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 [...]

Medicaid Works Well at Expanding Coverage

By: Wednesday April 16, 2014 7:13 am

That should be the simple conclusion from this new Gallup data. They found that there was a noticeable drop in the uninsured in states that took part in the Medicaid expansion as part of the Affordable Care Act –  but a much slower drop in the states that did not. From Gallup: Looking at the [...]

Democrats’ Best Hope Is That Obamacare Simply Becomes Boring

By: Friday April 11, 2014 11:37 am might be working well and the Obama administration was able to hit their 7 million sign up goal on the exchanges, but that has had almost no impact on the law’s popularity. Support for the law continues to remain low and impressively stable, according to Gallup. Currently, just 43 percent of Americans approve of [...]

Americans See Global Warming as Real but Not a Serious Threat

By: Friday March 14, 2014 6:41 am

One of the biggest political problems for environmentalists when it comes to global warming is that people tend to be very bad at long-term thinking. Most Americans believe global warming is happening, but only about a third see it as a serious threat to their way of life. From Gallup:   Often in politics what [...]

It Is Still All About the Economy, Jobs, and Dysfunction

By: Thursday March 13, 2014 9:02 am

It is worth remembering that while the media often focus on how the latest story or international incident will affect elections, what regular people care about most has remained unchanged for years. From Gallup: The number one problem according to Americans is unemployment followed closely by government dysfunction and the poor economy. Issues like immigration [...]

Uninsured Rate Drops

By: Monday March 10, 2014 7:14 am

The rate of those without health insurance in the U.S. has dropped noticeably over the past few months and it is very likely the reduction is the result of the Affordable Care Act. The uninsured rate is still higher than when Obama took office however.

For First Time a Plurality View Afghan War as a Mistake

By: Wednesday February 19, 2014 6:44 am

The number of Americans who view the war in Afghanistan as a mistake has been steadily increasing for years and now for the first time a plurality think it was a bad idea to invade the country over a decade ago. From Gallup: There was a time Afghanistan was viewed as the “good war,” but [...]

Unemployment Seen as America’s Top Problem

By: Tuesday February 18, 2014 6:53 am

Americans now see unemployment as the nation’s top problem. It has recently jumped to number one according to Gallup: This is a rather depressing statement about where the country is almost six years after the financial meltdown. We are still in one of the longest periods economic trouble. The poll also reflects that Congressional Republican [...]

Americans Sour on Russia

By: Thursday February 13, 2014 7:13 am

With all eyes on Russia for the winter Olympics, Americans’ opinions about the country are at a at 20 year low. According to Gallup, 60 percent of Americans have an unfavorable view of Russia while only 34 percent view the country favorably. From Gallup: There has been a clear downward trend since 2012 when Vladimir [...]

Health Care Law Still Unpopular, But Slightly More Feel Helped by It

By: Wednesday February 5, 2014 8:04 am

Now that we are one month into life under the Affordable Care Act it continues to remain fairly unpopular. Approval of the law improved slightly since last month but the movement has been within the normal bounds of recent fluctuation. From Gallup: There is another part of the poll which is a mixture of both [...]