Public’s Dos and Don’ts on Handling the Fiscal Showdown
The public has clear opinions on its priorities for the fiscal showdown and sequestration.
The public has clear opinions on its priorities for the fiscal showdown and sequestration.
Conservatives may be allergic to spending on the unemployed and our social needs but the public clearly is not.
Americans think it’s time to raise taxes on the rich, and they don’t want to raise the Medicare eligibility age.
Americans want the Affordable Care Act to continue as law.
A recent post-election poll shows what American voters believe about our nation’s policy priorities and our road forward.
Most Americans think government help for the poor is a good thing.
Most Americans don’t support conservatives’ sacred causes of not raising taxes on the rich and doing away with the Affordable Care Act.
Conservatives may be fixated on deporting unauthorized immigrants but the public clearly isn’t.
Americans don’t think that President Obama and overregulation of the free market are to blame for our economic troubles.
The idea of transforming Medicare into a voucher program started out unpopular, and is just becoming less so.
Majority support for marriage equality is now the norm among the American public.
Americans think the economic stimulus program was the right thing to do.
In order to reduce the deficit, conservatives want to slash Social Security and Medicare benefits and keep tax cuts for the rich. The public doesn’t like that plan.
The public thinks spending on roads, bridges, and technology development will create jobs instead of cutting taxes, writes Ruy Teixeira.
Recent polls show the public doesn’t want to turn Medicare into a fixed-amount voucher, writes Ruy Teixeira.
The public wants to invest in education and infrastructure, raise taxes on the wealthy, and maintain government services, writes Ruy Teixeira.
The public continues to embrace strong government involvement in the health care system, writes Ruy Teixeira.
The public is clearly open to seeing taxes rise on the affluent, writes Ruy Teixeira.
New polls show a majority wants to keep the law intact or expand certain provisions, writes Ruy Teixeira.
Ruy Teixeira explains that the American public doesn’t share conservatives’ blasé attitude about outsourcing.
Ruy Teixeira finds a highly favorable response to the president’s decision two weeks ago to stop deporting some undocumented immigrants.
Americans believe economic inequality is getting worse, writes Ruy Teixeira.
The public and conservatives are in opposing camps on regulation according to a new Pew survey, writes Ruy Teixeira.
The latest Kaiser Health Tracking poll shows the public wants to keep the Affordable Care Act as is or expand it instead of repealing it, writes Ruy Teixeira.
Americans’ support for legalizing same-sex marriage has reached its highest level yet, writes Ruy Teixeira.
College-age voters are tired of our economic system favoring the wealthy, and their views contrast sharply with conservative ideology, writes Ruy Teixeira.
The bad economy hasn’t turned the public off to protecting the environment, writes Ruy Teixeira.
Conservatives are still trying to stir up the culture wars, writes Ruy Teixeira, but they’re not likely to find a receptive public.
The public absolutely wants to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and take other steps to combat climate change, writes Ruy Teixeira.
The public has its own ideas for growing the economy that contrast sharply with conservative prescriptions, writes Ruy Teixeira.
Americans want an even economic playing field, writes Ruy Teixeira.
The public says “no thanks” to the House Republican budget’s approach to growing the economy, writes Ruy Teixeira.
All the Affordable Care Act’s provisions besides the individual mandate score high with the public, observes Ruy Teixeira.
The American public doesn’t share conservatives’ appetite for repeal of the Affordable Care Act, writes Ruy Teixeira.
Ruy Teixeira anticipates a less than favorable reaction to Rep. Paul Ryan’s federal budget based on the polls.
Ruy Teixeira finds that a majority in both nations are wary of the saber rattling by conservatives in their own countries for a military strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities.
The public thinks the economic stimulus plan and bailouts for General Motors and Chrysler worked, writes Ruy Teixeira.
A recent poll shows the public favors trimming the military budget and increasing taxes on the rich to help bring the federal budget into balance, writes Ruy Teixeira.
Ruy Teixeira finds strong public backing for the federal requirement that insurance plans cover the full cost of birth control for women.
The public approves of plans the president laid out in his State of the Union address to keep powerful institutions accountable and responsible, writes Ruy Teixeira.
The public clearly wants the payroll tax cut extended to the end of the year, writes Ruy Teixeira.
Ruy Teixeira looks at a just-released poll showing that Americans think wealthy citizens should pay their fair share.
Conservatives need to pay closer attention to the opinions of most Americans who believe our economic system is unfair, writes Ruy Teixeira.
