopped production on the show, which also features Tony winner Linda Lavin, after filming only 14 of the 18 ordered episodes.The good news: series regular Megan Hilty is once again available to return to Broadway! We’ve got the roles, she’s got the time. Now who has a few million dollars? Star Filescenter_img Sean Hayeslast_img

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Star stallion Beneficial dies

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first_img The leading sire of Graded and Listed jumps winners collapsed on Saturday due to the infirmities of old age. His big-race winners include Benefficient, who was victorious in the Jewson Novices’ Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in March, three-times Grade One chase scorer Realt Dubh, 2009 RSA Chase hero Cooldine and smart staying hurdler Monksland. Star Irish stallion Beneficial has died at the age of 23. Press Associationcenter_img Sean Kinsella, of Knockhouse Stud, where Beneficial had resided since he was a six-year-old, said: “Horses like him don’t come around too often and he’ll be missed by everyone. He only covered a lot of average mares, but the quality of his stock was exceptionally good. “He had four winners alone in Ireland on Sunday, so that just shows you how good he was. “It’s a big loss to Irish racing – whether we’ve got anything close to what he was like, I’m not so sure. “He was a six-year-old when he came to us and has been a great servant. “I’m sure his legacy will live on throughout the years.” last_img read more

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Football: UW still searching for definitive starting five on offensive line

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first_imgUnofficially, the University of Wisconsin football team used at least four different offensive line combinations during Wisconsin’s 17-9 win over the University of Iowa last Saturday.The game began with the offensive line UW has started with since Sept. 24 at Michigan State University, with junior Ryan Ramczyk at left tackle, sophomore Michael Deiter at left guard, sophomore Brett Connors at center, sophomore Beau Benzschawel at right guard and sophomore Jacob Maxwell at right tackle.After two games of inconsistent line play and an inability to get the running game going, the coaching staff instilled some shakeups against Ohio State University, subbing in different personnel on several drives.Football: No. 10 Wisconsin brings back Heartland Trophy to Madison with 17-9 win over IowaIt appeared Bart Houston had been discarded, cast away for the younger, more exciting option with an eye toward the Read…Last Saturday, different combinations included placing freshman Jon Dietzen at left guard with Connors coming out, Deiter moving to center, Micah Kapoi replacing Benzschawel at right guard and David Edwards, a converted tight end, taking over for Maxwell at right tackle.UW head coach Paul Chryst said the rotation idea came about in the spring. Of course, some of the switches have been heavily impacted by health issues too. Maxwell is listed as questionable for Saturday (right shoulder).“We’ve had a lot of practice preparing for it because of the circumstances,” Chryst said. “We’re not trying to do it to invent something that doesn’t need to be there. Some of these have been when someone’s hurt. There is a philosophy of you want to try to get your best players on the field.”Deiter along with Ramczyk are the only constants on the line, which has forced the pair into managing different positions, even on back-to-back drives at times this season. Deiter said confidence is key when moving around on the line.“You just have to have the right mindsets,” Deiter said. “You gotta know the different techniques that each position requires and you have to be confident in both positions.”The sophomore right guard also said this would be slightly easier to manage if UW could establish five guys in definitive positions on the line, but not by much. He also said it’s important to keep guys who are banged-up fresh and limit their snaps to avoid further injury.Benzschawel took game time off for the first time this season last week against the Hawkeyes. He said it was strange not being in the huddle for every snap, but that his legs felt much fresher as the game went progressed.That freshness has helped the line improve, especially in the running game. Pass protection is still an area of emphasis, Benzschawel said, not only for himself, but for the unit as a whole. Benzschawel’s struggles in the pass protection game come from losing his legs as the game goes on, he said, so he welcomes the time off to make sure he’s at his best during crunch time.Football notes: Chryst unhappy with red zone efficiency, injury report, traffic precautions for SaturdayUniversity of Wisconsin football players know how much Paul Chryst loves to practice red zone scenarios for his offense. The Read…Kapoi started six games for the Badgers last season, but injuries to both of his ankles have limited him in 2016. Starting would be nice, Kapoi said, but at the end of the day, all that matters is what’s best for the team.“Obviously everybody wants to be that guy. Everybody wants to be a starter,” Kapoi said. “For us, it’s more working as a group, gelling together … At this point, I think we all are comfortable with playing whoever is next to us.”last_img read more

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