President Barack Obama has yet to win over many Republican or conservative admirers. Yet, there can be little doubt that most of his detractors are doing better today than they were on January 20, 2009 when he was first sworn into office.
Sanders scored big with an unprecedented endorsement from the progressive group, Democracy for America. This marks the first time in history that Democracy for America has endorsed a presidential candidate in the primaries.
Who won the third Democratic debate? Hundreds of thousands of people voted online, and an overwhelming majority declared Bernie Sanders the top-performer.
The story we tell ourselves is that the American identity is rooted not in place, but in the acceptance of a common set of ideals, irrespective of race, religion or ethnicity. The politics of the last decade, however, have strained the notion of e pluribus unum, revealing among whites three definitions of the American nation that are exclusive rather than inclusive.
Twitter polls have become all the rage and I am continuing to take full advantage of them each week by boldy engaging the public on current events and some of the greater dilemmas of our time.
For Democrats in running deep red states, there is a lesson here. Republican divisions may create opportunities for victories, but the path is narrow requiring both a flawed Republican nominee and a divided GOP.
In 2015, it's important to know why a candidate owns a lead or surges in the polls. It's also important to know why polls change so dramatically within several weeks.
Living in the information age is amazing. The difficulty is that we can't always know what actually counts as information.
The first time the public was asked about their willingness to pay to rebuild after a disaster was following the flooding caused by Hurricane Floyd in 1999. The country was nearly evenly divided on whether federal funds should be banned from being used.
Public opinion polling on voting rights over the last 75 years show a country united in a desire to see the right to vote protected, but divided in their beliefs about how to achieve that goal -- or whether the goal has already been reached.
Christie must adapt, however awkwardly, to the zeitgeist of the Republican Party faithful. He once mastered the spirit of his own state. Perhaps he will do it again nationally. Perhaps he is chasing ghosts.
What July will bring is anyone's guess, in other words. Obama wound up down for the month when the monthly averages were calculated, but they could very easily go right back up again in July.
On the campaign trail, Hillary Clinton has said, "We need to make the middle class mean something again." What does being middle class mean to Americans, and has the meaning changed?
Mental health care in the U.S. underwent significant changes over the past decade. But what does the public think -- how important do they think mental health problems are and how much do such issues affect their lives?
The Republican party's educational platform prioritizes school choice and the programs that facilitate it, while the Democratic party has rejected the idea of vouchers and similar systems. Party identification, however, does not seem to drive attitudes about this issue among the public.
Rather than blame Latino voters -- Why was your turnout so low? Don't you care who wins?-- we should think about how well the candidates for office in 2014, did or did not make their case to Latino voters.