Immigration Surges to Number One Issue With Americans

By: Wednesday July 16, 2014 7:00 am

The media coverage of thousands of youth migrants/refugees from Central America has dramatically raised the public’s concern about immigration issues in general. The issue went from barely registering a few months ago to now being seen as the most important problem among a plurality of Americans. From Gallup: Whether a gridlocked Congress will actually manage [...]

America Ranks 36th in Feeling Free to Choose What to Do With Your Life

By: Tuesday July 1, 2014 7:49 am

Americans’ satisfaction with how free they feel to choose what to do with their lives has been dropping steadily for years, and now we rank a depressing 36th in the world. From Gallup: It is interesting that many of the first world countries where people are more satisfied with their freedom of choice are the [...]

It’s Not Just Congress: Americans Also Losing Confidence in Presidency and Supreme Court

By: Monday June 30, 2014 6:50 am

The American people have been losing confidence in all three branches of government according to a new poll by Gallup. Confidence in Congress is at a new low, but so is confidence in the Supreme Court. I find that latter number very interesting because the Supreme Court is the branch most dependent of the confidence [...]

Poll: Immigration Seen as a Good Thing We Want Less of

By: Friday June 27, 2014 7:22 am

The American people paradoxically think immigration is very good for the country yet also want less of it. According to Gallup, by a nearly two-to-one margin Americans think immigration is good for the country. From Gallup: At the same time though a plurality of 41 percent want to see the immigration reduced. From Gallup:   [...]

Obama’s Dismal Job Approval Rating on Immigration Policy

By: Friday June 20, 2014 7:06 am

When it comes to President Obama’s handling of immigration policy almost no one in the country is happy. By a greater than two-to-one margin Americans disapprove of Obama’s job performance on this issue according to Gallup. It seems in Obama’s attempt to find a middle ground he just ended up in a no man’s land [...]

Gallup: Health Care Law Still Unpopular

By: Thursday May 29, 2014 7:39 am

Now that the open enrollment period on the exchanges is over and the American people have gotten a chance to experience the Affordable Care Act the verdict is not good news for Democrats. While support is up slightly since the terrible rollout of Healthcare.gov, Gallup found a majority still disapprove of the law. The poll [...]

Americans are Becoming Less Socially Conservative

By: Wednesday May 28, 2014 7:15 am

While on average more Americans still identify as “conservative” than “liberal” on economic and social issues the margin has been steadily shrinking over the past few years. According to Gallup 34 percent of Americans identify themselves as socially conservative while 30 say they are liberal on social issues. This is the smallest gap since Gallup [...]

Uninsured Rate Drops Further

By: Monday May 5, 2014 8:30 am

The percent of Americans who say they don’t have heath insurance dropped to 13.4 percent, the lowest it has been in years. From Gallup: While the improving employment situation likely played some role in the drop, most of the recent decrease can likely be attributed to the Affordable Care Act, which was designed to increase [...]

Climate Change Skepticism Has Become a Defining Characteristic for the GOP

By: Tuesday April 22, 2014 7:59 am

Skepticism about global warming has effectively become a tribal signifier among Republicans. This is what it looks like when an issue becomes fully politicized by party. On this issue a person’s partisan leaning is now more important than age, gender, income or education when it comes to how you see the issue. From Gallup: There [...]

College Is Biggest Financial Worry for the Young While for the Old It Is Health Care

By: Monday April 21, 2014 10:48 am

By far the top financial problem for young people is paying for college, but for older people it is health care. These two have an interesting inverse relationship with age, with young people being relatively unconcerned about health care cost and seniors not facing problems paying for college. From Gallup: It is probably not surprising [...]

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