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Friday, October 21, 2016

What America Thinks: Winning the Nobel Prize

It’s that time of year again, and the Nobel Prize committee in Sweden has been announcing its annual winners in the sciences and the arts. First given in 1901, the Nobel Prize has since become one of the world’s most prestigious honors, although most Americans say they don’t follow news about the awards that closely.

Forty-five percent (45%) admit, however, that in their dream world, they’d rather win a Nobel Prize than a Pulitzer, an Oscar or an Emmy. But most also have said for years that politics plays a part in the awarding of Nobel Prizes and still question the Nobel Peace Prize that President Obama received in 2009.

This year’s surprise winner is Bob Dylan who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Most Baby Boomers and rock critics credit Dylan with being a major force of social change, but as recently as five years ago, just 11% of all Americans viewed the new Nobel Prize winner as the most influential songwriter in the second half of the 20th Century.