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HUFFPOLLSTER: Very Few Americans Are Satisfied With How Things Are Going In The Country

The Huffington Post | Natalie Jackson | Posted 07.22.2016 | Politics

Most Americans are unhappy with their country. Many voters aren’t too happy with the GOP.. And backers of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump aren’t ...

The WILDCATTERS’ Brief: America’s Always Going to Hell in a Hand Basket

Keith Gaddie | Posted 07.18.2016 | Politics
Keith Gaddie

The American public, we are told, is dissatisfied with the direction of the country. Hundreds of polls taken over the last several years show a consen...

Looks Like Email Non-Indictment Was A Polling Non-Event

Amy Fried | Posted 07.12.2016 | Politics
Amy Fried

After FBI Director James Comey announced he was not filing an indictment against Hillary Clinton for anything involving her State Department emails, some pundits claimed that the issue would dog her. However, a comparison of polls taken by the same pollsters before and after Comey's announcement show the whole thing was a nothing, polling wise.

THE WILDCATTERS: #Brexit, #Texit, and U.S. Public Opinion Toward State Secession

Kirby Goidel | Posted 07.04.2016 | Politics
Kirby Goidel

When Great Britain surprisingly voted to leave the European Union, the eyes of the nation quickly turned to Texas. With its unique history as an indep...

Government Manipulation and Resource Extraction Threaten Indigenous People's Sacred Bond With Nature in Ecuador

Todd Eisenstadt | Posted 06.21.2016 | Green
Todd Eisenstadt

By Todd A. Eisenstadt, American University QUITO, ECUADOR - True to primordialist stereotypes, Latin America's indigenous peoples are the best stewar...

Why I Should Be In Jail And Other Things I Learned From The Tragedy At The Zoo

Mary Ann Ware | Posted 06.15.2016 | Parents
Mary Ann Ware

When I heard about the little boy who had fallen into the gorilla enclosure in Cincinnati, I was fascinated just like everyone else. Maybe it's because I recall the hazards of raising two quick, mischievous preschoolers of my own just a few years ago.

Polls Won't Help Sanders With Superdelegates. Here Are Five Polling Reasons Why.

Amy Fried | Posted 06.06.2016 | Politics
Amy Fried

In the waning time before the last Democratic presidential primaries, Sanders has hitched his hopes on the superdelegates overturning pledged delegates and giving him the nomination. A key part of his case hinges on general election polls, with the claim that they show he would be the stronger nominee against Trump. While there are many reasons why superdelegates are quite unlikely to do this, starting with them not reversing the decision of most primary voters and caucus goers for the first time, there are five specific reasons why polls won't help Sanders shift superdelegates.

Poorer Countries Admire Leaders' Strength, Wealthier Countries Admire Their Ideals

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy | Posted 05.29.2016 | World
Young Professionals in Foreign Policy

By Paul A. Friesen A recent report by WIN/Gallup International gathered survey research from 65 countries around the world, asking respondents to cho...

Despite the Campaign Trail Chatter, Americans Not Sold on Defense Increase

Steven Kull | Posted 05.24.2016 | Politics
Steven Kull

Listening to all the campaign trail chatter of increasing defense spending, one could conclude that deficit reduction has fallen off the political radar. But, it this what the voters want?

How Obama Can Break the Impasse on the Supreme Court Vacancy

Andy Schmookler | Posted 05.14.2016 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

The Constitution is being abused. Attention must be paid.

Why The GOP Schism Matters More Than The Democratic Divide

Amy Fried | Posted 05.09.2016 | Politics
Amy Fried

Are both parties divided? Well, to some extent, sure. But this year turns out to be yet another in which the "both sides are the same" narrative falls flat. First of all, Democrats are already more unified than Republicans, as are liberals versus conservatives.

The Passion of Arts Advocates Driving Change: Kennedy, U.S. Lawmakers, and You

Robert L. Lynch | Posted 03.30.2016 | Arts
Robert L. Lynch

Earlier this month I was in Cambridge, Massachusetts, giving a lecture on arts and public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School's Institute of Policy. ...

