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Yankee Doodle Polling: Public Opinion on Patriotism

Kathleen Weldon | Posted 06.29.2015 | Politics
Kathleen Weldon

Public opinion polls confirm what foreign observers have often noted: Americans are a very patriotic people. But what does patriotism mean to the U.S. public, and how tightly is the ideal bound to its symbols?

Mark Blumenthal

HUFFPOLLSTER: What The Latest Polls Don't Mean For 2016 | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 06.26.2015 | Politics

Shifts in the 2016 polls may be less meaningful than they seem. Donald Trump's "surge" may be less than meets the eye. And the latest CDC estimates sh...

Seventy Years of U.S. Public Opinion on the United Nations

Kathleen Weldon | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics
Kathleen Weldon

On June 26, 1945, delegates from fifty nations gathered in the auditorium of Veterans Memorial Hall in San Francisco to sign the new United Nations charter. The war-weary American people watched the development of this new international organization with significant hope and a touch of skepticism.

Mark Blumenthal

HUFFPOLLSTER: New FCC Rules Could Make Polling More Expensive, Less Accurate | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics

The FCC gives pollsters heartburn with new rules that toughen restrictions on the use of "autodialers" to call cell phones. Yet, surveys that don't us...

Janie Velencia

Bernie Sanders Gains In New Hampshire Primary Polls | Janie Velencia | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has gained support in New Hampshire Democratic presidential primary polls and is now within 10 percentage points of front-...

Natalie Jackson

Donald Trump Wins Title Of Most Disliked GOP Candidate | Natalie Jackson | Posted 06.17.2015 | Politics

Business mogul Donald Trump is a political enigma -- not a politician, but not an unknown figure either, unlike other nonpoliticians seeking the 2016 ...

Paradise Polled: Americans and the Afterlife

Kathleen Weldon | Posted 06.17.2015 | Religion
Kathleen Weldon

Since the genesis of modern polling, the American public has been asked about not only their opinions on the political and social issues of the day, but their beliefs about the biggest questions humanity faces.

Mark Blumenthal

HUFFPOLLSTER: Opinions On Trade Don't Divide Along The Usual Party Lines | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 06.12.2015 | Politics

Americans' sometimes conflicting views on foreign trade show remarkably little partisan polarization. Millennials say they have it hard but are optimi...

Automation for the People: The Public, Technology and Jobs

Kathleen Weldon | Posted 06.09.2015 | Politics
Kathleen Weldon

What does the public think about automation and jobs? Do Americans see technological threats to employment, and have their views changed since the days when robots first began replacing line workers in factories?

Midwest Voters are Ready for Hillary

Brian Stryker | Posted 06.05.2015 | Politics
Brian Stryker

2016 isn't 2014, when the GOP performed so well in the Midwest. Democrats' prospects for winning the Midwest look strong in the 2016 Presidential election. Hillary Clinton leads in the states where public polling exists, beating even natives like John Kasich and Scott Walker.

Mark Blumenthal

HUFFPOLLSTER: New FCC Proposal Could Disrupt Polling Industry | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 06.05.2015 | Politics

A set of potential new FCC rules for incoming calls rattles the polling industry. Voters want substance. And Americans explain what they mean by "midd...

How Ireland Embraced Marriage Equality

Kristi Lowe | Posted 06.04.2015 | Politics
Kristi Lowe

This would be an historic moment for any country, but it is even more so for this bastion of conservative Catholicism. So how did Ireland, one of the last Western democracies to decriminalize homosexuality, become the first country to embrace marriage equality by popular vote? Five factors shaped the outcome.

Ariel Edwards-Levy

Most Americans Think They're Still Middle Class, But Worry They Might Not Be For Long | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 06.03.2015 | Politics

America's middle class may be in trouble -- but what it means to be in the middle class depends on who you're talking to. A recent Gallup poll foun...

Natalie Jackson

A Majority Of Americans Wants 2016 Campaign Coverage To Focus On The Issues | Natalie Jackson | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics

Few Americans are paying close attention to the 2016 presidential campaign yet, but they know what they want to see when they do tune in: not the cand...

Janie Velencia

Percentage Of Pro-Choice Americans Is Highest Since 2008 | Janie Velencia | Posted 05.29.2015 | Politics

The percentage of Americans who describe themselves as "pro-choice" is the highest it's been in seven years. According to a Gallup poll published F...

Mark Blumenthal

Retraction Of Major Gay Marriage Study Underlines The Need For Greater Transparency | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 05.29.2015 | Politics

The retraction of a major gay marriage study highlights polling's "secrecy problem," as well as the relevance of a newly launched transparency initiat...

Natalie Jackson

'Undecided' Still Winning The Republican Primary Contest | Natalie Jackson | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics

A new Quinnipiac University national poll shows there’s still only one clear leader in the Republican presidential primary race: Undecided. The p...

Natalie Jackson

6 Simple Questions Everyone Can (And Should) Ask About Data | Natalie Jackson | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics

A data fabrication scandal has rocked the media and academic worlds. In December 2014, many media outlets reported on a seemingly groundbreaking study...

In the Good Old Summertime - or Overtime?

Kathleen Weldon | Posted 05.27.2015 | Travel
Kathleen Weldon

As the summer begins, Americans plan to enjoy their traditional summer vacations, a time for swimming, sunning, relaxing and - checking work emails? What polling tells us about vacation in America from the 1940s to today, from the Roper Center for Public Opinion archive:

Janie Velencia

NY Governor's Approval Rating Drops To An All-Time Low | Janie Velencia | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics

It's been a rocky second term for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D). According to a Siena Research Institute survey, a record low 41 percent of New York ...

Mark Blumenthal

HUFFPOLLSTER: Even Republicans Aren't Happy With The New GOP-Led Congress | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 05.22.2015 | Politics

Democrats and Republicans alike are unhappy with the GOP-led Congress. Fox looks to the polls to narrow down contenders in the GOP debate, which coul...

Natalie Jackson

Don't Care About The 2016 Election Yet? You're Part Of The 74 Percent | Natalie Jackson | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics

How many Americans are already paying close attention to the 2016 presidential campaign? Just a quarter, according to the latest CBS News/New York Tim...

Mark Blumenthal

Why The Polls Missed The Mark On The UK Elections | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics

The UK elections give polling a black eye. Is it time to start ignoring polls? And the Huffington Post joins AAPOR's Transparency Initiative. This is ...

Mark Blumenthal

Here's What the Polls Say About Today's UK Election | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics

Polls in the UK forecast a close outcome with both major parties short of a majority. Hillary Clinton 'takes a hit,' or maybe she doesn't. And Jeb Bus...

Janie Velencia

Jeb Bush Trails In Early Iowa Poll | Janie Velencia | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is trailing six other Republican presidential hopefuls in an early Iowa Republican caucus poll conducted by Quinnipiac U...