Study finds Clinton underperformed Obama among most demographic groups

first_imgEmail Share Pinterest Share on Twitter Share on Facebookcenter_img LinkedIn Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton underperformed relative to Barack Obama in 2012 among most demographic groups, according to new research published in the Journal of Political Marketing.“People have long been interested in how different demographic groups vote in elections. The role of demographics in 2016 received a lot of attention from the campaigns, media outlets, etc,” said study author Aaron C. Weinschenk of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.“In part, I think the fascination stemmed from the fact that the electorate in 2016 was the most diverse U.S. electorate in history and many people thought this would be good news for Democrats. I wanted to gather some data and examine the importance of demographics (and changes in demographics) in shaping the 2016 presidential election. How did different groups vote? Were there shifts in the voting patterns of different demographic groups from 2012 to 2016?” For his study, Weinschenk analyzed pre-election tracking polls, exit poll data, and state-level variables to better understand role of demographics in shaping vote choice.“There are a number of important findings that emerged from my study. First, I found (using exit poll data) that in 2016 Hillary Clinton underperformed Barack Obama (in 2012) in 83% of the 35 demographic groups I examined,” he explained. ”Clinton did significantly worse than Obama among Catholics, men, Hispanic/Latino women, union households, 25–29 year olds, Latinos, 18–24 year olds, Asian Americans, African Americans, and several other demographic groups. Clinton only outperformed Obama among white women, those who identify as LGBT, people over 65, Republicans, those who report being Jewish, and those making more than $50,000.“Second, I found (using state-level data) that the percentage of whites with low levels of education and the size of the rural population had large effects on vote choice. Clinton did poorly (and Trump did well) in places with low levels of education and in places with large rural populations,” Weinschenk told PsyPost. “Interestingly, I found that both of these variables were more strongly correlated with Democratic vote share in 2016 than in 2012. In other words, education and the rural/urban divide became more important over time — at least in presidential contests.” The study also failed to find evidence that changes in overall voter turnout rates had a substantial impact on Clinton’s performance.“Understanding how different demographic groups connect to candidates and political parties is of obvious importance — if candidates and parties know which groups tend to like and dislike them, they can develop campaign strategies that are aimed at mobilizing supporters and persuading those who might not initially be predisposed to vote for them,” Weinschenk said. “Mobilization and persuasion are, of course, two of the primary functions of political campaigns. Knowing who to focus those efforts on is critical.”The findings help explain the 2016 election. But there are still several areas for future research. For example, it is unclear what role demographic factors will play in upcoming elections.“I think it’s important that we continue to study the role of demographics in different types of elections. My study focused on presidential elections, but it would be interesting to see how the patterns that emerged in 2016 play out in the 2018 midterms (and in upcoming presidential elections),” Weinschenk explained.“Will education continue to be an important demographic factor that shapes how people vote? There was a time in American politics when there wasn’t a strong divide in how people of different levels of education voted. Why was there such a divide in 2016 compared to previous elections and will it continue?” “I also think that historical comparisons are important. My study primarily compared the 2012 and 2016 presidential elections, but it would be really neat to take a long-term approach. By doing that, we might be able to see when particular demographic groups started aligning with (or abandoning) certain political parties,” Weinschenk added.“We already have some sense of why particular groups like or don’t like certain parties, but I think we could get an even more nuanced picture. By taking a long term approach, we could likely get a sense of what sorts of factors lead groups to align with or leave particular parties (e.g., changing party platforms, attention to certain issues of importance to a given group, historical events, etc.).”The study was titled: “That’s Why the Lady Lost to the Trump: Demographics and the 2016 Presidential Election“.last_img read more

