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, 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 [...]

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.