The Point Being

The Point Being

By Ipsos
A weekly podcast series by Ipsos’ U.S. Polling Team where Chris Jackson, Mallory Newall and guests discuss the latest news on American public opinion.
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Results of the New Hampshire primary and their implications on the 2020 presidential election
Chris Jackson and Sara Machi delve into the results of the New Hampshire primary and their implications on the 2020 presidential election. Core Political Ipsos/Reuters Democratic Primary Tracker Ipsos/538 Impeachment Tracker Ipsos/538 Democratic Debate Poll
12:07
February 12, 2020
The Iowa Caucus and the State of the Union Address public opinion
Despite all the recent events such as the Iowa Caucus and the State of the Union Address, Chris Jackson and Sara Machi discuss how American public opinion has stayed relatively constant. Ipsos/Reuters Core Political 2/5, SOTU Makes Trump's Re-election Strategy Clear Ipsos/Public Agenda/USA Today Hidden Common Ground Survey on Health Care Ipsos/Reuters Impeachment Poll
16:00
February 6, 2020
Reducing the effects of global climate change
Chris Jackson and Sara Machi discuss how the environment has steadily become a top issue with a majority of Americans agreeing that reducing the effects of global climate change is important, even across party lines. Core Political Impeachmnet Tracker 1/29 Ipsos/538 Impeachment Tracker USA Today Electability Poll Ipsos/Medium Intelligent Life on Other Planets Ipsos Addiction Poll Ipsos/USA Today/Public Agenda Climate Change Poll
15:54
January 30, 2020
Hispanic American and African American priorities in the 2020 presidential election
This week Chris Jackson and Sara Machi share fresh public opinion data on Hispanic American and African American priorities in the 2020 presidential election, impeachment, Iran, and the January Democratic debates. Core Political 1/15, USA Today/Ipsos Poll, ABC News/Ipsos Iran Poll, Washington Post/Ipsos National Poll of Black Voters, 538/Ipsos January Democratic Debate Poll, Vice/Ipsos Survey for the Brown & Black Forum
16:54
January 21, 2020
Americans are more likely to see Iran as an imminent threat
In light of the recent events with Iran, Chris Jackson and Sara Machi discuss how Americans are more likely to see Iran as an imminent threat compared to when tensions rose in May 2019. Core Political 1/8, Ipsos/Reuters Iran Poll, Ipsos/Reuters Perceptions of Iran May 2019, Ipsos/538 Impeachment Tracker Wave 4
10:11
January 8, 2020
Examining the second wave of our impeachment tracker with 538, along with other recent and upcoming studies.
Chris Jackson and Sara Machi examine the second wave of our impeachment tracker with 538, along with other recent and upcoming studies. Ipsos/538 Impeachment Tracker Ipsos' MetLife/U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Index Public Agenda/USA Today/Ipsos Hidden Common Ground Survey Core Political 12/4
10:03
December 4, 2019
Recent releases with ABC News and FiveThirtyEight about impeachment and the fifth Democratic debate.
Chris Jackson and Sara Machi share fresh public opinion data from recent releases with ABC News and FiveThirtyEight about impeachment and the fifth Democratic debate. Core Political 11/20 ABC News/Ipsos Impeachment Hearings Poll FiveThirtyEight/Ipsos Impeachment Tracker FiveThirtyEight/Ipsos Pre-fifth Democratic Debate Poll
14:47
November 20, 2019
There is new public opinion data about impeachable offenses from a new Vox/PerryUndem/Ipsos poll.
With the public impeachment hearings underway, Chris Jackson and Sara Machi delve into new public opinion data about impeachable offences from a new Vox/PerryUndem/Ipsos poll. Core Political 11/13, Vox/PerryUndem/Ipsos Impeachment Poll
09:33
November 14, 2019
Outcomes of Election Day 2019 and their potential impact on the presidential election in 2020.