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NEWS SCAN: Adjuvanted anthrax vaccine, contaminated cell phones, zoonotic disease team, dengue tracking, cholera predictions

first_imgJun 1, 2011Adjuvanted anthrax vaccine shows promise in clinical trialA phase 1 trial in healthy adults found that an adjuvanted anthrax vaccine enhanced and accelerated the immune response compared with the vaccine without the booster. The vaccine used in the study was Emergent BioSolutions’ BioThrax (anthrax vaccine adsorbed), which is the only anthrax vaccine countermeasure approved for the US stockpile. The booster used in the study is a CpG DNA adjuvant. The 69 study subjects received three doses of the adjuvanted vaccine, the adjuvant alone, or the vaccine by itself. Researchers monitored protective antibody and anthrax toxin-neutralizing antibodies for 56 days and safety for 6 months. The adjuvanted vaccine increased antibody response six- to eightfold and speeded response by 3 weeks. No adverse events were reported, and the adjuvanted vaccine seemed well tolerated. Researchers concluded that the adjuvanted vaccine might shorten the immunization course and shorten the time to protection, which they say could be useful for postexposure prophylaxis.May 30 Vaccine abstractStudy: 40% of cell phones from hospital patients, visitors harbor pathogensPatients’ and their visitors’ cell phones were twice as likely to harbor pathogens as were phones of healthcare workers (HCWs), according to a study published in the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC). Researchers from Inonu University in Malatya, Turkey, collected swab samples from the keypads, microphones, and ear pieces of 200 cell phones at their medical center. A third of the phones belonged to HCWs, while the rest belonged to patients and their visitors. The researchers found that 39.6% of patients’ and visitors’ phones tested positive for pathogens, compared with 20.6% of HCWs’ phones. In addition, seven patients’ phones contained multidrug-resistant (MDR) pathogens such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, while no HCW phones tested positive for MDR pathogens. In a press release from the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), which publishes AJIC, the authors state, “Our findings suggest that mobile phones of patients, patients’ companions, and visitors represent higher risk for nosocomial pathogen colonization than those of HCWs. Specific infection control measures may be required for this threat.”June AJIC abstractMay 31 APIC press releaseFAO, Planck Institute form zoonotic disease partnershipThe United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Germany’s Max Planck Institute signed an agreement on May 30 to form a partnership to study zoonotic diseases. One of the main goals is to determine what settings pose the greatest threats for disease transmission among humans, livestock, and wild animals, the FAO said in a press release. The partnership also commits the two groups to helping countries balance their natural resources and biodiversity with the need to expand agricultural production. Ann Tutwiler, the FAO’s deputy director-general, said in the statement, “Disease dynamics can no longer be considered in isolation within the livestock sector but must be placed into a broader context of sustainable agriculture, socio-economic development, environment protection and sustainability.”May 30 FAO press releaseTeam unveils Google dengue trends toolA team from Children’s Hospital Boston and Google have developed an experimental Web-based dengue infection tracking tool designed to help public health officials more quickly detect and monitor outbreaks. They published a description of the new Google dengue trends tool in Public Library of Science (PLoS) Neglected Tropical Diseases. The tool, similar to Google flu trends, uses search trends to pinpoint areas of increased dengue activity. The researchers have included Bolivia, Brazil, India, Indonesia, and Singapore in the new tool, because the countries have large bases of Internet users and surveillance systems that can be used to assess Google dengue trends. In a May 30 blog post, Google said the dengue project got its start when the company was building Google Correlate, a new tool that it launched last week that allows researchers to model real-world behavior using search trends. “Singapore has an impressively timely surveillance system for dengue, but in many countries it can take weeks or months for dengue case data to be collected, analyzed, and made available,” the company said, adding that the developers began discussing the need for such a tool during a dengue outbreak at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India, last October.Google dengue trendsMay 31 Children’s Hospital Boston press releaseMay 31 PLoS Negl Trop Dis reportMay 30 Google blog postWeather tool may herald cholera outbreaksRainfall and temperature increases can be used to predict cholera outbreak in areas where the disease is endemic, according to South Korean researchers. After analyzing several years of disease and weather data from Zanzibar, Tanzania, they found that a 1-degree-Celsius rise signaled that cholera cases would likely double within 4 months. They also found that a 200-millimeter increase in monthly rainfall suggested that the number of new cholera cases would rise at a slightly lower but still significant number over the next 2 months. Aside from analyzing the weather and disease patterns, they used a statistical model that has been used to study other infectious disease trends to retrospectively predict the area’s cholera burden between 2003 and 2008. Their predicted levels closely matched the surveillance reports. Mohammad Ali, PhD, a senior scientist at the International Vaccine Institute in Seoul, said in a EurekAlert press release that the tool could be useful, because once an outbreak begins, it’s too late to blunt the impact with vaccines and other measures. “If we wait for clinical signs of the disease to emerge, that means a large portion of the population is already carrying the cholera bacteria; they just are not yet exhibiting clinical symptoms,” he said.May 31 EurekAlert press releaseJune Am J Trop Med Hyg abstractlast_img read more

