For a long time Democrats banked on the fact that once people started directly experiencing the planned benefits of the Affordable Care Act they would come to like it, but that hasn’t happened. If anything the implementation of the law seems to have just hardened the divide.
|By: Jon Walker Friday September 12, 2014 2:25 pm|
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday September 10, 2014 2:48 pm|
By far the most depressing poll of the day comes from Pew Research. It found recent news about Syria has caused many Americans to become dramatically more fearful about Islamic extremism and terrorism.
The number of people who give the government a positive rating when it comes to reducing the threat of terrorism went from 72 percent last November to just 56 percent today. That is a huge 16 point drop.
Similarly, significantly more people are now inclined to give up some liberty in the name of security.
|By: Jon Walker Friday July 18, 2014 1:42 pm|
The American people continue to be opposed to new military actions around the world after over a decade of expensive wars. Even with renewed violence in Iraq thanks to Islamic State in Iraq and Syria a clear majority in the country doesn’t think the government has a responsibility to take action.
|By: Jon Walker Monday July 14, 2014 4:10 pm|
Amazingly, American flying robots that can rain death down on almost anywhere on Earth, with very little accountability, are not popular among the people forced to live on Earth.
|By: Jon Walker Monday July 7, 2014 2:29 pm|
The bad news for Democrats heading into the midterm election is that some of the groups which tend to most strongly break in their favor are also the least politically engaged.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday April 2, 2014 10:44 am|
Overwhelmingly the country thinks we need to move from a law enforcement approach to a public health approach for dealing with illegal drugs. The poll found 67 percent think the government should be primarily focused providing treatment to people while just 26 percent think the government should mainly focus on prosecuting users.
Focusing on treatment has majority support among every age group, race, party affiliation, and education level. There is a realization we can’t arrest/jail our way out of the problem. This is not unfortunately how the federal government spends its money on drug policy.
|By: Jon Walker Friday November 8, 2013 2:05 pm|
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: