Immigration System Seen as Highly Dysfunctional

By: Friday May 10, 2013 9:08 am

According to a new Pew Research poll, 75 percent of Americans think our immigration system either needs major changes or a complete redesign. From Pew: No other part of our government’s bureaucracy, including our tax system and health care system, is seen as more broken than our immigration system. It is viewed as almost uniquely [...]

Plurality Would Blame Republicans for Sequester Cuts

By: Thursday February 21, 2013 7:04 am

If the sequestration cuts go into effect on March 1st, as currently seems likely, most would blame the Republicans according to a new Pew Research poll. It found that 49 percent would blame Congressional Republicans if the sequester happens and only 31 percent would blame Obama. An additional 11 percent would blame both sides equally. [...]

Support for Roe V. Wade Remains Strong and Consistent

By: Thursday January 17, 2013 9:21 am

An overwhelming majority of Americans don’t want to see the Roe V. Wade overturned by the Supreme Court, according to a new Pew Research poll. The poll found only 29 percent want to see the historic abortion decision overturned, while 63 percent want it to remain. From Pew: Interestingly, support for Roe v. Wade has [...]

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 [...]