The Point Being

The Point Being

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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.


How Americans are responding to the Coronavirus and subsequent government actions.
Mar 11 • 16 min
Chris Jackson, Mallory Newall, and Sara Machi discuss how Americans are responding to the Coronavirus and subsequent government actions. Core Political 3/11 Reuters/Ipsos Democratic Primary Tracker 3/5 Ipsos Coronavirus Poll Cliff’s Take 3/6
Results of the New Hampshire primary and their implications on the 2020 presidential election
Feb 12 • 12 min
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…
The Iowa Caucus and the State of the Union Address public opinion
Feb 6 • 16 min
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…
Reducing the effects of global climate change
Jan 30 • 15 min
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…
Hispanic American and African American priorities in the 2020 presidential election
Jan 21 • 16 min
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…
Americans are more likely to see Iran as an imminent threat
Jan 8 • 10 min
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…
Examining the second wave of our impeachment tracker with 538, along with other recent and upcoming studies.
Dec 4, 2019 • 10 min
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…
Recent releases with ABC News and FiveThirtyEight about impeachment and the fifth Democratic debate.
Nov 20, 2019 • 14 min
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…
There is new public opinion data about impeachable offenses from a new Vox/PerryUndem/Ipsos poll.
Nov 14, 2019 • 9 min
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
Outcomes of Election Day 2019 and their potential impact on the presidential election in 2020.
Nov 6, 2019 • 11 min
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
Washington Nationals’ big win last night, this week’s Core Political and attitudes toward Halloween.
Oct 31, 2019 • 9 min
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,…
The findings of a new National Geographic/Ipsos survey of American women on issues of opportunity and gender.
Oct 23, 2019 • 18 min
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
Examining the findings of a new FiveThirtyEight/Ipsos poll on the October 15th Democratic debates.
Oct 17, 2019 • 18 min
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
In light of World Mental Health Day
Oct 9, 2019 • 13 min
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…
How support for impeachment is increasing.
Oct 3, 2019 • 17 min
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,…
The Ukraine & Impeachment Proceedings
Sep 25, 2019 • 14 min
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
Americans’ Views on News Media — Biased or Not?
Sep 19, 2019 • 19 min
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…
The Electability Factor
Sep 11, 2019 • 18 min
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…
How We See Race in America
Aug 21, 2019 • 17 min
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)
Poll Numbers in America Today
Aug 16, 2019 • 8 min
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…
New Gun Policy Polling
Aug 8, 2019 • 17 min
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…
Democratic Debates – Round 2 Rundown
Aug 1, 2019 • 13 min
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:…
Space and Race
Jul 17, 2019 • 13 min
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…
Diving into the Democratic Ballot Horse Race
Jul 10, 2019 • 16 min
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…
Teeing up the Democratic Primary Debate
Jun 26, 2019 • 13 min
Just in time for the first Democratic primary debates, Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall discuss democratic priorities and the meaning of electability.
June 13, 2019
Jun 13, 2019 • 13 min
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.
May 3, 2019
May 3, 2019 • 15 min
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.
April 25, 2019
Apr 25, 2019 • 20 min
Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall discuss the Mueller Report, 2020 Democratic Primary, and Earth Day.
April 10, 2019
Apr 10, 2019 • 12 min
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.
April 3, 2019
Apr 3, 2019 • 8 min
Mallory Newall discusses this week’s political landscape and takes questions from our listeners.
March 27, 2019
Mar 27, 2019 • 10 min
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.
March 21, 2019
Mar 21, 2019 • 15 min
Ipsos’ Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall discuss how Americans perceive last year’s tax cut.
March 13, 2019
Mar 13, 2019 • 10 min
Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall discuss the latest political climate and how American perceptions of today’s politics compare to other country’s perceptions.
March 8, 2019
Mar 8, 2019 • 10 min
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.
February 27, 2019
Feb 27, 2019 • 14 min
Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall discuss this week’s political landscape as well as fascinating new polls on campaign financing and journalism.
February 21, 2019
Feb 21, 2019 • 14 min
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.
February 13, 2019
Feb 13, 2019 • 8 min
Mallory Newall is joined by a special guest this week, Nick Boyon, to discuss post State of the Union public opinion changes.
February 7, 2019
Feb 7, 2019 • 13 min
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.
January 30, 2019
Jan 30, 2019 • 12 min
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?
January 16, 2019
Jan 16, 2019 • 11 min
Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall are back with polling analysis on President Trump, Congress, and the government shutdown.
January 9, 2019
Jan 9, 2019 • 14 min