The public is well aware of the inequality in our society, writes Ruy Teixeira.
Conservatives remain oblivious to the public’s opposition to cutting important social programs. Ruy Teixeira offers some recent polls to help them get the message.
Failing to extend the payroll tax cut would be a grave mistake on conservatives’ part, writes Ruy Teixeira.
Ruy Teixeira explains why conservatives’ obsessive drive to dismantle the Affordable Care Act is unlikely to generate high levels of public support.
Ruy Teixeira shows that the economic doldrums of the last few years haven’t affected the youth generation’s progressive bent.
Pollsters are finding large majorities of the public support correcting disparities in our society, writes Ruy Teixeira.
The public is unwavering in its support for helping the 99 percent instead of the wealthy, notes Ruy Teixeira.
Ruy Teixeira finds the Occupy movement’s charges of economic inequality are shared by many Americans.
Ruy Teixeira finds the public in agreement with the movement in recent polling.
Ruy Teixeira finds strong public backing for the president’s jobs plan—particularly taxing millionaires to pay for it.
Polls show that Americans believe immigration strengthens our society and support creating a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants already in the country, writes Ruy Teixeira.
The public is hungry for the ideas the president is calling for in his American Jobs Act, says Ruy Teixeira.
The public shows a different approach to fighting terrorism than conservatives 10 years after that fateful day, writes Ruy Teixeira.
The public supported the ideas in President Obama’s jobs proposal before his speech last Thursday, writes Ruy Teixeira.
Ruy Teixeira parses recent public opinion polls to discern America’s mood about jobs versus cuts to government safety net programs.
The public still thinks President Bush deserves most of the blame for our current economic problems, and its view of the Tea Party is dropping, writes Ruy Teixeira.
The public wishes conservatives would give up their futile pursuit to give parents public money to send their kids to private schools, writes Ruy Teixeira.
The public’s priorities are jobs, not cutting spending, and they want higher taxes on the wealthy to help lower the deficit, says Ruy Teixeira.
New polls show the public doesn’t want Medicare cuts to even be considered in deficit reduction discussions, says Ruy Teixeira.
The public is starting to think conservatives’ unwillingness to compromise on the debt ceiling is an expression of their loyalty to corporations and the rich, says Ruy Teixeira.
The public cares more about jobs than the political haggling over the debt limit, says Ruy Teixeira.
The public is more concerned with maintaining Medicare and Social Security benefits than reducing the deficit as soon as possible, writes Ruy Teixeira.
The battered housing market is off Congress’s radar, but the public wants lawmakers to pay more attention, writes Ruy Teixeira.
We have reached a tipping point on support for full marital rights for same-sex couples, writes Ruy Teixeira.
Conservatives and the public have very different ideas for reducing the country’s budget deficits, observes Ruy Teixeira.
Conservatives continue to push a plan to radically change Medicare despite poll after poll showing strong public opposition, writes Ruy Teixeira.
The public rejects Rep. Ryan’s proposals to radically change Medicaid as well as Medicare, says Ruy Teixeira.
Ohioans are opposed to new legislation restricting collective bargaining for public employees and want it repealed, writes Ruy Teixeira.
The public clearly supports taxing the rich to pay for deficit reduction as opposed to cutting Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, writes Ruy Teixeira.
A just-released Pew Research Center study shows strong support across the political spectrum for energy alternatives and offering a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, writes Ruy Teixeira.
The public puts jobs ahead of the deficit on their list of concerns, says Ruy Teixeira.
Just-released polls show the public staunchly opposes radical conservative changes to Medicare in the House budget bill, writes Ruy Teixeira.
Conservatives’ extreme budget plans will likely provoke negative reactions from the public, says Ruy Teixeira.
The public prefers to keep health reform and boost domestic spending in key areas, observes Ruy Teixeira.
The public shows increasing support for allowing same-sex couples to get married, writes Ruy Teixeira.
A just-released poll shows the public is not happy with conservatives’ deficit-reduction strategy, says Ruy Teixeira.
Ruy Teixeira examines a new Bloomberg poll showing the public opposed to cuts in many programs and shutting down the government.
The public is clear on keeping state workers’ collective bargaining rights, says Ruy Teixeira.
The public understands that stripping collective bargaining rights for workers has nothing to do with reducing state deficits, writes Ruy Teixeira.
The public supports policies to upgrade our nation’s infrastructure, writes Ruy Teixeira.
Conservatives and the public are not on the same page when it comes to spending cuts, observes Ruy Teixeira.
Conservatives and the public differ on which programs should be axed in the budget, writes Ruy Teixeira.
A State of the Union experiment by Democracy Corps shows that the public’s priorities are in line with the president’s even among nonpartisan voters, writes Ruy Teixeira.
The House acted quickly to repeal health reform, but the public isn’t totally on board, writes Ruy Teixeira.
A new Pew poll shows that the public holds positive beliefs about the president and his policies, writes Ruy Teixeira.
The public doesn’t support every measure that was passed in December’s tax cut deal, says Ruy Teixeira. Tax cuts favoring wealthy Americans are particularly unpopular.
A new poll shows the public believes President Obama can do a better job with our country’s problems than Republicans in Congress, writes Ruy Teixeira.
Conservatives are holding up important pieces of legislation that the public strongly supports, writes Ruy Teixeira.
Conservatives are more interested in sticking to their antitax, pro-rich ideology than listening to the American people.
If conservatives want to represent “the will of the people” in the new Congress they should start by paying attention to the public’s views on key issues, says Ruy Teixeira.
Key reforms in the Affordable Care Act enjoy very broad public support and repealing them could spell trouble for conservatives, observes Ruy Teixeira.
Exit polls from the midterm elections show the public isn’t as supportive of conservative policies as conservatives would like to think, writes Ruy Teixeira.
Don’t believe the conservative hype about this week’s election results being a mandate to repeal health care reform, writes Ruy Teixeira.
Conservatives may win the next election, but they’re in danger of losing an entire generation, says Ruy Teixeira.
The public is dissatisfied with government performance, but that dissatisfaction doesn’t translate into government-cutting mania, explains Ruy Teixeira.
The public isn’t rising up in opposition to the new health care law as conservatives expected, writes Ruy Teixeira.
Conservatives may say the country is taking a right turn, but polls show that government dissatisfaction does not reflect ideological conversion, writes Ruy Teixeira.
The public sends a strong message to Congress in a new poll about the tax cut debate, observes Ruy Teixeira.
The public hasn’t forgotten who’s the most responsible for our economic ills, writes Ruy Teixeira.
New polls show that Americans strongly support the end of combat operations in Iraq and believe the war was an overwhelming failure, writes Ruy Teixeira.
The current sour public mood isn’t about wanting less regulation or embracing conservative views, writes Ruy Teixeira. It’s about the poor economy.
New polls show that Americans are turning against the Bush tax cuts and in favor of health care reform, writes Ruy Teixeira.
The latest polls show the public wants job creation over deficit reduction, writes Ruy Teixeira.
The public will likely approve of Congress’s recent passage of financial reform, but they also want Congress to take action on unemployment, observes Ruy Teixeira.
Conservatives believe the public fully supports spending cuts to reduce the deficit, but new polls show they should question that belief, says Ruy Teixeira.
Looks like the conservatives got it wrong on health care—American support for the law is a far cry from their predicted uprising against it, writes Ruy Teixeira.
Public support for more offshore oil drilling is sinking while support for clean energy and efficiency remains very high, writes Ruy Teixeira.
The public wants BP to take responsibility for cleanup efforts and compensation for victims of the spill, observes Ruy Teixeira.
Ruy Teixeira reports that not only does a strong majority believe global warming is happening, the public is ready for policymakers to take action on limiting greenhouse gases.
Ruy Teixeira reports that public support for immigration reform remains strong, even among those who support the Arizona law.
Ruy Teixeira shows that crushing majorities of Americans support ending the ban on allowing openly gay men and women to serve in the military.
The public’s support for comprehensive immigration reform is steadfast despite the commotion over Arizona’s new law, observes Ruy Teixeira.
The public worries that lawmakers might not be tough enough on Wall Street, says Ruy Teixeira.
The public's backing of financial regulation legislation is solid, and that's stiffening progressive lawmakers’ resolve and weakening the conservative opposition, says Ruy Teixeira.
Polls indicate that the public will likely support the new health care law more as they learn more about it, writes Ruy Teixeira.
The Tea Party movement is getting plenty of media attention, but that doesn’t mean it represents the general public’s views, says Ruy Teixeira.
Americans will never love paying taxes, but they do recognize that they have a great deal to do with fairness and supporting worthwhile programs, writes Ruy Teixeira.
