Obama’s job approval rating is down across almost every issue. The only issue where a majority still approve of how he is handling his job is the threat of terrorism. On that issue he is at 51 percent approval.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday July 31, 2013 2:40 pm|
Anyone expecting or even hoping that the Republican Party starts to moderate in the near future doesn’t understand the dynamics driving the party.
|By: Jon Walker Monday July 29, 2013 2:12 pm|
This dynamic is why Republicans have been so focused on abortion restriction in recent years. Unlike many other social conservative agenda items -same sex marriage, censorship of rap lyrics, and the drug war- this is the one big social conservative issue that hasn’t really lost support. It has even gained support in some regions.
|By: Jon Walker Friday July 26, 2013 11:15 am|
The American people continue to grow more concerned about the NSA the more they learn about the extent of the agency’s activities. According to a new Pew poll 56 percent believe the federal courts have failed to provide adequate limits on domestic surveillance programs. From Pew:
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday June 18, 2013 9:25 am|
Apparently, the only way to get many self-identified Democrats or Republicans concerned about government surveillance is to put their opposing party in the White House. There has been a truly shocking reversal of opinions on this issue from the Bush administration to the Obama administration. From Pew:
|By: Jon Walker Monday June 17, 2013 3:36 pm|
President Obama’s decision to step up military aid to the rebels in Syria is in dramatic opposition to the will of the electorate. According to Pew Research poll, regular Americans overwhelmingly don’t want the United States to arm the rebels. Only 20 percent support this action, while 70 percent oppose it. Opposing to arming the rebel is strong across party lines.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday June 6, 2013 5:15 pm|
This sense of inevitability is one of the strongest things going for the marriage equality movement. Even though support for same-sex marriage has only recently crossed the majority mark, politicians, individuals and organization usually don’t want to end up on the wrong side of history.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday May 21, 2013 11:15 am|
Apparently, concerns about government abuse of civil liberties depend on who is in control of the government. While Republicans and Independents disapprove of the Justice Department’s obtaining the AP phone records, a plurality of Democrats support it.
|By: Jon Walker Friday May 10, 2013 11:25 am|
No other part of our government’s bureaucracy, including our tax system and health care system, is seen as more broken than our immigration system. It is viewed as almost uniquely dysfunctional.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday April 4, 2013 10:10 am|
One of the most important changes is how people think of marijuana use on a moral level. Back in 2006, 50 percent of Americans thought smoking marijuana was morally wrong, while only 45 percent saw it as morally acceptable or simply not a moral issue. That has completely flipped.