Public Doesn’t Think There Is a Responsibility to Intervene in Iraq

By: 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.


Most of the World Doesn’t Like Our Unaccountable Flying Death Robots

By: 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.

Young and Hispanic Tend To Be Most Politically Disengaged

By: 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.

Pew Poll: Americans Have Turned Against Tactics and Logic of the Drug War

By: 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.

Obama’s Job Approval Rating Continues to Slip

By: 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.

Republican Base Wants Their Party to Become Even More Conservative

By: 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.

Nationally Support for Abortion Rights Remains Stable but Regional Divide Grows

By: 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.

Majority Think Judicial Checks on the NSA Are Insufficient

By: 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:

Partisans Are Only Concerned About Government Surveillance When the Other Side is in Charge

By: 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:

Americans Overwhelmingly Oppose Getting Involved in Syria

By: 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.

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