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Product Marketing Manager – Dorman Products

first_imgDevelop, launch and manage Marketing activities – including plans for key existing product lines, key channel partners and new product launch activities, product messaging, marketing programs, marketing materials creation, communication activities, and training of the Sales team and our channel partners’ sales teams. Must have the ability to write, a knowledge of digital marketing and marketing analytics.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned. Principal Responsibilities 1. Develop annual marketing plans for key product lines that drive awareness and/or a competitive advantage for our products. 2. Develop annual marketing plans for key channel partners. 3. Develop launch plans for new products and releases and manage the cross-functional implementation of the plan. 4. Develop annual fieldwork plan to gain market intelligence – understand our buyers thru the entire distribution channel, how they buy, their buying criteria, challenges & opportunities; understand our competition and how to overcome them. 5. Work collaboratively with the Product Management team to provide market insight to the product strategy, and develop product positioning and messaging that differentiates our products in the market. 6. Develop mechanisms to measure the effectiveness of marketing tools and programs, then adjust to maximize their performance. 7. Communicate the value proposition of our products to the sales team and develop the sales tools that support the selling process of our products. 8. Facilitate the efforts & focus of our sales force and our channel partners’ sales teams. 9. Work collaboratively with the Marketing Services Team in the development of retail packaging and graphic design of product and corporate collateral. 10 .Work collaboratively with the Product Data Services Team to optimize industry and customer e-catalog systems. 11. Make every effort to keep any project that is aimed at improving sales and/or relationships with our channel partners moving ahead quickly with the utmost of quality and urgency. 12. Perform other duties as directed by the Director of Product Marketing and the V.P. of Marketing.Advertisement Secondary Responsibilities 1. Travel as required (up to 20%) to understand the market, meet with channel partners, attend trade shows and seminars.  Occasional weekend responsibility. 2. Excellent people and management skills to interact with colleagues, cross-functional teams, and third parties (i.e., channel partners). Supervisory Responsibilities Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities may include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems. Qualifications To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Education and/or Experience • B.S./B.A. Degree in Business related field, Marketing preferred, or equivalent work experience.   • Minimum 5 years experience. • A mix of the following experiences is preferred: Product Marketing, Marketing, Product Management. • Excellent understanding of Microsoft Office software. Language Skills Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community.  Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format.  Ability to effectively present information to top management, channel partners, public groups, and/or boards of directors.Advertisement Mathematical Skills Ability to apply business mathematical concepts such as sales mixes, % change, gross margins, return on investment.  Ability to design tests, interpret results and apply to future programs and tests. Reasoning Ability Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to counsel, digest information, take calculated risks, adjust based on feedback/performance. Certificates, Licenses, Registrations None Physical Demands The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear.  The employee frequently is required to stand and walk.  The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, and ability to adjust focus. Work Environment The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.Advertisement The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Interested applicants can submit a resume and cover letter to Dorman by clicking the Apply Now button below.last_img read more

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first_imgStay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Subscribe now for unlimited access Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our communitylast_img read more

