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The Iran Deal: The More People Hear, the More They Like it

Steven Kull | Posted 07.29.2015 | Politics
Steven Kull

Two surveys have just come out on the Iran nuclear deal that showed very different results. The one that simply asked for their initial reaction found plurality opposition, while the one that explained what the deal was about found solid majority support.

Is Bernie Sanders Too Radical for America?

Peter Dreier | Posted 07.03.2015 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Now that Bernie Sanders is rapidly climbing in the polls and attracting huge audiences to his campaign events, his opponents are starting to attack him for being too radical. After all, Sanders describes himself as a democratic socialist.

Kate Sheppard

Political Affiliation Linked To Views On Climate, Energy, But Not Other Scientific Matters

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 07.02.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In the United States, whether or not you accept scientific findings that the Earth is warming due to human activity depends largely on y...

Ella Baker and the Politics of Hope -- Lessons From the Civil Rights Movement

Harry Boyte | Posted 07.01.2015 | Religion
Harry Boyte

As I argued recently, Pope Francis' climate encyclical, Laudato Si, shows powerful resources in Catholic and other faith traditions for addressing the challenge of climate change. But in immediate terms, it does little to affect the pessimistic public mood.

VIDEO: 3 Reasons Public Support for Marriage Equality Grew so Fast

Matt Baume | Posted 07.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

Sometimes, social changes require a little nudge from the law. But when it comes to marriage for same-sex couples, Americans have managed to open their hearts to equality without any help from the Supreme Court.

Taylor Swift's Apple Approach Lives Up To Her Name

Mark R. Kennedy | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics
Mark R. Kennedy

For those striving to change the world, it would be wise for them to not just be able to sing the words to every Taylor Swift song, but to be able to follow her astute actions in assembling to win in a contest of ideas.

Mark Blumenthal

Why So Many People Still Don't Like Obamacare

HuffingtonPost.com | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics

The Supreme Court could issue a ruling in King v. Burwell, the lawsuit threatening to undermine a key part of the Affordable Care Act, as early as Thu...

The Past, Present and Potential Future of Marijuana Legalization

Anna Greenberg | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics
Anna Greenberg

The wins in Colorado and Washington represent the fruit of a broad national evolution on this issue. A majority of American voters now support full legalization. This movement does not result simply from the rise of the millennial generation, which is more favorable towards reform.

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?

Natalie Jackson

A Majority Of Americans Wants 2016 Campaign Coverage To Focus On The Issues

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Why Are We Still Asking if a Dying Woman Should Be Able to Get an Abortion to Save Her Life?

Jennifer Dalven | Posted 05.08.2015 | Politics
Jennifer Dalven

We're too focused on questions at the margins -- death versus abortion, rape, and incest or abortion under all circumstances or no circumstances. These questions do little to illuminate the reality of most women's lives and the range of feelings people have about abortions that happen in the real world.

Natalie Jackson

Why Carson And Fiorina Won't Win

HuffingtonPost.com | Natalie Jackson | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics

There’s something different about a couple of this week’s entrants into the contest for the Republican presidential nomination. In the mix of gove...

Nine Historical Polling Results That Might Surprise You

Kathleen Weldon | Posted 06.17.2015 | Politics
Kathleen Weldon

As a snapshot of public attitudes at a particular moment in time, polls can bring history to life - and sometimes shake current perceptions of what people believed in the past.

Polling Observatory April 1st 2015 Update: The Empire Strikes Back?

Robert Ford | Posted 06.09.2015 | World
Robert Ford

As we enter the final furlongs of an exhausting election marathon, something remarkable seems to be happening: the insurgent parties are running out of steam, and the traditional parties of government are winning back support.

Public Funds, Private Education: What the Polls Say

Kathleen Weldon | Posted 05.31.2015 | Education
Kathleen Weldon

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.

Beware of Those Climate Polls

William S. Becker | Posted 05.04.2015 | Green
William S. Becker

Insofar as the prospective candidates for President of the United States pay attention to public opinion research, they should be careful about interpreting the polls on global climate change. They might get the mistaken impression that voters don't care.

The Public, Race, and a Jury of Your Peers

Kathleen Weldon | Posted 05.03.2015 | Politics
Kathleen Weldon

Last year's jury decisions in racially-charged investigations were only the most recent to reveal the schism in the country's perceptions of how race intersects with justice. From the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research archives, here is a look back over more than twenty years of data on race and the jury system.

No Backlash Against Torture

Peter J. Woolley | Posted 05.02.2015 | Politics
Peter J. Woolley

Just before the U.S. Senate released its report at the end of 2014 on the CIA's use of "harsh interrogation" tactics against prisoners, the question was whether or not the report would provoke a public backlash against torture. The answer is no.

In the Balance: The Public and the Federal Budget Deficit

Kathleen Weldon | Posted 03.30.2015 | Politics
Kathleen Weldon

Some economists on the left argue that the deficit is not a serious threat to the health of the economy, while other experts say that projected increases show that long-term solutions need to be found. What does the public think about this debate?

Public Understanding of the Holocaust, From WWII to Today

Kathleen Weldon | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics
Kathleen Weldon

Despite the enormity of the Holocaust, and the many books, movies, museums and memorials aimed at ensuring remembrance, Americans in more recent years have shown surprising ignorance of what happened under the Nazis.

Anti-Semitism -- The Facts and the Hope

John Gerzema | Posted 03.16.2015 | Religion
John Gerzema

Our research team, which usually focuses on consumer-related issues, conducted an international survey of attitudes towards Israel and the Jewish people. This work was done in mid-August in Paris and Lyon, Toronto, New York, San Francisco, London, and Madrid.

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

Kathleen Weldon | Posted 03.09.2015 | 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.

Ambivalent Attitudes: The Public and Opinion Polls

Kathleen Weldon | Posted 02.21.2015 | Politics
Kathleen Weldon

Pundits have few kind words for politicians who consult public opinion polls when formulating policy. On the other hand, pollsters themselves consider polls no less than the voice of the people. But where does the public stand? A review of polls about polling, from the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research archive:

Pay It Back: The Public and the Student Loan System

Kathleen Weldon | Posted 01.24.2015 | College
Kathleen Weldon

Despite the sticker shock, the public has consistently believed that college is worth the money -- though questions that mention actual dollar amounts tend to leave respondents somewhat more skeptical.