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Republicans Like Obama's Ideas Better When They Think They're Donald Trump's

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 09.01.2015 | Politics

Figuring out what the public really thinks isn't always an exact science, as anyone who's seen two polls touting completely contradictory results can ...

Republicans Support Outsider Presidential Candidates Over The Establishment, Polls Show

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 08.31.2015 | Politics

Non-politicians are having a moment in the Republican primary. It's not just Donald Trump. Since July, two other candidates have seen their numbers ri...

Despite More Shootings, Americans Are Less Supportive of Tougher Gun Control

Kathleen Weldon | Posted 08.31.2015 | Politics
Kathleen Weldon

Public opinion data over more than 50 years reveals a country ever less willing to restrict gun ownership, even as mass shootings and other high-profile shooting incidents continue to make news.

HUFFPOLLSTER: Support For The GOP Frontrunner Might Just Be Overstated

The Huffington Post | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 08.28.2015 | Politics

EVIDENCE THAT TRUMP'S SUPPORT OVERSTATED, BUT NOT BY MUCH - Nate Cohn: "Ever since Donald Trump has risen to the top of the polls, Republican strateg...

Rebuilding After Hurricanes: The Public's View

Kathleen Weldon | Posted 08.25.2015 | Politics
Kathleen Weldon

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.

HUFFPOLLSTER: How Much Are Pollsters Really Getting Paid?

The Huffington Post | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 08.21.2015 | Politics

Most pollsters wish they were paid as well as Donald Trump thinks they are, but FEC filings show that so far few if any are. In an interview with New...

Why Trump's 25 Percent Is Not Enough

The Huffington Post | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 08.19.2015 | Entertainment

Two new national polls show Donald Trump continuing to lead in the race for the GOP presidential nomination. But a combination of basic arithmetic an...

HUFFPOLLSTER: Is Bernie Sanders Really Leading In New Hampshire?

The Huffington Post | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 08.14.2015 | Politics

ABOUT THAT NEW HAMPSHIRE POLL - A new Boston Herald-Franklin Pierce University poll released earlier this week found Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) with...

Bernie Sanders Sees Growing National Support, Boost In New Hampshire Polls

The Huffington Post | Janie Velencia | Posted 08.12.2015 | Politics

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is surging across the country, as his improbable bid for the Democratic nomination for president draws ever-larger crowds...

The Public and the 22nd Amendment: Third Terms and Lame Ducks

Kathleen Weldon | Posted 08.12.2015 | Politics
Kathleen Weldon

Obama is prevented from re-election by the 22nd Amendment, which has limited presidents to two terms since 1951. The public is strongly supportive of this restriction, but more divided in their perceptions of the effect of the two-term cap on presidential second terms.

HUFFPOLLSTER: Americans See Progress, Room For Improvement On Voting Rights

The Huffington Post | Janie Velencia | Posted 08.07.2015 | Politics

The Voting Rights Act Turned 50 years old this week but polling shows minority voter participation has a way to go. Views on race relations hit a 15-...

Public Opinion on the Voting Rights Act

Kathleen Weldon | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics
Kathleen Weldon

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.

Pollsters Worried FCC Chairman Doesn't Care If They Go Out Of Business

The Huffington Post | Janie Velencia | Posted 08.03.2015 | Politics

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How Ranking Republicans Is Like Ranking College Football Teams

The Huffington Post | Natalie Jackson | Posted 07.31.2015 | Politics

In college football, loudmouth legacy programs climb to the top, the easy-schedule teams try to avoid controversy, and the underdogs claim they belon...

HUFFPOLLSTER: Gallup Settles $12 Million Lawsuit Over Calls To Cell Phones

The Huffington Post | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 07.31.2015 | Politics

Gallup pays millions to settle a lawsuit it says is spurious. Clinton leads among Democratic activists; they love Bernie Sanders but don't think he c...

Public Attitudes about Birth Control

Kathleen Weldon | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Kathleen Weldon

Fifty years ago, just five years after the FDA approved the first birth control pill, the Supreme Court struck down a Connecticut state law that prohibited the use of "any drug, medicinal article, or instrument for the purpose of preventing conception," thereby making birth control legal nationwide for married couples.

Mark Blumenthal

HUFFPOLLSTER: Republicans Are Growing Dissatisfied With Their Party | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 07.24.2015 | Politics

Negative perceptions of the Republican party are on the rise...among Republicans. Donald Trump may be leading in national polls, but Walker and Rubio ...

We Polled True Activist Grassroots Republicans, And Here's Who They're Backing

The Huffington Post | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 07.28.2015 | Politics

  Traditional polls provide a snapshot of what a few Americans think at any given moment. But a lot of Americans aren't even paying attention to...

The Deflation of Chris Christie

Peter J. Woolley | Posted 07.21.2015 | Politics
Peter J. Woolley

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.

Public Opinion on the Confederate Flag and the Civil War

Kathleen Weldon | Posted 07.18.2015 | Politics
Kathleen Weldon

The Confederate flag is gone from the South Carolina statehouse. But public opinion on the meaning of the symbols of the Confederacy remains divided along racial and regional lines, part of a larger disagreement over the significance of the Civil War revealed in multiple polls.

The 2014 Electorate: The Continuing White Decline

Michael P. McDonald | Posted 07.20.2015 | Politics
Michael P. McDonald

The report reveals the continued changing racial and ethnic face of America, which Census demographers project to become majority-minority by 2044. A main reason is that Whites are simply not having as many children. As soon as 2020, demographers project the country's children will be majority-minority.

Mark Blumenthal

HUFFPOLLSTER: 2014 Marked A New Low In Voter Turnout | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 07.17.2015 | Politics

A Census benchmark confirms that 2014 turnout was the lowest in decades. Ted Cruz joins the chorus criticizing Fox News for its use of polls to select...

Huddled Masses: Public Opinion & the 1965 US Immigration Act

Kathleen Weldon | Posted 07.13.2015 | Politics
Kathleen Weldon

The landmark U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, which shifted the criteria for admission of immigrants from a system of country quotas to the prioritization of family reunification and occupational skills, is now fifty years old.

Mark Blumenthal

HUFFPOLLSTER: A Closer Look At Iowa Polls | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 07.10.2015 | Politics

We examine the widely varying polling methods being used in Iowa. The polling misfire in Greece raises questions about the accuracy of polling yet aga...

Natalie Jackson

Trump As Frontrunner? Not So Fast. | Natalie Jackson | Posted 07.10.2015 | Politics

At least 10 companies have cut ties with businessman Donald Trump in the wake of comments he made about Mexican immigrants during his presidential cam...