Public Thinks Their Top Problem is Their Government

By: Friday January 2, 2015 1:00 pm

The public thinks the number one problem facing the country last year was their dysfunctional government, according to Gallup. From Gallup: It is not too surprising a result, given that in the past few years we have seen almost no laws of any significance approved, a prolonged government shutdown and the threat of a default [...]


Public’s Big New Focus on Race Relations

By: Friday December 19, 2014 1:00 pm

The protests over Ferguson and the death of Eric Garner have worked. The public’s awareness and concerns about police practices, racial relations and the racial disparity in arrests has increased dramatically over the past month. It is now seen as one of the top problems facing the country. From Gallup: Increased public concern about an [...]

Making All the People Unhappy All the Time

By: Monday December 15, 2014 1:00 pm

Congress’s overall approval rating continues to remain extremely bad, but in their terribleness they have managed to achieve something that would be impressive if it wasn’t so depressing. Gallup found that disapproval with Congress is basically equal among all political groups. Regular Republicans, Democrats and Independents all have an almost identically bad opinion of Congress. [...]

We’re Not Very Good at Bombing Countries into Peace and Prosperity

By: Saturday December 13, 2014 3:00 pm

After over a decade of military involvement in Afghanistan and billion spend on trying to build it up, the nation is arguably the worst place on Earth to live and things still are deteriorating.

Little Change in Public Satisfaction with their Personal Healthcare Costs

By: Saturday December 6, 2014 3:00 pm

This chart provides some important insight into the Affordable Care Act’s continuing political problems. Since the major provisions of the law have been in effect the public’s satisfaction with their personal healthcare costs is actually down a very small amount. From Gallup: While there are definitely some people who feel tangible benefits from things like [...]

Increasing Number of Americans Are Putting Off Seeking Health Care

By: Friday November 28, 2014 8:10 am

If you really want to understand why the Affordable Care Act hasn’t gotten more popular you should look at this graph. The number of Americans who say they have put off medical treatment continues to rise even after the ACA’s coverage expansion was implemented.

Approval of Obamacare Hits a New Low

By: Monday November 17, 2014 8:17 am

Democrats should stop reflexively defending the law and start talking about bold changes to make it significantly better. Just defending it is not working.

Democrats’ Brand Sinks to Record Low

By: Thursday November 13, 2014 11:34 am

The American public’s opinion of Obama is historically bad. According to Gallup, only 36 percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of the Democratic party, the lowest it has ever been in Gallup’s surveys and the first time in three years that the Republican party has scored higher on favorability.

Gallup Continues to Show Majority Support for Marijuana Legalization

By: Friday November 7, 2014 9:18 am

There are only two explanations for the huge jump in support for marijuana legalization in their 2013 poll and the drop this year. The first is that something actually happened which caused a gyration in public opinion about the issue in a very short window. The second is that Gallup’s 2013 poll was simply an outlier. If you remove that poll we instead get a nice steady trend line. I would say the evidence strongly points to the latter.

A Week Out, Things Are Looking Bad for Democrats

By: Thursday October 30, 2014 3:01 pm

The election indicators are looking bad for Democrats. The only real solace for them is they are at least not historically bad. According to Gallup, Democrats hold only a small affiliation edge among adults, which normally translates into a big loss because the people who actually turn out to vote in a midterm election tend to be significantly more conservative than the population as a whole.

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