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My favourites … Andrew Hanson

first_imgTo continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Subscribe now for unlimited access Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletterslast_img read more

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Man who survived Las Vegas shooting killed in hit-and-run, wife says

first_imgMan who survived Las Vegas shooting killed in hit-and-run, wife says Nearly seven weeks later, she’s facing another tragedy.“I don’t understand why he wasn’t taken at the shooting, but a month later he was taken this way,” McClellan’s widow, Denise, told CNN affilliate KSNV. “I hope my husband found peace and he’s safe now.”The shooting “was really messing” with McClellan’s head and “he was going to therapy,” she told the affiliate.Authorities found the car involved in the crash and charges against the driver are pending, KSNV reported.McClellan is not the only survivor of the Las Vegas massacre who has died in the past weeks.Dennis Carver, 52, and his wife, Lorraine, 53, died in a car crash on October less than a mile from their home in Riverside, California.The couple were killed when their Mercedes smashed into a metal gate and brick pillars outside their community.A massive fire erupted after the wreck, the California Highway Patrol said. It took firefighters nearly an hour to contain the blaze.The couple’s youngest daughter, Madison Carver, said she heard the crash from her bedroom. When she ran outside and down the street to find out what had happened, she recognized her family’s vehicle in flames. Published: November 26, 2017 4:46 PM EST (CNN) A man who survived the Las Vegas massacre in October died several weeks later in a hit-and-run in southern Nevada.Roy McClellan, 52, was killed Nov. 17 when he was hit by a car in Pahrump, about 60 miles west of Las Vegas.He was walking on the roadway when he got hit by a Chevrolet Camaro that fled the scene, according to the Nevada Highway Patrol.McClellan and his wife made it out safely when a gunman opened fire at the Route 91 Harvest music festival on October 1, killing 58 people, his widow said.The attack is the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.center_img Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. SHARElast_img read more

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Slater and Gordon: no offer yet put to Quindell

first_imgIn the latest twist to the first attempted acquisition manoeuvres between stock exchange-listed law firms, Australian firm Slater and Gordon has given a lukewarm response to Quindell’s statement on sale talks.The UK company released a statement to the London Stock Exchange yesterday saying it had extended the exclusivity period for the possible disposal of its professional services division. Talks can now continue until the end of March.Quindell said the terms discussed would ‘imply a significant premium to the company’s market capitalisation’.The Quindell statement noted there was ‘no certainty’ the discussions would lead to an offer or disposal of the division.That update was expanded upon by a statement to the Australian stock exchange overnight from Slater and Gordon.The potential buyer stated that no offer has been put to Quindell and no certainty that an offer will be put that will be ‘attractive’ to the UK firm. It also noted that Slater and Gordon is completing due diligence on a portfolio of Quindell personal injury litigation case files with rights to take a transfer over the coming months.Yesterday’s announcement saw a 25% increase in the Quindell share price value to end the day at 96p per share. Since the Slater and Gordon update, the share value has dropped by 4.7% to 91.5p.Quindell’s professional services division includes its insurance claims and medical and repair services, with the other division being for ‘digital solutions’ including providing black boxes for motor insurers.last_img read more

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ÖBB to be restructured

first_imgAUSTRIAN Federal Railways is to be restructured next year into a state-owned holding company and five independent subsidiaries, under proposals announced by the government on October 2. Separate business units will be created to manage passenger services, freight, infrastructure construction, network operation and maintenance, and personnel.Two days earlier Finance Minister Karl-Heinz Grasser and Infrastructure & Transport Minister Hubert Gorbach announced that they had reached agreement over the treatment of the railway’s debts. The state will take over around €6bn of ÖBB’s €10bn historic debt. Annual subsidies of around €4·4bn a year, which account for almost 7% of the state budget, will be cut by €1bn a year between now and 2010. ÖBB will get an operating subsidy of around €2bn, and will have to borrow €800m a year to fund its capital investment, although this will be underwritten by the government.last_img read more