The public has little sympathy for banks, believing that they need to make amends for the financial crisis and help Americans out, writes Ruy Teixeira.
Financial reform is next up on Congress’s agenda, and the public is strongly in favor of moving forward in this area, reports Ruy Teixeira.
A poll taken right after the House-passed health care reform shows public support for the bill’s passage, observes Ruy Teixeira.
Ruy Teixeira cites new polls showing public support for Obama’s handling of Afghanistan.
The public’s support for clean energy policies remains strong despite conservative attacks on global warming science, observes Ruy Teixeira.
Ruy Teixeira looks at a recent Pew report documenting the rise of the Millennial Generation—a very progressive group of voters.
Polling data backs President Obama’s claim that many people would support his health care plan if they knew what was in it, writes Ruy Teixeira.
The public isn’t happy with the economy and the political process, but that doesn’t mean they’ve lost support for progressive policies, observes Ruy Teixeira.
A just-released poll shows strong public support for allowing gay men and women to serve openly in the military, writes Ruy Teixeira.
Obama’s proposals for financial regulatory reform enjoy a great deal of public support, writes Ruy Teixeira.
Polls suggest Americans would support the health bills in Congress more if they were clearly explained, says Ruy Teixeira.
Take conservative interpretations of last Tuesday’s election results with a grain of salt, advises Ruy Teixeira.
Polls show voters support immigration reform that focuses on more than punitive measures, writes Ruy Teixeira.
Conservatives continue to misread the public on health care, says Ruy Teixeira, and recent polls show strong support for key components of the reform bills.
The public is concerned about the federal deficit, but they still think government efforts to turn the economy around should have priority, writes Ruy Teixeira.
The public disagrees with conservative anti-global warming rhetoric, says Ruy Teixeira.
Americans demonstrate strong support for combating climate change in recent polls, says Ruy Teixeira.
As the Copenhagen summit on climate change begins the American public backs steps to deal with the issue, says Ruy Teixeira.
The public favors more investment in preventing diseases and other health problems, observes Ruy Teixeira.
Ruy Teixeira shows the public isn’t listening to conservative misinformation about health care reform.
The public supports the Obama administration’s new attitude toward international law, observes Ruy Teixeira.
Conservatives want to blame Obama for our economic plight and difficulties with health care legislation but the public disagrees, observes Ruy Teixeira.
A new poll from the Pew Research Center shows Americans are ready to deal with global warming, writes Ruy Teixeira.
The public favors health reform and a public option as a health care reform bill clears the Senate Finance Committee, writes Ruy Teixeira.
Polls show public support for specific spending measures to create jobs and help the economy, writes Ruy Teixeira.
Public support for health reform is increasing according to the latest polls, explains Ruy Teixeira.
Extreme conservative views on President Obama should not be confused with the views of the American people, writes Ruy Teixeira.
President Obama’s health reform speech last Wednesday brought clarity to the issue according to polls, writes Ruy Teixeira.
Conservatives’ greatest enemy on health care reform is clarity, says Ruy Teixeira, according to a recent poll.
Ruy Teixeira demonstrates the public’s solid backing of the Obama administration’s approach to energy and climate change.
The essentials of health reform remain very popular with the public, says Ruy Teixeira.
The public still supports key elements of health care reform, argues Ruy Teixeira.
President Obama and progressive foreign policy have quickly shifted international perception of the United States, writes Ruy Teixeira.
Public support combined with the Obama administration’s commitment should ensure that scientific research will flourish for years to come.
The public is open to substantial action to tackle the global warming problem, writes Ruy Teixeira.
A strong majority of Americans back Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court and reject culture war appeals, observes Ruy Teixeira.
Polls show that concerns about cost are driving support for a public health care plan option, writes Ruy Teixeira.
The public has faith that Obama’s policies will improve economic conditions and bring down the deficit in the long run, writes Ruy Teixeira.
The public wants action on health care reform now, writes Ruy Teixeira, and they want it to include a public plan.
Conservatives are losing their stranglehold on national security while Americans support a progressive approach to foreign policy, writes Ruy Teixeira.
Despite the recession, the public supports more government help for poor children, writes Ruy Teixeira.
Immigration reform could be emerging from the shadow of the culture wars to be considered on its merits, writes Ruy Teixeira.
Young Americans have progressive views and expect big changes, and they will fundamentally reshape our electorate, writes Ruy Teixeira.
The public may like Obama personally, but they also like and approve of his policies, writes Ruy Teixeira.