Chris Jackson and Sara Machi discuss the outcomes of Election Day 2019 and their potential impact on the presidential election in 2020. Read more information on this week’s episode: Core Political 11/6, C-SPAN/Ipsos Election Security and Voting Poll
11:51
November 6, 2019
Washington Nationals' big win last night, this week's Core Political and attitudes toward Halloween.
Chris Jackson and Sara Machi discuss the Washington Nationals' big win last night, this week's Core Political and attitudes toward Halloween. Read more information on this week’s episode: Core Political: Impeachment Tracker 10/30, Ipsos Halloween Survey, Ipsos 2019 World Series Survey
09:52
October 31, 2019
The findings of a new National Geographic/Ipsos survey of American women on issues of opportunity and gender.
Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall share the findings of a new National Geographic/Ipsos survey of American women on issues of opportunity and gender. Read more information on this week’s episode: Ipsos World Series Poll, National Geographic/Ipsos Poll
18:05
October 23, 2019
Examining the findings of a new FiveThirtyEight/Ipsos poll on the October 15th Democratic debates.
Chris Jackson, Mallory Newall, and Sara Machi examine the findings of a new FiveThirtyEight/Ipsos poll on the October 15th Democratic debates. Read more information on this week’s episode: Core Political 10/16, 538/Ipsos Poll: October 15 Democratic Debate
18:19
October 17, 2019
In light of World Mental Health Day
In light of World Mental Health Day on Thursday, October 10, Mallory Newall and Sara Machi discuss new data from a global study on attitudes around mental health and wellbeing. Read more information on this week’s episode: Core Political 10/9, Global Advisor Mental Health Study, USA Today Vaping Poll 
13:30
October 9, 2019
How support for impeachment is increasing.
Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall discuss the findings of a recent poll with USA Today and how support for impeachment is increasing. Read more information on this week’s episode: Core Political, USA Today Impeachment, Reuters Trump/Biden/Ukraine Wave 2, USA Today Vaping
17:44
October 3, 2019
The Ukraine & Impeachment Proceedings
Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall share new public opinion research from a recent poll with Reuters on the recent situation with Ukraine and the impeachment proceedings. Read more information on this week’s episode: Trump/Biden/Ukraine survey
14:44
September 25, 2019
Americans’ Views on News Media — Biased or Not?
Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall examine the main takeaways from the September 12th debate poll with FiveThirtyEight and an Ipsos/Newsy poll on media attitudes. Read more information on this week’s episode: Core Political: September 18, 2019 538/Ipsos Poll: September 12 Democratic Debate Americans Unimpressed With Media’s Ability to Remain Unbiased in Political Reporting
19:43
September 19, 2019
The Electability Factor
This week, Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall discuss a new Ipsos/USA Today poll that focuses on how to measure electability and the impact of gender on the Democratic primary. Read more information on this week’s episode: USA Today Poll: Likely Democratic Primary Voters Believe Biden and Sanders are the Most Able to Stand Up to Trump Core Political (September 11, 2019)
18:41
September 11, 2019
How We See Race in America
Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall share fresh polling data on how Americans view race relations and racial bias. Read more information on this week’s episode: Core Political (August 21, 2019)
17:51
August 21, 2019
Poll Numbers in America Today
 Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall discuss the impact of recent events on the latest Core Political data and the approval of Congress. Read more information on this week’s episode: Reuters/Ipsos Core Political Survey: Congressional Approval Tracker (08/14/2019)
08:46
August 16, 2019
New Gun Policy Polling
This week, Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall share new polling data on gun policy following the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, as well as the impact of the second Democratic debates. Read more information on this week’s episode: Core Political (August 7, 2019) ABC News/Ipsos Poll: Democratic Debates Americans Are Divided On Who Is Responsible For Mass Shootings
17:58
August 8, 2019
Democratic Debates – Round 2 Rundown
Following the second round of Democratic presidential debates, Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall discuss their potential impact and the Mueller testimony.  Read more information on this week’s episode: Core Political (July 31, 2019) ABC News/Ipsos Poll: Mueller's Congressional Testimony
13:16
August 1, 2019
Space and Race
 Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall discuss the latest polls on space exploration and the evident partisan divide in the response to President Trump's recent tweets. Read more information on this week’s episode: Core Political (July 17, 2019) Attitude Towards Space Exploration Views of Trump’s Twitter Attack on Four Congresswomen Highly Partisan
13:42
July 17, 2019
Diving into the Democratic Ballot Horse Race
Continuing their discussion from the previous episode, Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall examine Joe Biden's weakening electability argument. They also discuss how the Democratic primary debates impacted favorability and familiarity for Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris.
