Two-Thirds Dissatisfied With Our System of Government

By: Thursday January 23, 2014 6:59 am

The number of Americans dissatisfied with our system of government has risen to a new high as shown in Gallup’s polling. Now 65 percent of Americans are dissatisfied with how are system of government works. This is an incredible change from just 12 years ago with only 23 percent were dissatisfied back in 2002. From [...]

Obama’s Fifth Year Job Approval Rating Nearly Identical to Bush

By: Wednesday January 22, 2014 1:15 pm

Last year President Obama’s average job approval rating was only 45.8 percent. This year it is nearly identical to George W. Bush’s rating at the same time in his presidency. From Gallup: This should be a concern for Democrats given how low Bush’s rating dropped by the midterms in his sixth year and when he [...]

Two-Thirds of Americans Dissatisfied With Current Income Inequality

By: Monday January 20, 2014 11:12 am

Almost all the income growth in the past few years has gone to the top 1 percent and the American people aren’t happy about it. According to Gallup 67 percent of Americans are dissatisfied with how wealth and income are distributed in the country. From Gallup: Since a majority of members of Congress are now [...]

Americans See Our Broken Government as Our Most Important Problem

By: Wednesday January 15, 2014 7:10 am

Once again Americans see our broken government as the most important problem facing our country. It soared to the top of the list starting with the government shutdown and has remained there ever since. From Gallup: Government dysfunction is seen as the top problem by Republicans, Democrats and Independents. At some point the country needs [...]

Affordable Care Act is Now in Effect but Still Unpopular

By: Monday January 13, 2014 11:24 am

The healthcare.gov website has improved significantly and starting at the beginning of this year millions of Americans got new insurance coverage thanks to the Affordable Care Act. The law has finally gone from being a theoretical to a real program delivering real change. This important policy transition though hasn’t caused a change in attitudes about [...]

Serving in Congress and Lobbyist Seen as Least Ethical Jobs

By: Tuesday December 17, 2013 8:47 am

Members of Congress are considered less trustworthy than used car salespeople. From Gallup: The only profession viewed as worse than Member of Congress is lobbyist, a job dominated by former Members of Congress and their staff. While this makes for a funny punchline, it is a serious problem. This level of disdain for the people [...]

Least Popular Congress Ever

By: Wednesday December 11, 2013 10:55 am

This year has been dominated by few legislative accomplishments, the first government shutdown in over a decade, and the disastrous roll out of one of the party’s signature laws. Not surprisingly this has all combined to make this the worst year for Congress ever. From Gallup: During 2013 Congress had an average job approval rating [...]

Health Care’s Horrible Political Equilibrium

By: Friday December 6, 2013 7:39 am

The majority of people on the right and on the left want to see the Affordable Care Act changed or repealed, only a tiny sliver thinks it should remain in its current form. From Gallup: I like this poll because it does a great job capturing the current political dynamic surrounding health insurance. The law [...]

Most Uninsured Still Plan to Get Coverage

By: Wednesday December 4, 2013 6:49 am

Of course planning on buying insurance and getting insurance are two different things. The small subsidies combined with how absurdly overpriced insurance is in the United States could still leave insurance financially out of reach for some.

Few Think Affordable Care Act Has Improved Their Lives

By: Wednesday November 27, 2013 1:27 pm

Over a month into the implementation of the Affordable Care Act there seems to be no increase in the number of people who feel they have been helped by the law. In fact there has been a modest increase in the number who think they have been hurt by the law. From Gallup: This is [...]

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