Increasing Number of Americans Are Putting Off Seeking Health Care

By: Friday November 28, 2014 7:51 am

If you really want to understand why the Affordable Care Act hasn’t gotten more popular you should look at this graph. The number of Americans who say they have put off medical treatment continues to rise even after the ACA’s coverage expansion was implemented. From Gallup: The “Affordable” law was sold as a way to [...]

Americans’ Weird Belief Their Country Is Becoming a Lawless Hellscape

By: Monday November 24, 2014 6:49 am

One of the strangest phenomenons for me is how a clearly majority of the country still thinks crime is getting worse even though it has been on strong downward trajectory for the past two decades. From Gallup: If crime is really worse than last year and last year was worse than the year before, and [...]

Approval of Obamacare Hits a New Low

By: Monday November 17, 2014 8:04 am

President Obama’s signature health care law continues to get less popular. Approval of the law has dropped to just 37 percent in the latest Gallup poll. From Gallup: Democrats assumed the law would get popular after it was signed — it did not. They thought it would become popular after they did a public campaign [...]

Poll: The More You Pay Attention to Congress the More You Hate It

By: Tuesday September 9, 2014 6:43 am

Congress’s job approval rating remains a pathetic 14 percent in the latest Gallup poll, but an interesting finding is that the people who pay the most attention to politics have the worst impression of Congress. Among people who don’t follow politics closely, 23 percent approve of Congress but only 8 percent of people who closely [...]

Republicans Think Immigration is More Important than Democrats

By: Monday August 25, 2014 7:06 am

A plurality of Republicans think immigration is the biggest problem facing the country right now but it ranks only fourth with Democrats. From Gallup: This intensity gap goes a long way to explaining why comprehensive immigration reform failed this year and will likely fail next year, especially when combined with the basic political dynamic facing [...]

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 [...]