16:55
July 10, 2019
Teeing up the Democratic Primary Debate
Just in time for the first Democratic primary debates, Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall discuss democratic priorities and the meaning of electability.
13:15
June 26, 2019
June 13, 2019
Back from their hiatus, Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall share fresh polling data on the Democratic primary field and the latest on President Trump’s approval ratings.
13:18
June 13, 2019
May 3, 2019
This week, our hosts Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall tackle Americans’ views on opioids, and which political party is best on the issues of the day.
15:32
May 3, 2019
April 25, 2019
Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall discuss the Mueller Report, 2020 Democratic Primary, and Earth Day.
20:57
April 25, 2019
April 10, 2019
Chris Jackson talks about this week’s Core Political data, long-term trends in presidential approval, and what it would take to shift opinions on President Trump.
12:07
April 11, 2019
April 3, 2019
Mallory Newall discusses this week’s political landscape and takes questions from our listeners.
08:15
April 3, 2019
March 27, 2019
New Mueller polling! Listen in to the latest The Point Being to hear Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall break down the impact of the report summary release.
10:28
March 27, 2019
March 21, 2019
Ipsos’ Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall discuss how Americans perceive last year’s tax cut.
15:36
March 21, 2019
March 13, 2019
Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall discuss the latest political climate and how American perceptions of today’s politics compare to other country’s perceptions.
10:43
March 13, 2019
March 8, 2019
After looking at the latest Ipsos/Reuters numbers, Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall dive into new Ipsos data on gender equality, ahead of International Women’s Day on March 8.
10:22
March 9, 2019
February 27, 2019
Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall discuss this week’s political landscape as well as fascinating new polls on campaign financing and journalism.
14:44
February 28, 2019
February 21, 2019
Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall focus on recent political scandals in the Virginia state government and the anniversary of the Parkland shooting in this week’s episode of The Point Being.
14:27
February 21, 2019
February 13, 2019
Mallory Newall is joined by a special guest this week, Nick Boyon, to discuss post State of the Union public opinion changes.
08:56
February 14, 2019
February 7, 2019
Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall discuss social media reaction to The State of the Union address and a new global poll on 2019 outlooks and predictions.
13:45
February 7, 2019
January 30, 2019
Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall roll out results from the first week of the new Democratic Primary Candidate Tracker. Who is showing strong name recognition and who is showing favorably in the early going?
12:50
January 30, 2019
January 16, 2019
Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall are back with polling analysis on President Trump, Congress, and the government shutdown.
11:31
January 16, 2019
January 9, 2019
The government may be shutdown, but Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall won’t take a day off. They’re back to examine American views on the shutdown and the related immigration and wall issues. Where do Americans stand on these issues 19 days into the closure?
14:08
January 9, 2019
December 13, 2018
What are The Perils of Perception? Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall discuss the latest Ipsos/Reuters core political data and a new poll asking Americans about their perceptions of crime, sex, and climate change in the country. Are they far off from what the real data says?
13:00
December 13, 2018
December 5, 2018
Happy December! Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall cover the latest Ipsos/Reuters core political data, plus sentiments on Amazon HQ2. And, in the wake of President George H.W. Bush’s funeral today, they revisit a poll on presidential rankings.
11:00
December 5, 2018
November 15, 2018
Listen in for Ipsos’ post-election wrap-up! Hear Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall’s thoughts on the key demographic groups in this election and whether 2018 really was a Blue Wave.