I'm With Stupid: Help Give this Bloated Red Tub a Name

Todd Hartley | Posted 03.25.2016 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

I had a conversation recently with an old buddy of mine, a professional stand-up comedian, and we both agreed that this whole Donald Trump thing is re...

Diplomacies, from Public to Pubic

John Brown | Posted 03.23.2016 | World
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John Brown

My own minor, rather frivolous, contribution to the creation of the new diplomatic jargon -- pubic diplomacy -- did not appeal to the wordmasters of the universe. But it does occasionally appears as a typo in some U.S. Embassy internal memoranda.

To Revive the American Dream, Work Locally, Work Smart, Work Together

Will Friedman, Ph.D | Posted 03.22.2016 | Politics
Will Friedman, Ph.D

For an increasing number of Americans, disappearing opportunity is a source of anxiety and frustration. They feel unable to find a foothold in the economy and, over time, better their lot in life.

Make Public Education Part of Our National Dialogue

David A. Pickler | Posted 03.22.2016 | Education
David A. Pickler

Many Americans view our nation's best days as behind us. About one-fourth of Americans - only 26% - feel that the country is headed in the right dire...

Bernie Is Mainstream

Peter Dreier | Posted 03.10.2016 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Although his opponents seek to paint him as too far left, Bernie Sanders' views are mainstream. Hillary Clinton argued that Sanders' ideas are not realistic and too expensive. "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is," Clinton said. In fact, the ideas that Sanders has injected into the campaign are hardly radical. Sanders is in sync with the majority of Americans on most key issues.

As Congress Stalls on the Budget, the People Weigh In

Steven Kull | Posted 03.03.2016 | Politics
Steven Kull

The latest budget news from Capitol Hill - that the Republicans on the House Budget Committee are postponing markup of the annual tax and spending framework until March - sure sounds like a tune we've all heard before.

Check Your Friendships: The Voting Has Begun

William Spear | Posted 02.02.2016 | Politics
William Spear

The cacophony of anger, disappointment and outright disgust with the American political process coupled with the banality of cat videos and lottery winners gone bust has reached epic proportions

People Want To Bomb The Fictional Kingdom In ‘Aladdin,’ But Don’t Panic Yet

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 12.18.2015 | Politics

Americans are deeply divided over whether to bomb the kingdom of Agrabah, according to a new poll, with Republicans more likely to be in favor and Dem...

So What If a Majority of Americans Wants to Send Ground troops to Syria?

Kirby Goidel | Posted 12.13.2015 | Politics
Kirby Goidel

When posed with the possibility of war, in theory, Americans like the idea of invading other countries. In practice -- when lives are actually lost -- they like invading other countries much less. When an invasion seems like it might be costly, Americans often prefer more limited airstrikes or no military involvement at all.

Do Americans Prefer A "Democracy" Or A "Republic"?

Benjamin Knoll | Posted 12.04.2015 | Politics
Benjamin Knoll

It seems that our political polarization extends even to our preferences for the labels we use to describe our political system.

Ordinary Americans Can Show Congress How to Save the U.S. Postal Service

Steven Kull | Posted 11.23.2015 | Politics
Steven Kull

There is a financial crisis facing the U.S. Postal Service. In fiscal 2015, it lost $5.1 billion, even though its revenues were up. Yet, as dire as its financial picture may be, Congress has done little to fix the Postal Service.

Why Participation TV Is Good for US Elections and Great for Democracy

Gavin Douglas | Posted 11.10.2015 | Media
Gavin Douglas

Ever since JFK, aided by the first nationally televised debate, won the 1960 U.S. presidential election over rival Richard Nixon, television has owned the political discourse. The revenue bonanza from each election season is proof enough that no other medium can compete.

Most Americans Remain Supportive Of The Death Penalty

The Huffington Post | Janie Velencia | Posted 10.16.2015 | Politics

A large majority of Americans continue to favor capital punishment for those convicted of murder, according to a Gallup poll released Thursday. Sixty...