IGS in the News

Highlighting the Institute of Governmental Studies' contributions in the field of research on public policy in the media. 


May 13, 2024


IGS Co-Director and Sociology Professor Cristina Mora was interviewed for K Onda KQED, KQED's monthly newsletter focused on the Bay Area’s Latinx community. In the article, "The UC Berkeley Professor Centering the Latino Experience on Campus", writer Blanca Torres highlights the ways that Mora has drawn upon her experience as a Latina alumna of UC Berkeley to celebrate the Latino experience in higher education. To read the full article, click here.

April 25, 2024

IGS is proud to congratulate one of our 2024 Percy Fellows, Alina Zarate! Alina will be presenting her research on UFW Political Advocacy and Farmworker Justice in the 21st century alongside Dr. Christian Paiz! We are extremely proud of the work you are doing, and can't wait to see what you do next. Congratulations Alina!

September 11, 2023

The Los Angeles Times cited the Berkeley IGS Poll, revealing that 59% of California voters oppose cash payments as reparations for descendants of enslaved African Americans, while only 28% support the idea. Despite acknowledgment of the impact of slavery on Black residents, the poll indicates a challenging political landscape for Newsom, with strong opposition to cash reparations. To read more about the poll results, click here.

Despite acknowledging the ongoing impact of slavery, concerns about fairness and singling out one group contribute to the opposition. IGS Poll findings pose challenges for Governor Newsom, who signed legislation to create the California Reparations Task Force, which recommended a mix of benefits. To learn more, click here. 

September 10, 2023

Berkeley IGS Poll results cited by the San Francisco Chronicle, reveal that a majority of California voters, including Democrats, oppose cash reparations for Black residents, despite acknowledging the impact of slavery. The Reparations Task Force's recommendations, including cash payments, face skepticism, with 59% opposing. To read more about the poll results, click here

September 6, 2023

Los Angeles Times

Former President Donald Trump is on track to gain the support of California's delegates for next year's Republican convention. The Berkeley IGS poll cited by LA Times highlights the growing support Trump's campaign is accruing, and how several other presidential candidates are doing in comparison. Click here to learn more about the presidential race and the IGS poll findings. 

August 16, 2023

CBS News cites Berkeley's August 2023 IGS poll, highlighting rising concerns for lack of diversity in elected leadership positions. Californians are worried that state officials do not reflect the diversity of California's population.  To learn more about the results of the IGS poll, click here. 

June 9, 2023

New York Times

In the latest issue of the Interpreter, Amanda Taub outlines several crucial readings that help contextualize the significance of the Supreme Court's recent ruling on the Voting Rights Act. Seen as a surprising move by the conservative bench, the ruling upheld and reaffirmed one of the crucial remaining powers of the landmark act.

March 3, 2023

ABC7 Washington News

As Republicans contemplate their options for the 2024 presidential election, Berkeley's IGS poll is cited by ABC 7 Washington News discussing California republicans' views on their leading candidates. To learn more about statewide polls and the overall 2024 GOP favorite, click here

Washington Examiner

Washington Examiner article cites Berkeley IGS poll to highlight California Democratic voters' overall disapproval of both Governor Gavin Newsom and President Joe Biden running for president in 2024. To learn more about Californians' opinions of other potential Presidential candidates, click here

March 2, 2023

San Francisco Examiner

Amidst the step down and upcoming retirement of two San Francisco political legends, Nancy Pelosi and Diana Feinstein, Berkeley IGS poll is cited in discussion referring to the favorability of the second-longest serving congresswoman and the longest-serving woman senator and their respective careers.


As the Presidential primaries become an increasingly hot topic, Berkeley's IGS poll is referrenced by Politico news article in their discussion on CA Governor Newsom's capability as a Presidential candidate. To learn more about the public's perception of Newsom and his potential for Presidency, click here

March 1, 2023

ABC7 SF News

While still in the early stages of the 2024 presidential campaign, the results of the February Berkeley IGS Poll are cited by ABC7 News. The results show that there's a close race between Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and former President Donald Trump. To learn more about the candidates and DeSantis' arrival in California, click here

February 27, 2023

The Hill

Amidst the race to replace Sen. Dianne Feinstien, news article, The Hill, cites UC Berkeley's Institute of Governmental Studies Poll when exploring the potential candidates and the public perception on who will fill the soon vacant seat. To learn more about these candidates and their current projected standing, click here

February 15, 2023


KTVU inteviewed IGS Co-director Eric Schickler leading up to the announcement that Sen. Dianne Feinstein would not seek re-election. To watch the full story, and read more about the impact of her announcement and the upcoming 2024 senate race, click here.

February 13, 2023

Berkeley News

With the development of the new UC Berkeley Center, the Berkeley Economy and Society Initiative (BESI), IGS Affiliate Faculty, Paul Pierson, has been named its first director, spearheading the work to address  "critical social challenges at the intersection of politics and economics".

January 18, 2023

In the February 13th issue of The Interpreter, Amanda Taub reflects on Martin Luther King's civil rights legacy and the power of politics on social change.

January 3, 2023

Washington Post

In the midst of an historic and contentious vote for the next Speaker of the House, Washington Post interviews IGS Co-Director Eric Schickler to discuss the the history of how political alliances were formed and shaped to consolidate a party's political power around this consequential position of leadership.

To read the full article, click here

December 2, 2022

After several election cycles where polling accuracy was heavily scrutinized, Paul Mitchell writes in the Capitol Weekly that "public polling from the Institute of Governmental Studies (IGS) and Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) nailed all the ballot measure results and every statewide contest – including early predictions of the losses expected for the two gambling measures, Propositions 26 and 27" in spite of the polls being in conflict with "the so-called 'election fundamentals'.

November 10, 2022

Berkeley News

IGS Co-Director Eric Schickler was included among other top UC Berkeley political scientists interviewed by Berkeley News who contested the mainstream narrative emerging after the midterms. Despite a poor showing by Trump backed GOP candidates, "efforts by party leaders to derail Trump have failed repeatedly since he first campaigned for the presidency in 2015". “There has long been a contingent of Republicans looking for a way to get past Trump, or beyond Trump,” Schickler said.