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57 packets of the cocaine found in actor’s belly

first_img Sharing is caring! Share 247 Views   no discussions Share Tweetcenter_img NewsRegional 57 packets of the cocaine found in actor’s belly by: THE STAR – November 28, 2014 Share The shroud of mystery surrounding the death of veteran roots play actor Cleve ‘Chu Chu’ Warren has been removed, after THE STAR was reliably informed that the actor died of complications from cocaine that was found in his stomach.Last Friday, THE STAR reported that the 46-year-old actor died while undergoing treatment for an ‘undetermined illness’ at the St Ann’s Bay Hospital.Information reaching THE STAR states, however, that 57 packets of cocaine were found and removed from the actor’s stomach, during an autopsy that was performed on his body yesterday morning.According to reports, one of the packets had burst inside the actor.A relative told THE STAR that the actor died hours before he was scheduled to leave the island for New York and later to the United Kingdom where his mother resides.Cleve ‘Chu Chu’Warren during a performancecomplete disbeliefThe relative, who was also present while the autopsy was being conducted, told THE STAR that the family was shocked at what was revealed.“The family was in shock, in complete disbelief when they saw the cocaine. They didn’t know he was into that, they are so embarrassed.”The relative also revealed that the actor had allegedly planned for his death, stating that the day before he passed away he had gone to a popular St Ann’s Bay-based funeral parlour and selected the casket he would like to be buried in.“When he died, the funeral home contacted us and said that Chu Chu had come in and choose his casket and told them that he wanted that parlour to take care of his body if he should die.”The relative also told THE STAR that there is currently discontent among the actor’s lovers and parents about the location his body should be laid to rest.“He was married to a woman overseas but she died sometime last year, so now the mother, matey and wifey are fighting over the body. Some want him to be buried in St Ann’s Bay, where he lived, and some want him to be buried in Port Morant, St Thomas, where he was originally from.”THE STAR asked the relative why they were willing to divulge this personal information, and the relative stated, “I want this to be a warning to all those who are making their honest money and choose to divert because of greed.”The St Ann’s Bay police were contacted and they confirmed that the illegal drug was indeed found in the late actor’s stomach.Warren boasted over 20 years onstage and gained popularity after playing a feisty yet likeable woman called ‘Chu Chu’ in the roots play Passa Passa.last_img read more

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FDA clarifies: Lianhua Qingwen to be used vs fever, not COVID

first_imgLianhua Qingwen capsules or granules are used in 284 patients with mild and moderate COVID-19 symptoms at 23 hospitals across nine provinces in China. CGTN MANILA – Traditional Chinese medicine called Lianhua Qingwen was not approved as a coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) medicine, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clarified. “Lianhua Qingwen capsule was a traditionally used herbal product [that] helps remove heat-toxin invasion of the lungs, including symptoms such as fever, aversion to cold, muscle soreness, stuffy and runny nose,” FDA’s certificate stated. Lianhua Qingwen produced by Shijiazhuang Yiling Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd., is also approved in Hong Kong, Macao SAR, Brazil, Indonesia, Canada, Mozambique, Romania, Thailand, Ecuador, Singapore, and Laos PDR./PN The herb product is used to manage mild and moderate COVID-19 cases in China. The drug was also recommended by the team of Chinese doctors that visited the Philippines to share their best experiences in managing the disease months ago.center_img “It is our sincere hope that its entrance into the Philippine market will contribute to the fight against the spread of COVID-19 in this country and help the patients with mild and moderate symptoms recover,” the Chinese Embassy said in its statement. FDA Director General Eric Domingo said in an interview with CNN Philippines that Lianhua Qingwen should only be used as indicated in the Certificate of Product Registration. Despite Domingo’s clarification on Lianhua Qingwen’s use, the Chinese Embassy has thanked the FDA for giving the Chinese medicine the greenlight to be sold in the local market.last_img read more

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