Americans Support Tax Increase But Not Spending Cuts

By: Thursday December 13, 2012 12:56 pm

When it comes to deficit reduction the American people strongly support increasing taxes on the rich, but they don’t support most of the common spending cuts currently being considered in Washington. According to a new Pew Research poll, raising taxes on those making over $250,000 a year is the most popular deficit reduction idea, while [...]

Americans Oppose Voucherizing Medicare But Don’t Know It Is Paul Ryan’s Plan

By: Tuesday August 21, 2012 1:58 pm

Yet another poll shows that the general idea of voucherizing Medicare is very unpopular with voters. According to the most recent Pew Research poll only 34 percent of adults favor the idea of turning Medicare into a system were people get credits to buy private insurance, while 49 percent oppose the idea. From Pew: The [...]

Nation Split on Supreme Court’s Health Care Ruling

By: Tuesday July 3, 2012 10:23 am

The country is fairly evenly divided on the Supreme Court’s ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act. According to a Pew Research poll 40 percent of people disapprove of the ruling, while 36 percent approve. Not surprisingly there is a huge partisan divide: Republicans strongly disapprove and Democrats strongly approve of it. A plurality of Independents, [...]

Health Care Reminder: The True Power of the Bully Pulpit

By: Monday June 18, 2012 12:18 pm

With the Supreme Court likely to decide on the Affordable Care Act next Monday, Pew Research has a poll of voters’ reactions to some of the possible rulings. As expected there is a huge partisan divide, with Republicans wanting the whole law thrown out and Democrats wanting the whole law kept.  What I find amazing [...]

Voters Value Entitlements Over Deficit Reduction

By: Friday June 15, 2012 10:54 am

While Americans claim to, in the abstract, care about the deficit, they overwhelmingly don’t want entitlement programs cut to reduce the deficit, according to the new Pew Research poll. The public overwhelmingly regards Social Security as a program that has been good for the country, with 87% holding that view. More than three-quarters (77%) also [...]

Many European Countries Think Economic Integration Hurt Their Economies

By: Tuesday May 29, 2012 11:57 am

Of all the European countries surveyed by Pew it was only Germany where a majority of people believe European economic integration has strengthened the economy. In most other European countries the people believe it has weakened their economy. From Pew Research: I think it is interesting that the polling basically matches the economic data. Germany [...]

Support for Affordable Care Act Little Changed in Past Two Years

By: Monday March 26, 2012 2:32 pm

Pew Research has put together this really nice piece summarizing all the recent polling on the Affordable Care Act compared to polling done right after it was passed in March of 2010. Basically a few polls show it getting slightly more popular since it was signed into the law and a few polls have it [...]

Growing Majority Says There Is Strong Conflict Between the Rich and the Poor

By: Thursday January 12, 2012 7:43 am

Over the past two years the number of Americans who say there is a “very strong” or “strong” conflict between the rich and the poor has skyrocketed. According to Pew Research, in 2009 only 47 percent of Americans said there was a very strong or strong conflict between the rich and the poor. That number [...]

Poll: Government Does Too Little to Help Regular People; Too Much for the Rich

By: Thursday November 3, 2011 11:57 am

This particular poll result from Pew Research does a very good job of encapsulating the mood of the country and revealing why the 99 percent movement has managed to gain so much steam over the past month and a half. In these economic hard times strong majorities say that the government doesn’t do enough for [...]

The Great Move Back Home

By: Monday October 3, 2011 12:00 pm

One aspect of this broad and prolonged economic downturn is that more and more individuals are moving or continuing to stay in their parents’ home to save money. The impact on those between the age of 25-35, who as a group have experienced very high unemployment, has been especially profound according to new research from [...]