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The GOP's Big Chance to Prove Itself

William S. Becker | Posted 02.27.2015 | Green
William S. Becker

It would be shocking in a good way if Republicans took meaningful action in the next 10 months to reign in the nation's carbon emissions. And they could do the turnaround without compromising their core values. Quite the opposite: Global warming offers conservatives an opportunity to show that they remain true to their values even on the most difficult issues.

Who Lost Iraq? And What We Can Do About It

James Zogby | Posted 08.15.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

Eventually the question will be asked -- "Who lost Iraq?" In a way, it might be seen as an improper question to ask since it presumes that Iraq was ours to lose. The fact that it was not, however, doesn't absolve us of responsibility.

Revolution in Florida?

Julia E. Sweig | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
Julia E. Sweig

Perhaps the biggest news is that Florida, home to the country's largest Cuban-American population, leads the nation by 7 percentage points in supporting normalized relations: 63 percent of Latinos and 62 percent state-wide favor normalizing relations.

Report Finds High Job Satisfaction In Congress Amid Low Approval Ratings

The Huffington Post | Chelsea Kiene | Posted 03.12.2013 | Politics

Members of Congress say they are happy with their jobs and feel fulfilled by the work that they do -- even as congressional approval ratings continue ...

Holder Poll: No Real Opinions Formed Among Many

Robert M. Eisinger | Posted 09.10.2012 | Politics
Robert M. Eisinger

Polls are news, and are critically valuable for democracy. They often tell us about what we believe and why. But not all polls, even reputable polls with thoughtfully constructed questions, are newsworthy.

Anti-Gay Catholic Group Manipulates Poll In Bid To Stop Equality

James Peron | Posted 05.09.2012 | Gay Voices
James Peron

Catholic Voices, an über organization in the United Kingdom that says their agenda is "putting the Church's case in the public square," has a dubious opinion poll that allegedly proves that "70% [are] against redefining marriage." The problem is that the poll is manipulated.

Lynne Peeples

Why Politicians Believe Americans Don’t Believe In Global Warming | Lynne Peeples | Posted 02.17.2012 | Green

If you follow the popular polls, you might think that Americans are growing ever more skeptical about man-made climate change -- despite the consensus...

What Is American Exceptionalism?

Byron Williams | Posted 01.29.2012 | Politics
Byron Williams

What is American exceptionalism? Is it merely the commonly held theory that America possesses measurable outcomes that make it vastly superior to other nations?

For Progressives, Debt Ceiling "Deal" Was a Real Downer

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 10.04.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

What U.S. president in recent history has lifted the rhetoric of progressivism to such lofty heights only to throw a wet blanket over the grassroots energy that responded to his vision and got him elected?

Yet Another Poll Shows... Plutocracy Stupid, Democracy Smart

Dave Johnson | Posted 06.20.2011 | Politics
Dave Johnson

Here's the thing: what the public wants actually would fix the borrowing. And what the plutocrats want would make it worse. So maybe the public isn't that stupid after all.

LIVE Q&A: Ask A Polling Expert Anything

Jake Bialer | Posted 06.07.2011 | Politics

With Barack Obama's reelection announcement and the ever more frequent public statements from Republican primary contenders, the 2012 election cycle i...

"Redistribute My Work Ethic": Does the Tea Party Oppose All Spending or Just Redistribution?

Elizabeth Rigby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth Rigby

Despite the outcry among Tea Party activists for reigning in the national debt, the recent Project Vote poll shows a general trend of less support for...

Grassroots Efforts for Immigration Reform: Voices from Michigan, New York, and Colorado

Daniel Altschuler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Altschuler

Over the past several years, grassroots groups across the country have held mass marches, lobbied government officials and used civil disobedience to ...

The Poll Democrats Need to Know About

George Lakoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
George Lakoff

This is a case study of how inadequate polling can lead Democrats to accept and promote a radical Republican view of reality.

Whitman Expands and Contracts Depending On Poll

Charles Feldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Charles Feldman

Is Meg Whitman, as I wrote yesterday based on a poll last week, melting like the Wicked Witch in the Wizard of Oz, or is she catching fire like it's Memorial Day? Depends on the poll.

Much Good Is Done By Government Workers

Max Stier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Max Stier

Lost in the inflammatory rhetoric is what our government and its dedicated public servants accomplish every day -- the delivery of vital services to deal with seemingly intractable problems.

The Big Confusion: "Moderates" and "Independents" Are Not the Same Thing

John Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Zogby

In a recent New York Times piece, David Brooks divided the electorate into liberals, conservatives and independents. This view mistakes a lack of party affiliation for ideological innocence.

How Many Polls Does It Take to Screw Up an Election?

Jarrett Murphy | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jarrett Murphy

Eighty-million dollars or more can win a mayoral race, apparently, but it can't beat the spread.

Sam Stein

Polls: Sotomayor Loved By Public | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The early public response to Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor is strong. President Obama's choice for the bench is receiving polling numbers comp...

Jason Linkins

Poll: Pelosi Gets More Support Than CIA In Dispute | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Greg Sargent highlights a Rasmussen poll today that indicates that after several days of the media flogging Nancy Pelosi's inept press conference and ...

The Truthiness of Political Polling

Andrew Sargus Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Sargus Klein

Barack Obama has been in office less than the totemic 100 days, and yet we are bombarded by public approval polls almost every day.

Stimulus Is Favored By Most Americans: Poll

FiveThirtyEight | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A new poll from Politico suggests that the public does not see Barack Obama's stimulus package in the same category as one of the myriad number of bai...