Why Republicans Have No Incentives to Make Deals with Obama

By: Wednesday November 12, 2014 9:26 am

I’m very skeptical that any significant legislative deals will be reached between congressional Republicans and President Obama over the next two years because Republican members have almost no incentive to compromise. In the house most seats have been gerrymandered to be very safe for one party or the other. As a result many house Republicans [...]

Small Majority Backs Obama’s Plan Against ISIS for Now

By: Monday September 15, 2014 11:11 am

For the moment President Obama enjoys majority support for his plan to go after ISIS. According to a new Pew Research poll, 53 percent approve of his plan for a military campaign against Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria while 29 percent disapprove and another 19 percent are undecided. The problem for Obama is that [...]

Will Bad Policy Turn People Against Technology?

By: Thursday April 17, 2014 11:37 am

Pew Research has an interesting new poll about people’s opinions on technology and the future, but I think the question most relevant to current policy debates is how optimistic people are about technological advancement. By a margin of two-to-one Americans think technological changes will make people’s lives mostly better, yet if you look into that number [...]

Overwhelming Support for Legal Status for Undocumented Immigrants

By: Thursday February 27, 2014 10:16 am

Speaker John Boehner (R) may have effectively killed any hope of immigration reform this year but support remains strong for the general principle. According to a new Pew Research poll, 73 percent of Americans think immigrants who are currently living in the country illegally should be allowed to stay, while only a quarter of the [...]

The More the American People Learn, the More They Disapprove of the NSA

By: Tuesday January 21, 2014 7:07 am

The more the American people learn about the reach and power of the NSA the less supportive they have become. According to a new Pew Research poll only 40 percent of Americans approve of the government’s collection of telephone and internet data as part of anti-terrorism efforts. A majority, 53 percent, now disapprove of these [...]

Americans Overwhelmingly Think Undocumented Immigrants Should Be Allowed to Stay

By: Thursday March 28, 2013 9:17 am

Americans overwhelmingly think undocumented immigrants currently in this country should be given a way to legally stay. According to a Pew Research poll, an incredible 71 percent think they should be granted some form of legal status, while only 27 percent oppose allowing them to stay. From Pew: The poll found, though, that opinions varied [...]

Marriage Equality is Inevitable

By: Tuesday March 26, 2013 7:48 am

The Supreme Court is hearing arguments on same-sex marriage today; but regardless how they rule, the simple fact is marriage equality is inevitable. The trend in support clearly has been heading in the right direct for the past decade. From Pew Research: Even more important than the trend line is the demographic breakdown of the [...]

Americans Value Protecting Social Security More Than Deficit Reduction

By: Friday March 22, 2013 9:08 am

While you might not think it from watching cable news the reality is that the American people overwhelmingly believe protecting Medicare and Social Security benefits is more important than deficit reduction. According to Pew Research, 55 percent think keeping Medicare and Social Security is more important than reducing the deficit. Only 34 percent of Americans [...]

When It Comes to Specifics, Spending Cuts Are Very Unpopular

By: Friday February 22, 2013 11:39 am

While some polls show that Americans in general support the vague idea of reducing government spending, when ask about specific programs, it’s a completely different story. According to Pew Research, foreign aid is the only program that a majority of Americans don’t want to see spending on increased or remain the same. From Pew: This [...]

Most Voters Would Blame GOP if All Bush Tax Cuts Expire

By: Friday November 16, 2012 8:50 am

In the fight over the Bush tax cuts President Obama appears to have the political upper hand. According to a new poll for the Americans for Tax Fairness, Obama’s position on the Bush tax cuts is more popular, and if a deal is not reached on the Bush tax cuts most voters will blame the [...]