In our first-of-its-kind political survey inside prisons, Slate and the Marshall Venture requested respondents three open-ended questions: What do you assume is a very powerful drawback dealing with the nation immediately? How a lot does your race have an effect on your political opinions? Have your political opinions modified since being incarcerated?
Respondents informed us how they’ve relied on—and generally come to disagree with—opinions of pals or relations. One man informed us, for instance, that his mom learn him the information over FaceTime. Some stated that they had turn out to be extra political simply by advantage of getting extra time to learn the information—one wrote that he primarily bought his information from NPR’s Wait Wait Don’t Inform Me and Saturday Night time Stay’s Weekend Replace. The greater than 8,000 voices behind the statistics expressed nuanced and provocative ideas on the state of the world. (We’ve recognized a few of the respondents beneath by the candidates they help within the 2020 presidential election. This survey was distributed in December, earlier than a number of candidates dropped out.)
Listed below are a few of their solutions.
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“I stated, ‘Wait a minute, I can go residence after I’m 65 or I can die right here.’ That was eye-opening for me.”
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“I don’t see Donald Trump as being anybody’s puppet.”