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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

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A Lot Of Trump's Most Vocal Opponents Will Probably Vote For Him If He Gets Nominated

The Huffington Post | Natalie Jackson | Posted 09.17.2015 | Politics

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Memo for the Public: Most of You Agree with Bernie Sanders' Message

Julie Leininger Pycior | Posted 09.08.2015 | Politics
Julie Leininger Pycior

When it comes the question of economic and political power, Middle America yearns for genuine reforms to reverse the trends that they see as threatening their children's future, and the future of democracy itself.

After Assessing the Alternatives, Americans Reluctantly Embrace the Iran Deal

Steven Kull | Posted 09.02.2015 | Politics
Steven Kull

Americans don't love the Iran deal. There is a lot they wish were different. But when they look at it closely, review hard-hitting critiques, and--perhaps most importantly--evaluate the alternatives, a clear majority recommends that their Members of Congress approve of the deal. Republicans do not concur, though they don't settle on an alternative.

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

Kathleen Weldon | Posted 10.28.2015 | 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.

Obamacare Haters Are Getting Harder To Find

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 08.20.2015 | Politics

Obamacare isn’t popular. But it may be getting less unpopular. On Thursday morning, the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation released a new s...

The Truth (About Americans' Beliefs in Conspiracy Theories) Is out There

Kathleen Weldon | Posted 08.18.2015 | Politics
Kathleen Weldon

Tabloid headlines, internet comment threads, that one uncle at Thanksgiving dinner: Conspiracy theories are everywhere. Polls reveal the truth -- the truth about what the public believes, that is. While some conspiracy theories are dismissed by the vast majority of the public, others are widely accepted as true.

How Trump Became the Hero of the Republican Party

Roya Rastegar | Posted 08.17.2015 | Entertainment
Roya Rastegar

Being Republican has become an aspirational brand. The GOP uses racial difference to create an aspiration out of being white. Trump is banking on it.

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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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.