Will Bad Policy Turn People Against Technology?

By: Thursday April 17, 2014 11:56 am

Pew Research has an interesting new poll about people’s opinions on technology and the future, but I think the question most relevant to current policy debates is how optimistic people are about technological advancement. By a margin of two-to-one Americans think technological changes will make people’s lives mostly better, yet if you look into that number you will find a large income divide.

Overwhelming Support for Legal Status for Undocumented Immigrants

By: Thursday February 27, 2014 2:35 pm

Speaker John Boehner (R) may have effectively killed any hope of immigration reform this year but support remains strong for the general principle. According to a new Pew Research poll, 73 percent of Americans think immigrants who are currently living in the country illegally should be allowed to stay, while only a quarter of the country opposes any form of legal status.

Scandal Takes Real Toll on Christie’s National Support

By: Tuesday January 21, 2014 3:35 pm

There are now several polls confirming that the bridge scandal is doing serious damage to Gov. Chris Christie’s (R-NJ) standing

The More the American People Learn, the More They Disapprove of the NSA

By: Tuesday January 21, 2014 7:54 am

The more the American people learn about the reach and power of the NSA the less supportive they have become. According to a new Pew Research poll only 40 percent of Americans approve of the government’s collection of telephone and internet data as part of anti-terrorism efforts. A majority, 53 percent, now disapprove of these actions. This is a notable reversal from July of 2013 when 50 percent approved of these tactics.

Colorado Pot Was the No. 3 News Story Last Week

By: Friday January 10, 2014 12:59 pm

How well the implementation of Colorado’s retail marijuana stores is perceived to be going over the next few months could play a huge role in shaping the debate over marijuana reform for the next decade.

The Partisan Fact Divide

By: Monday December 30, 2013 1:04 pm

I think this statistic is both fascinating and very informative about the current state of politics. Significantly fewer Republicans now believe in evolution than did in 2009. On the other hand more Democrats now believe in evolution.

Is the Growth of Social Media in Politics Driving Issues Like Marriage and Marijuana?

By: Thursday April 25, 2013 3:00 pm

It is taken for granted that technology is changing every aspect of our lives but the speed at which things are changing is remarkable. According to a new report by Pew Research, from 2008 to the 2012 the number of political activities online has exploded. It found 39 percent of American engaged in some form of political activity on a social media site in 2012. By comparison, in 2008 only 26 percent of Americans even used social media.

Americans Want Feds Out of State Marijuana Legalization

By: Thursday April 4, 2013 1:17 pm

The part of the new Pew Research poll showing majority support for marijuana that may have the biggest impact in the short term is the section that shows Americans overwhelmingly want the federal government to leave new marijuana legalization alone.

Americans Overwhelmingly Think Undocumented Immigrants Should Be Allowed to Stay

By: Thursday March 28, 2013 2:00 pm

Americans overwhelmingly think undocumented immigrants currently in this country should be given a way to legally stay. According to a Pew Research poll, an incredible 71 percent think they should be granted some form of legal status, while only 27 percent oppose allowing them to stay.

Marriage Equality Is Inevitable

By: Tuesday March 26, 2013 8:30 am

The Supreme Court is hearing arguments on same-sex marriage today, but regardless how they rule the fact is marriage equality is inevitable. The trend in support has clearly been heading in the right direct for the past decade.

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