18:32
November 15, 2018
November 1, 2018
Special episode alert! Mallory Newall and special guest Janine Beekman dive into the latest NPR-Ipsos poll on sexual assault and sexual harassment, examining where Americans are at one year after the #MeToo movement took off.
15:49
November 1, 2018
October 31, 2018
Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall discuss Ipsos’ final battleground state polls before next week’s midterm elections. For more information on close races across the country, visit political-atlas.com.
13:57
October 31, 2018
October 17, 2018
On The Point Being’s milestone 50th episode, Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall discuss the Tennessee Senate race and Georgia Governor race as the 2018 Midterm Election approaches, plus the latest Ipsos/Reuters core political numbers.
12:16
October 17, 2018
October 11, 2018
Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall discuss a year’s perspective on the #MeToo movement, Justice Kavanaugh’s confirmation, and current American opinion on the political sphere.
15:01
October 11, 2018
October 3, 2018
Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall discuss Trump’s current favorability and how will it influence the outcome of the 2018 midterm election.
09:37
October 3, 2018
September 19, 2018
Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall return to talk about the midterm elections. Join them for a deep dive into 5 battleground state polls and to learn more about the Ipsos/UVA Center for Politics Political Atlas.
14:55
September 19, 2018
June 20, 2018
Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall are back! They discuss the latest core political numbers, as well as recent polls on NAFTA and Americans’ views toward celebrity candidates.
13:16
June 20, 2018
April 4, 2018
In the wake of a fluctuating stock market, President Trump’s approval rating holds steady at 39%. Healthcare is the top concern among Democrats and Independents, whereas terrorism tops the list among Republicans.
13:33
April 4, 2018
March 23, 2018
Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall, along with special guests Dr. Janine Beekman and Sarah Saxton, unpack all of Ipsos’ recent polls on guns, including USA Today polling among 13-24 year olds.
17:36
March 23, 2018
March 14, 2018
Chris Jackson, Mallory Newall, and special guest Dr. Katie Ziemer discuss new Ipsos research on health care and the patient experience, plus the latest core political numbers.
16:41
March 14, 2018
March 7, 2018
Jared Kushner takes the lead in Ipsos’ Wh’Exit poll. Mallory and Chris discuss International Women’s Day and American perceptions of most pressing issues for women.
14:07
March 8, 2018
March 5, 2018
Chris Jackson, Mallory Newall and special guest Dr. Janine Beekman dive into Ipsos’ recent polls with NPR on workplace sexual harassment and gun violence, including how Americans’ views on gun violence prevention have changed after the Parkland FL shooting.
26:45
March 5, 2018
February 7, 2018
Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall with special guests Dr. Beatrice Abiero and Phil Jackson discuss Core Political numbers as well as an in-depth analysis of a new Ipsos/NPR poll around American attitudes toward immigration.
21:46
February 8, 2018
January 31, 2018
Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall discuss Core Political numbers and a potential uptick in Trump’s approval post-SOTU.
08:06
January 31, 2018
January 10, 2018
Trump’s approval ratings bump is holding steady, Congressional approval is still low, and Americans think that Jeff Sessions will be the next person to leave the Trump administration. Chris discussed predictions for 2018.
07:18
January 10, 2018
January 3, 2018
Phil Elwood, Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall delve into this week’s Reuters/Ipsos numbers and discuss Americans’ predictions for 2018.
05:55
January 3, 2018
December 20, 2017
This week, Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall look at the Core Political numbers from 2017, exploring Trump’s approval and what’s changed since he took office.
11:12
December 20, 2017
December 15, 2017
Recorded on December 13, 2017: Chris Jackson, Phil Elwood and Janine Beekman are joined by Megan Wilson of The Hill to discuss the latest political and sexual harassment polls.
14:46
December 15, 2017
November 29, 2017
Phil Elwood, Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall break down this week’s Core Political numbers, congressional approval polls and what Americans discussed over the Thanksgiving holiday.
