News Releases

September 17th, 2020

Smoke-choked skies put many on edge

Smoke from the worst wildfires in California’s history is providing an alarming preview of how climate change will impact our everyday lives. While the fires have forced evacuations, the dirty air is trapping many indoors, impacting mood and exposing us to toxic particles. What’s more, rainfall hitting charred areas could trigger landslides. And of course, […]

September 17th, 2020

USC professors examine the forces that influence voters

  As citizens prepare to vote in the Nov. 3 election, complex forces are at work in shaping how people cast ballots. Some of the influences are obvious, like political advertising and presidential debates, but others are hidden in cybersecurity threats, digital fakes and the peculiar nature of the human mind. USC experts examine how […]

September 16th, 2020

Small majority of voters trust Trump to handle jobs & economy, but Biden leads on all other issues

New USC Dornsife Daybreak poll reveals 59% of registered voters have an unfavorable opinion of Trump, compared to a 50% favorable rating for Biden. Voters also rank uniting the country and healing racial divisions at No. 2 among their most important issues, followed by coronavirus response. Contact: Jenesse Miller, (213) 810-8554 or or Jim […]

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September 11th, 2020

Staying afloat in a pandemic

American businesses and workers trying to weather the COVID-19 storm are facing financial and legal danger as the pandemic drags on, straining relationships between companies and employees. Supply chain ruptures have created bare shelves for retailers while layoffs are putting an unknown number of workers at risk for bankruptcy. Working from home, once an aspiration […]

September 10th, 2020

As fires rage, climate change is back on the election agenda

Contact: Jenesse Miller 213-810-8554 or This was supposed to be the year when climate change finally became a priority for U.S. voters. And then the world, and the 2020 election, was rocked by the COVID-19 pandemic. Dealing with climate change took a backseat to facing down a new existential threat. Now, as wildfires rage unchecked across California and […]

September 9th, 2020

Study: Long after 9/11, Americans still willing to pay more for counterterrorism, anti-crime security at venues

A USC study shows that Americans are more inclined to attend events at arenas and convention centers with counterterrorism or anti-crime security measures despite sacrificing convenience and privacy. Contact: Emily Gersema, or (213) 712-3168 In the 19 years that have passed since Sept. 11, 2001, Americans have seen significant increases in counterterrorism security in public venues, […]

September 3rd, 2020

Election 2020: How racial justice protests could influence the vote

Contact: Jenesse Miller 213-810-8554 or Protests have erupted in U.S. cities and towns against high-profile police killings and shootings of Black people, including George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minn. and Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wis. President Donald Trump has elevated the civil unrest as a major election issue, describing the protesters as “left-wing mobs” and […]

September 1st, 2020

Poll: Trump has lost ground since 2016 among key groups, down 11 points against Biden

The USC Dornsife Daybreak poll of voters, conducted Aug. 11 – Aug. 29, shows Biden leading Trump 52% – 41% with just 7% undecided. Biden has a strong 13-point lead in the suburbs and is tied with Trump among the subgroup of white suburbanites. Contact: Jim Key, (619) 253-1077 or or Jenesse Miller, (213) […]

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August 31st, 2020

1 in 5 Tenants in LA Has Struggled with Rent During Pandemic, Study Finds

A UCLA-USC study of census data shows thousands of L.A. renters are at risk of eviction when the California eviction moratorium expires on Tuesday, Sept. 1; tens of thousands more are in deep financial trouble.  Contact: Emily Gersema, or (213) 712-3168; Julie Labich, or (323) 219-4464 Twenty-two percent of Los Angeles County tenants paid rent late at […]

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August 21st, 2020

USC experts respond to wildfires scorching California

As wildfires rage in California, USC experts are ready to help explain the story, including damage to structures, health effects from smoke inhalation, environmental impacts, public policy and climate change.  Contacts: Gary Polakovic (323) 527-7770 or; USC Media Relations (213) 740-2215 or Ed Avol, professor of clinical medicine, Department of Preventive Medicine, Keck School of Medicine of USC. He’s […]