Tag Archives: public opinion

They Are Who We Thought They Were

If the Republicans nominate Bachmann, maybe we can nominate a gay atheist Muslim, just to settle bar bets between political scientists: Of course, politicians of all stripes are not faring well among the public these days. But in data we … Continue reading

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50-50 No More?

Yesterday, I wrote that America’s unequivocal contempt for the Republican Party and the Tea Party might not matter much. Conservative columnist Ramesh Ponnuru looks to the Bush era to see where we are today: The strategic insight of the Bush re-election campaign … Continue reading

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Republicans Don’t Give A [Hoot]

Some people are crowing about poll results showing that few people want to extend the Bush tax cuts, or that most people (including most Republicans) want to increase marginal income tax rates on the very highest income earners. It’s important, first … Continue reading

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Getting To Know All About You

Americans’ views of the Tea Party congressmen are markedly more negative than they were at the beginning of the year. Independents viewed them favorably, 29 percent to 14 percent negative, in January; now those numbers are 24 percent positive, 28 … Continue reading

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Polls And Reality On The Causes Of The Debt

Here’s how we got here, on the debt: And here’s where Pew says Americans think it comes from: Surprised to see how few people realize that the Bush tax cuts are the leading cause of the current debt level.

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The Tea Party Vs. The Constitution And The Federalist, Paper No. 10

A whole bunch of neat stuff in this recent poll from Pew, including: Many Republicans, and the majority of the Tea Party, reject the republican structure of the Constitution, which requires that elected officials compromise to pass legislation. I’ve never … Continue reading

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Michele Bachmann Sins Against The Catechism Of The Republican Party

Everyone knows the correct answer is “Barack Obama”: Michele Bachmann is practically synonymous with political controversy, and if the 2008 presidential election is any guide, the conservative Lutheran church she belonged to for many years is likely to add another … Continue reading

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Three Little Giulianis Will Fight It Out

Yesterday I noted that, in apparent homage to 2007 GOP front-runner Rudy Giuliani’s “making people dislike him by introducing himself to them” strategy, most of the GOP’s 2012 slate are unpopular in, and unlikely to carry, their home states. It’s … Continue reading

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Americans’ Conflicted Views On The Civil War

Pew just released the results of a survey on the legacy of the Civil War it conducted last month.  Americans really don’t like the display of the Confederate flag, and think that it’s a moderately bad thing to praise Confederate … Continue reading

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Exeunt Clowns

Polls aren’t looking too good for Sideshow Don: Donald Trump has had one of the quickest rises and falls in the history of Presidential politics. Last month we found him leading the Republican field with 26%. In the space of … Continue reading

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The World Is Just One Big Trouble Spot

Here’s a study from a while back, concluding that “Whether or not elected officials and other decision makers “care” about middle-class Americans, influence over actual policy outcomes appears to be reserved almost exclusively for those at the top of the … Continue reading

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There Are Things That I Still Have to Learn

I wrote earlier about the near futility of searching for concrete “lessons” about Libya.  This morning, a writer at Swampland posts a copy of the State Department’s troubling human rights report on China.  The post, entitled “Growing Cracks in the … Continue reading

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The Giuliani Strategy

From Pew Research: “The Tea Party: Better Known, Less Popular.”

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