09:54
November 30, 2017
November 15, 2017
Mallory Newall and Phil Elwood break down the latest Reuters/Ipsos polls. Diving into tax reform, they explore what parts of the recently proposed tax plan Americans support and how this could affect the plan.
07:17
November 15, 2017
November 1, 2017
Phil Elwood, Mallory Newall and Chris Jackson break down the Core Political and the recent #MeToo data: they discuss Obamacare, tax policy, the 2018 Midterms, and the impact of the #MeToo movement on the media and entertainment industries.
09:41
November 1, 2017
October 25, 2017
Mallory Newall and Erin Morris break down the Reuters/Ipsos Core Political: focusing on Trump’s approval, they explore what’s bringing down his approval and what approval attributes he’s struggling with the most.
05:19
October 25, 2017
October 11, 2017
Ipsos Public Affairs’ demographer Beatrice Abiero joins Phil Elwood and Mallory Newall: they explore the latest Core Political numbers and delve into millennials’ movements.
10:28
October 11, 2017
October 4, 2017
Phil Elwood and Chris Jackson have a discussion with Janine Beekman on this week’s Core Political and how the Dickey Amendment prevents major research on guns by the federal government.
09:59
October 5, 2017
September 27, 2017
Mallory Newall joins Phil Elwood and Chris Jackson to cover the vital data points from this week’s Reuters/Ipsos Core Political and dive into Ipsos’ latest NFL poll.
08:07
September 28, 2017
September 20, 2017
Chris Jackson and Phil Elwood discuss the latest Core Political numbers, President Trump’s foreign policy approval along with the NPR/Ipsos North Korean poll, and Ipsos’ latest release with the Gates Foundation on global perceptions of developmental aid.
08:38
September 21, 2017
September 13, 2017
Chris Jackson and Phil Elwood explore the numbers after Trump’s approval bump during the hurricanes. Read more on this topic in Ipsos’ WH-Exit feature, which was published in The Hill on September 13, 2017.
06:52
September 14, 2017
September 6, 2017
Chris Jackson and Phil Elwood cover the Core Political and Ipsos’ latest poll, the WH-Exit. In this poll, Americans weigh in on who they think the next White House or Executive Branch employee will resign or be terminated.
05:55
September 7, 2017
August 23, 2017
Chris Jackson and Phil Elwood explore Republicans’ drop of confidence in the country this week. They also delve into the latest Reuters/Ipsos data on Charlottesville, Confederate monuments and race.
08:26
August 24, 2017
August 16, 2017
Chris Jackson and Phil Elwood explain how the polls were affected by Charlottesville and North Korean nuclear threats. They also dive into the Consumer Confidence Index and Ipsos’ Game of Thrones Death Poll.
09:33
August 17, 2017
July 26, 2017
Chris Jackson and Phil Elwood delve into the Reuters/Ipsos Core Political, focusing on healthcare and Congressional approval. They also cover Ipsos’ latest poll on Game of Thrones, exploring who Americans think will be the next to die.
06:15
July 27, 2017
July 19, 2017
Chris Jackson and Phil Elwood explore opinions on American made goods, the latest Core Political data, and the confidence level of global consumers.
07:56
July 20, 2017
July 12, 2017
Chris Jackson and Phil Elwood discuss this week’s Core Political numbers, as well as the latest polls on net neutrality and Game of Thrones.
05:45
July 13, 2017
July 5, 2017
This week, Chris Jackson breaks down the latest Core Political, focusing on healthcare and President Trump’s approval.
04:55
July 5, 2017
June 28, 2017
Chris Jackson and Phil Elwood explore the latest Core Political numbers as well as public perceptions of America’s greatness. Despite a strong campaign promise from the administration to ‘Make America Great Again,’ few agree on what that means.
07:46
June 28, 2017
June 21, 2017
Phil Elwood and Chris Jackson discuss President Trump’s decreasing approval ratings and the priorities of the American people.