The public, especially young Americans, is showing increasing support for gay marriage and immigration reform, writes Ruy Teixeira.
The public doesn’t just like Obama. They like what he’s done for the country, writes Ruy Teixeira.
Americans support changes in bilateral relations, according to public opinion polls, writes Ruy Teixeira.
The public prioritizes spending on health care and education over reducing the deficit, writes Ruy Teixeira.
The public isn’t buying conservatives’ efforts to thwart Obama’s ambitious and necessary budget, writes Ruy Teixeira.
The public backs the Obama administration’s goal of transitioning to a clean-energy economy, writes Ruy Teixeira.
Public support for government oversight of the economy is growing, and it’s not helping the conservative cause, writes Ruy Teixeira.
CAP reports show a majority of Americans agree with progressive principles, and want the government to take a stronger role in the economy, writes Ruy Teixeira.
Conservatives’ opposition to Obama’s spending plan is not in line with the public’s approval of broad spending plans, writes Ruy Teixeira.
Polls show the public is optimistic about the next four years and Obama’s economic plan, especially in the wake of Tuesday’s speech, writes Ruy Teixeira.
Conservatives tried their best to derail President Obama’s economic stimulus package, but public support only rose, writes Ruy Teixeira.
New polls show that the public supports the stimulus—even when told about the price tag, deficit, and new spending, writes Ruy Teixeira.
Polls show that the public wants President Obama to make big changes, including introducing major new programs, writes Ruy Teixeira.
Ruy Teixeira analyzes public opinion and finds that the public doesn’t share conservatives’ aversion to government spending.
Over three-quarters of Americans support the goal of cutting poverty in half within 10 years, finds Ruy Teixeira.
Ruy Teixeira finds that the public is remarkably optimistic that the government can overcome our daunting economic challenges.
The public is ready for large-scale action on an economic stimulus, whatever the consequences for the deficit, writes Ruy Teixeira.
Jobs and health care are at the top of the public’s agenda, writes Ruy Teixeira, and they support Obama’s plans for change.
Ruy Teixeira shows that Americans, and young Americans in particular, believe that the government should do more to solve problems.
Americans are optimistic that the Obama administration can accomplish key goals, observes Ruy Teixeira.
The voters have spoken; they want solutions to the economic crisis, and they want the United States out of Iraq, writes Ruy Teixeira.
The public wants new economic policies, as well as action on Iraq and Afghanistan, energy, and health care, writes Ruy Teixeira.
Conservatives may call progressive tax plans “socialist,” but the majority of Americans want to repeal Bush’s tax cuts for the wealthy.
The public now overwhelmingly wants more business regulation—a big change from the Reagan era—writes Ruy Teixeira.
Polls show Americans don’t want privatized Social Security. They want more security, not less, writes Ruy Teixeira.
The public wants measures to help homeowners, which are critical to reach the root of the issue, to be included in the congressional relief package.
New data show that the American people are looking for the United States to engage with its neighbors and change its role in the global community.
Analysis of polling from Ruy Teixeira shows that the public is tired of the Bush administration’s failed economic policies.
The public has lost hope that we’ll ever catch Bin Laden, and the majority now think that Iraq was a mistake, writes Ruy Teixeira.
Election time should be an opportunity to talk about the public's priorities, not biased ideological ones.
Polls show the reality behind the Bush administration’s attempt to put a happy face on its dismal economic record.
Polls show that the public thinks the war in Iraq was a mistake, but that we should be taking stronger action in Afghanistan.
On the decision of whether to prioritize Iraq or Afghanistan, conservatives’ views are completely opposite from the American public.
New public opinion data clearly shows that the public thinks we should leave Iraq, and that we don’t have to stay in Iraq to succeed against terrorism.
The American public overwhelmingly disagrees with the way Bush has handled the economy, especially when it comes to oil and gas prices.
Ruy Teixeira finds that for the first time, more than half of Americans believe that they are worse off now than they were a year ago.
Opinion data shows that Americans think it’s a good idea for the U.S. president to meet with the Iranian president, and that we should use diplomacy over force.
The public believes that everyone should be covered and relying on the private marketplace is not enough.
The public’s views are very clear: It’s time to help homeowners and fix the system so that such painful problems are avoided in the future.
New public opinion data show that only a minority of Americans believe they will be able to live comfortably in retirement.
