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Mark Blumenthal

HUFFPOLLSTER: Scientists' Opinions Are Very Different From Most Americans' | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 01.30.2015 | Politics

Pew Research finds the public at odds with science on a list of key issues. Desire for a decrease in immigration is lower than it was during the Bush ...

Mark Blumenthal

HUFFPOLLSTER: Economic Recovery Seen As Mostly Helping The Rich | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 01.29.2015 | Politics

Americans see the economy looking up, but mostly for the wealthy. Many think government action could help improve the middle class, but few expect Oba...

Mark Blumenthal

HUFFPOLLSTER: Most Want Congress To Fix Potential Obamacare Gap | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 01.28.2015 | Politics

Should the Supreme Court strike down ACA subsidies in federal marketplaces, most would have Congress act to restore them. Current polls are likely ove...

Natalie Jackson

Polls Lean In, Too: Weighing House Effects In The 2014 Election | Natalie Jackson | Posted 01.27.2015 | Politics

When it comes to predicting elections, pollsters are often judged on whether their results seem to consistently favor one party over another. The indu...

Mark Blumenthal

HUFFPOLLSTER: Gallup's Obama Approval Rating Hits 50 Percent | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 01.27.2015 | Politics

Obama approval hits a milestone on Gallup's daily tracking. Open-ended questions show two very different nomination contests brewing. And the nation i...

My Bias Against Measuring Bias

Margie Omero | Posted 01.26.2015 | Politics
Margie Omero

We'll need far more than a single question to decode the role gender has in Clinton's political fortunes. We would need to control for party, and mask that we're investigating bias. Because if voters are viewing Clinton through the lens of party, rather than gender, perhaps that may be progress after all.

Mark Blumenthal

HUFFPOLLSTER: What 2016 Polling Tells Us, And What It Doesn't | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 01.26.2015 | Politics

Early general election trial heats tell us little, but pollsters have other questions to ask. Chris Christie's negatives are higher than those of past...

Mark Blumenthal

HUFFPOLLSTER: What Does Obama's Approval Rating Mean For 2016? | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 01.23.2015 | Politics

Americans expect Obama to accomplish less in the next two years, but his ratings are rising anyway. And historical precedents points to a close race i...

Mark Blumenthal

HUFFPOLLSTER: Americans Can't Agree On Whether Congress Should Compromise | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 01.22.2015 | Politics

Democrats want compromise more than Republicans. Independents are most likely to up their rating of President Obama in an improving economy. And Ameri...

Mark Blumenthal

HUFFPOLLSTER: SOTU Watchers Give Speech Typically Positive Rating | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics

State of the Union watchers think Obama's speech was better than last year's. Few Americans tuned in but those that did were active on social media. A...

Mark Blumenthal

HUFFPOLLSTER: More Polls Show Obama's Approval Rating Recovering | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics

Two new national polls confirm that President Obama's approval rating is rising. Among Republicans, Mitt Romney has a higher favorable rating than Jeb...

Mark Blumenthal

HUFFPOLLSTER: Americans Are Growing Less Concerned About The Economy | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 01.16.2015 | Politics

Americans are less likely to rate economic concerns as important and more likely to express satisfaction with the way things are going in their person...

A Public Divided: Americans' Attitudes About Torture

Kathleen Weldon | Posted 01.15.2015 | Politics
Kathleen Weldon

Central to the American public's understanding of the torture debate is their belief that torture provides important information about terrorist activities

Mark Blumenthal

HUFFPOLLSTER: Obama's Approval Is Up, But By How Much? | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 01.15.2015 | Politics

New national polls released on Wednesday confirm a rise in President Obama's approval rating. Republicans lose their post-election advantage as the pa...

Mark Blumenthal

HUFFPOLLSTER: Congress' Approval Rating Remains Dismal | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 01.14.2015 | Politics

Despite a change in leadership, Americans are still down on Congress. Mitt Romney faces a significant hurdle in challenging Jeb Bush from the right. A...

Mark Blumenthal

HUFFPOLLSTER: American Worries About Terrorism Remain Largely Unchange | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 01.13.2015 | Politics

The attacks in Paris reinforce Americans' existing attitudes about terrorism. Even Americans who don't favor mocking religion support the right to do ...

Natalie Jackson

No, Fox News Probably Doesn't Change Election Outcomes | Natalie Jackson | Posted 01.12.2015 | Politics

A recent Washington Post article indicated that if the Fox News Channel had not existed, then-Vice President Al Gore would have gotten 1.3 percent mor...

Mark Blumenthal

HUFFPOLLSTER: What Focus Groups Tell Us (Or Don't) About The Invisible Primary | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 01.12.2015 | Politics

The 2016 'invisible primary' is officially underway...but with new polling scarce, a single focus group attracts weekend chatter. This is HuffPollster...

Mark Blumenthal

HUFFPOLLSTER: Voter Turnout Linked To Financial Stability | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 01.09.2015 | Politics

America's income divides translate into differences in voter participation. The Republican Party consolidates its strength in Congress. And California...

Mark Blumenthal

HUFFPOLLSTER: Record Number Of Political Independents Doesn't Mean Less Partisanship | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 01.08.2015 | Politics

Independent party identification continues to rise, but that doesn't mean less partisan voting. Views of Muslims are more favorable in France than oth...

Polls of Future Past: A History of Public Expectations for the Future of Science

Kathleen Weldon | Posted 01.13.2015 | Science
Kathleen Weldon

Science fiction sometimes barely beats out science fact as technological advancements rapidly transform the world. But the changes that are anticipated aren't always the ones that arrive. Here's a look back at what the polls tell us the public has expected from scientific progress -- and how often they've been disappointed.

Mark Blumenthal

HUFFPOLLSTER: Low Expectations For New Congress | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics

Few Americans expect the new Congress to get more done than the last. Fewer American Jews identify as Democrats than in 2008. And we remember Phil Con...

Mark Blumenthal

HUFFPOLLSTER: The New Congress Is Still Overwhelmingly Christian | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics

The new Congress has the same religious composition as the old one. Few blame President Obama or Mayor de Blasio for the New York City police murders....

Mark Blumenthal

HUFFPOLLSTER: More Now Say Afghanistan War Was Worth Fighting | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 01.05.2015 | Politics

Support for the Afghanistan war is up since late 2013. Obama gets a holiday bump. And while the economy is seen as improving, financial difficulties c...

Mark Blumenthal

HUFFPOLLSTER: With Economy Improving, President Obama Gets A Holiday Ratings Boost | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 12.24.2014 | Politics

Americans give President Obama a ratings boost for the holidays -- and we're giving all the Christmas polling you could want. This is HuffPollster for...