In the latest episode of the serial podcast Understanding Congress, IGS Co-Director Eric Schickler discusses the ways in which Congress has evolved as an instiution and the possibilities for reforming it. 

October 11, 2021

The accuracy of the Berkeley IGS Poll was cited in a New York magazine's review of polling in the recent California gubernatorial recall election. Read more here.

September 21, 2021

"It was a demarcation point in American life." Nearly half of Californians say 9/11 had a lasting impact on their lives. A sizable number report feeling they have been improperly treated due to changed safety regulations, while voters under 40 are particularly wary of the federal laws adopted after the attack.

September 13, 2021

The California recall election ends on Tuesday, September 14, but its effects could linger: a new IGS Poll found that 75% of registered voters want to keep the right to remove the State's elected officials — and the support is broadly bipartisan. However, many voters also want to see the process reformed.

September 13, 2021

Increased motivation among California Democrats has widened the gap in the State's upcoming recall election: according to the latest IGS Poll, 60% of likely voters plan to vote No on removing Gov. Gavin Newsom from office. The LA Times reported extensively on the poll results.

September 10, 2021

From August 30 - September 6 the Institute of Governmental Studies will be completing another of its periodic polls of the California public about major political and public policy issues facing the state.  It is a legitimate non-partisan poll sponsored by the University that is carried out by distributing email invitations to a carefully constructed random sample of the state’s registered voters. Read more here.

August 30, 2021

A recent IGS Poll of CA voter opinions on the gubernatorial recall election, which showed that 47 percent of likely voters would vote to recall, was cited in the New York Times.

August 18, 2021

Findings from a Berkeley IGS Poll reporting likely voter preferences in California’s upcoming gubernatorial re-election is featured in POLITICO.

August 6, 2021

IGS Co-Director Eric Schickler cited in The Hill speaking on the recent Berkeley IGS Poll revealing Republicans are more likely to vote in the upcoming recall election of Gov. Gavin Newsom. “These results make plain that the big question surrounding the recall will be whether the Newsom campaign and Democratic activists are able to get Democratic voters more engaged and interested in voting in September,” said Eric Schickler, the poll’s co-director.


July 30, 2021

IGS Resident Scholar Thomas E. Mann cited by the LA Times: America needs two strong governing parties, Mann said, to keep each other in check and hold each other accountable. “One-party rule is autocratic rule,”


July 29, 2021