Poll shows new highs for worry about maintaining living standards and belief that wealth is unfairly distributed, writes Ruy Teixeira.
The public believes that over the last five years it has become harder for middle class families to maintain their standard of living.
The public must be wondering what part of "get out of Iraq" the Bush administration doesn't understand, writes Ruy Teixeira.
Public opinion polls show negative reactions to Bush administration’s handling of financial market turmoil on Wall Street and Main Street.
Opinion polls show that the public thinks the housing crisis is central to our economic woes, and it wants a solution fast.
Americans cite gas prices as top economic concern and want the government to take action on fuel efficiency and alternative energy.
Contrary to conservative commentators’ opinions, America’s image is declining rapidly around the world.
New polls find that Americans are more worried about maintaining their standard of living now than they were during the 1991-92 recession.
Most Americans see the need for government action on the housing crisis to help homeowners and the economy, writes Ruy Teixiera.
As the economy heads south, public disapproval of President Bush’s performance grows across the board, writes Ruy Teixeira.
Polls show that the public thinks exiting Iraq is the most effective way to cure our economic woes.
Ruy Teixeira shows that since the surge, the public hasn't budged. Americans still think we can't achieve victory and should withdraw troops.
History may judge Bush harshly for failures, if current negative attitudes among the American public are any indication.
Bush may want to tout Iraq and the economy in Monday’s State of the Union, but the public has a different opinion about his success—or lack thereof.
Americans are dissatisfied with out-of-control health care costs and lack of access, and they want the government to do something about it.
The public is not optimistic about the current economic outlook, and this time, more Bush tax cuts aren’t going to cut it.
Polls show that Iowa and New Hampshire voters want a new president who won’t follow in Bush’s footsteps, particularly on Iraq.
Polls show that veterans and their families are sick and tired of the Bush administration’s remarkably poor job of helping them out.
The U.S. and global publics want a new deal on global warming that helps both richer and poorer countries get up to speed.
New poll shows that U.S. and global publics are willing to do what it takes to combat global warming. Policymakers should take note.
Conservatives in Virginia tried to play the immigration card to scare voters their way. Here’s why it didn’t work.
Despite the latest GDP numbers showing solid economic growth, the public is still pessimistic about the economy.
Americans favor two key educational reforms, alternative teacher pay and extended learning time, both of which Congress is now considering.
California wants to regulate greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to save oil and curb global warming, but the Bush administration isn't giving them any leeway.
The public favors increased domestic appropriations, but the Bush administration and their conservative allies refuse to listen.
The public disapproves of the Bush administration’s performance in a wide range of top policy objectives; so why won’t they change course?
Americans by wide margins recognize the value of the United Nations to U.S. foreign policy and want the U.N. to play a stronger role in world affairs.
Country-wide and world-wide polls show Petraeus is going to have a hard time rallying support for the war. The public wants out within a year.
Six years after 9/11, the public’s confidence in the Bush administration’s anti-terror strategy has plummeted, argues Ruy Teixeira.
Our nation knows that Congress today is more trustworthy than President Bush when it comes to dealing with the budget deficit, writes Ruy Teixeira.
The public understands what the CIA knows and the president won’t admit: we’re not winning the war against our terrorist enemies.
Key senators joined with the majority of the public this week in calling for change in Iraq; a new CAP report calls for that and more.
The public wants an environmentalist energy policy, according to our weekly public opinion snapshot.
It’s not clear how much longer Bush will override Congress’ Iraq timetables. But in doing so he is flagrantly ignoring public opinion.
Americans say we’re losing more ground on the federal budget deficit than on any other major problem. Congress needs to keep that in mind.
According to the public, “mission failed” is more like it, and it’s a failed mission that is now doing more harm than good.
Politicians tend to avoid the issue of poverty, assuming Americans aren’t interested. But a look at public opinion data tells quite a different story.
Despite this week’s Supreme Court decision, it’s still a pro Roe v. Wade country. The public supports abortion rights by a more than 2:1 majority.
Opinion polls show that Americans overwhelmingly support allowing undocumented immigrants to stay in the U.S. and earn citizenship.
Polls show that the public has made up its mind on embryonic stem cell research. Yet the president may once again disregard the public will.
Polls show the public demanding health care reform—a call that increasingly includes a federal role in guaranteeing health coverage for all.
President Bush may still believe that war with Iraq is the right path, but the public begs to differ.
Experts and the public could not be clearer on their views of Iran: it's time for diplomacy, not aggression.