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…
December 13, 2018
Dec 13, 2018 • 13 min
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…
December 5, 2018
Dec 5, 2018 • 11 min
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.
November 15, 2018
Nov 15, 2018 • 18 min
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.
November 1, 2018
Nov 1, 2018 • 15 min
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.
October 31, 2018
Oct 31, 2018 • 13 min
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.
October 17, 2018
Oct 17, 2018 • 12 min
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.
October 11, 2018
Oct 11, 2018 • 15 min
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.
October 3, 2018
Oct 3, 2018 • 9 min
Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall discuss Trump’s current favorability and how will it influence the outcome of the 2018 midterm election.
September 19, 2018
Sep 19, 2018 • 14 min
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.
June 20, 2018
Jun 20, 2018 • 13 min
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.
April 4, 2018
Apr 4, 2018 • 13 min
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.
March 23, 2018
Mar 23, 2018 • 17 min
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.
March 14, 2018
Mar 14, 2018 • 16 min
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.
March 7, 2018
Mar 7, 2018 • 14 min
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.
March 5, 2018
Mar 5, 2018 • 26 min
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…
February 7, 2018
Feb 7, 2018 • 21 min
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.
January 31, 2018
Jan 31, 2018 • 8 min
Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall discuss Core Political numbers and a potential uptick in Trump’s approval post-SOTU.
January 10, 2018
Jan 10, 2018 • 7 min
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.
January 3, 2018
Jan 3, 2018 • 5 min
Phil Elwood, Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall delve into this week’s Reuters/Ipsos numbers and discuss Americans’ predictions for 2018.
December 20, 2017
Dec 20, 2017 • 11 min
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.
December 15, 2017
Dec 15, 2017 • 14 min
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.
November 29, 2017
Nov 29, 2017 • 9 min
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.
November 15, 2017
Nov 15, 2017 • 7 min
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.
November 1, 2017
Nov 1, 2017 • 9 min
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.
October 25, 2017
Oct 25, 2017 • 5 min
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.
October 11, 2017
Oct 11, 2017 • 10 min
Ipsos Public Affairs’ demographer Beatrice Abiero joins Phil Elwood and Mallory Newall: they explore the latest Core Political numbers and delve into millennials’ movements.
October 4, 2017
Oct 4, 2017 • 9 min
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.
September 27, 2017
Sep 27, 2017 • 8 min
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.
September 20, 2017
Sep 20, 2017 • 8 min
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.
September 13, 2017
Sep 13, 2017 • 6 min
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.
September 6, 2017
Sep 6, 2017 • 5 min
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.
August 23, 2017
Aug 23, 2017 • 8 min
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.
August 16, 2017
Aug 16, 2017 • 9 min
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.
July 26, 2017
Jul 26, 2017 • 6 min
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.
July 19, 2017
Jul 19, 2017 • 7 min
Chris Jackson and Phil Elwood explore opinions on American made goods, the latest Core Political data, and the confidence level of global consumers.
July 12, 2017
Jul 12, 2017 • 5 min
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.
July 5, 2017
Jul 5, 2017 • 4 min
This week, Chris Jackson breaks down the latest Core Political, focusing on healthcare and President Trump’s approval.
June 28, 2017
Jun 28, 2017 • 7 min
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.
June 21, 2017
Jun 21, 2017 • 6 min
Phil Elwood and Chris Jackson discuss President Trump’s decreasing approval ratings and the priorities of the American people.
May 31, 2017
May 31, 2017 • 6 min
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.
May 24, 2017
May 24, 2017 • 5 min
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.
May 17, 2017
May 17, 2017 • 7 min
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.
May 3, 2017
May 3, 2017 • 9 min
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.
April 26, 2017
Apr 26, 2017 • 5 min
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.
April 18, 2017
Apr 18, 2017 • 6 min
In a special Tax Day edition episode, Chris Jackson discusses the Ipsos/NPR US Tax Policy poll and the Core Political of the week.
April 5, 2017
Apr 5, 2017 • 5 min
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.
March 29, 2017
Mar 29, 2017 • 6 min
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.
March 22, 2017
Mar 22, 2017 • 5 min
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.
March 15, 2017
Mar 15, 2017 • 5 min
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.
March 8, 2017
Mar 8, 2017 • 6 min
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.
March 1, 2017
Mar 1, 2017 • 3 min
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.
February 22, 2017
Feb 22, 2017 • 4 min
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.
February 15, 2017
Feb 15, 2017 • 5 min
This week, Chris Jackson and Phil Elwood delve into the non-binary approval of Trump, and explore where America stands on specific topics.
February 8, 2017
Feb 8, 2017 • 3 min
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.
February 1, 2017
Feb 1, 2017 • 5 min
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.