06:56
June 21, 2017
May 31, 2017
Chris Jackson breaks down this week’s Core Political, covering everything from healthcare reform to America’s main problems to President Trump’s approval. Diving into Congressional approval, it’s clear Trump is not the least popular person in Washington.
06:15
May 31, 2017
May 24, 2017
Chris Jackson and Phil Elwood break down this week’s Core Political, focusing on President Trump’s foreign policy. They explore Trump’s dropping approval and its impact on his electoral victory probability.
05:57
May 24, 2017
May 17, 2017
Chris Jackson explores President Trump’s latest scandals and their increasing impact on his approval numbers. Chris also delves into the latest Ipsos/Reuters release on the firing of FBI Director James Comey.
07:00
May 17, 2017
May 3, 2017
Chris Jackson explores current public opinion on President Trump and the main issues facing Americans today. Chris also covered Ipsos’ latest Global Trends release, focusing on materialism, as well as a brief discussion of the French election.
09:05
May 3, 2017
April 26, 2017
Chris Jackson dives into the numbers as President Trump’s first 100 days draws near: Trump’s lowest approval rating since taking office, his struggle to pass legislation like his recently released tax plan, as well as Ipsos’ latest NPR poll on taxes.
05:49
April 26, 2017
April 18, 2017
In a special Tax Day edition episode, Chris Jackson discusses the Ipsos/NPR US Tax Policy poll and the Core Political of the week.
06:54
April 18, 2017
April 5, 2017
Chris Jackson and Erin Morris discuss trends that emerged since President Trump’s inauguration. Healthcare has become Americans‘ top issue, while Trump’s administration begins to focus on the US tax policy — an area Trump has consistently polled low.
05:23
April 5, 2017
March 29, 2017
Julia Clark joins Chris Jackson and Phil Elwood to discuss Trump’s dipping support overall after the collapse of the Republican Obamacare alternative. Despite this fall, Trump’s numbers on jobs and the economy remain strong.
06:58
March 29, 2017
March 22, 2017
Chris Jackson and Phil Elwood explore congressional approval: with the Republican’s latest healthcare plan on the Congressional floor this week, Ipsos polled Americans on whether they approve of their own congressperson and Congress as a whole.
05:13
March 22, 2017
March 15, 2017
Chris Jackson and Phil Elwood focus on the impact of the latest healthcare bill. After a week of high approval following his speech to Congress, President Trump’s approval dipped again as he faces an uphill battle in Congress on the new bill.
05:31
March 15, 2017
March 8, 2017
With this week’s Core Political number, Chris Jackson and Phil Elwood discuss Donald Trump’s perceived ‘truthiness’, perceptions of benefitting from the presidency and other government jobs, and how ideology continues to fall cleanly along party lines.
06:45
March 8, 2017
March 1, 2017
Chris Jackson is joined by Eliza Brashares this week. As Trump’s approval numbers remained unchanged, Chris and Eliza discussed this consistency and what could drive a change in the numbers.
03:07
March 1, 2017
February 22, 2017
This week, Chris Jackson and Phil Elwood explore Trump’s latest dip in the polls. Ipsos’ latest numbers shows that Independents are less likely to approve of Trump and more likely to see the country as being on the wrong track.
04:53
February 22, 2017
February 15, 2017
This week, Chris Jackson and Phil Elwood delve into the non-binary approval of Trump, and explore where America stands on specific topics.
05:48
February 15, 2017
February 8, 2017
In this week’s podcast series, Ipsos’ U.S. Polling Team, Chris Jackson and Phil Elwood discuss the latest Core Political ratings, reactions to policy changes, and how President Trump’s ratings compare to Obama’s during the same period.
03:48
February 8, 2017
February 1, 2017
In the first of a new podcast series by Ipsos’ U.S. Polling Team, Chris Jackson and Phil Elwood discuss this week’s Core Political numbers: public opinion is evenly split down party lines, with equal numbers approving and disapproving of Trump’s job.
05:23
February 1, 2017