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POLL: How Do You "Unplug" At The End Of The Day?

Posted 04.14.2014 | MarloThomas

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POLL: Are You Ready For Spring?

Posted 03.03.2014 | MarloThomas

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Premature Opinionation and Three Considerations on How to Deal With It

Misha Lyuve | Posted 02.19.2014 | Entertainment
Misha Lyuve

The humanly natural process of creating opinions, even premature ones, would be merely entertaining, if we didn't relate to our opinions as the truth. Imagine what kind of a mess we end up in when this happens.

When Will They Ever Learn? The American People and Support for War

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

Of all America's wars over the past century, only World War II has retained mass public approval. In almost all cases, Americans turned against wars they once supported. How should one explain this pattern of disillusionment?

The Story About Conservative Media That Should Terrify Progressives

Colin Holtz | Posted 03.10.2014 | Media
Colin Holtz

Politico is up with a big story this week that should scare any progressive who cares about winning the war of ideas. It is ostensibly about how the right is copying the success of liberal outlets like the Huffington Post. In reality, it is a good reminder of just how badly the right is trouncing the left when it comes to media infrastructure.

To Poll or Not to Poll: The Pollster's Dilemma

Nick Gourevitch | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Nick Gourevitch

Outside of peak election season, internal campaign polls are used to inform long-term strategic decisions. But deciding when it is "normal" to poll is often a delicate balancing act.

Americans Tire of 'World Police' Role

Bill Schneider | Posted 09.09.2013 | Politics
Bill Schneider

Americans strongly -- and loudly -- oppose a military strike. Unfortunately for President Obama, the issue came up when Members of Congress were on their summer recess, most of them in their home districts. Constituents had access to their Representatives. And the Representatives got an earful.

Peter S. Goodman

World Not On Board With Syria Strikes | Peter S. Goodman | Posted 09.06.2013 | World

As the Obama administration seeks allies for its as-yet lonely campaign to inflict punitive missile strikes on Syria, those plans are confronting subs...

Fear of Government Rivals Fear of Terrorism

Bill Schneider | Posted 10.12.2013 | Politics
Bill Schneider

Government surveillance is a rare issue on which there's no difference between Republicans and Democrats. The issue splits both parties.

Egyptian Attitudes in the Post-Tammarud, Post-Morsi Era

James Zogby | Posted 10.10.2013 | World
James Zogby

What we found in the July poll is that Egyptian attitudes toward both their internal political situation and their relationship with the United States are conflicted and in flux.

Saving Trayvon Martin -- With Jewish Law

Eliyahu Federman | Posted 09.17.2013 | Religion
Eliyahu Federman

Had Zimmerman followed the Jewish law guidelines of not unnecessarily entering a dangerous situation and using proportionate force, perhaps Trayvon Martin would still be alive today.

How Researchers Are Using Fiction to Make Their Reports Accessible to the Public

Patricia Leavy, PhD | Posted 06.24.2013 | Arts
Patricia Leavy, PhD

Here's the issue: because research is too boring and too difficult to read, very few people actually read it. The problem is that much of the research we're not reading is impacting us, or could.

The Preferences of the Wealthy and Their Role in Our Politics

Jared Bernstein | Posted 06.23.2013 | Business
Jared Bernstein

A critical concern of our time is not simply our high levels of income inequality and their negative impact on opportunity and mobility. It's how inequality and immobility become entrenched in the system -- how they replicate.

American Attitudes Toward Egypt Have Soured

James Zogby | Posted 04.13.2013 | World
James Zogby

In January of 2012, we asked Americans whether or not they were hopeful that the Arab Spring would bring about positive change. By more than two to one they answered in the affirmative. But in the tumultuous year and a half that has followed, Americans have lost that hope.

A Tax Day Plan for Righting the Republic

Mattea Kramer | Posted 06.11.2013 | Politics
Mattea Kramer

Far from being an impossible set of demands, the collective opinion poll version of the wisdom of the American people is, in fact, a smart set of solutions -- or at least it would be, if we had a government capable of following our wishes.

Failure to Compromise: Excuses, Excuses, Excuses

Will Friedman, Ph.D | Posted 06.05.2013 | Politics
Will Friedman, Ph.D

The Super Committee. The debt ceiling. Multiple fiscal cliffs. The sequester. We've added a lot of new vocabulary to the cultural lexicon for what boils down to this: Our nation's leaders routinely and repeatedly fail to work together and compromise to solve problems.

Business Implications of Shifting Public Opinion on Gay Marriage

Nick Gourevitch | Posted 05.29.2013 | Business
Nick Gourevitch

In theory, just 31 percent of Americans think it is appropriate for a business to take a stance on "social issues such as abortion or gay marriage." However, we also found that the public is supportive of companies who support gay marriage in practice.

How Do Boomers Feel About Same-Sex Marriage?

Posted 03.28.2013 | Fifty

Marriage equality has grabbed headlines and Facebook profiles over the past few days as the Supreme Court listened to arguments for and against same-s...

Why a Supreme Court Marriage Victory Won't Spark a Backlash

Gabriel Rotello | Posted 05.26.2013 | Gay Voices
Gabriel Rotello

If the Court rules to legalize gay marriage in all 50 states, we won't see the beginning of some nasty national debate. We'll see the end of one.

Public Opinion, Values and Demographic Trends Align in Support of Immigration Reform

Donald Kerwin | Posted 05.22.2013 | Politics
Donald Kerwin

A recently released report by the Public Religion Research Institute and the Brookings Institution offers the latest evidence of broad public receptivity to comprehensive immigration reform.

Gay Marriage: The Tide Has Turned and There's No Going Back

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Peter Dreier

Although no one can be sure how the current Supreme Court justices will vote, the American public has already made up its mind. Public support for gay marriage has hit a new high.

Citizenship in a Digital Era

Lindsay Hoffman | Posted 05.15.2013 | College
Lindsay Hoffman

In an era where we face a daily deluge of online petitions, emails from candidates, and provocative political tweets, what does it mean to be a citizen?

The Rise and Fall of Iran in Arab and Muslim Public Opinion

James Zogby | Posted 05.09.2013 | World
James Zogby

Policy discussions here in the U.S. about Iran and its nuclear program most often focus exclusively on Israeli concerns. Ignored are Arab and Muslim attitudes. It is known that several Arab governments have problems with the Islamic Republic in Tehran, but what of their publics?

Iran and the United States -- What Really Matters to Middle Eastern Publics?

Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett | Posted 05.06.2013 | World
Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett

The most disturbing aspect of Looking at Iran is its implicit usefulness for those arguing that America could use force against Iran with little risk of regional blowback. This argument is profoundly -- and dangerously -- mistaken.

Parsing Public Opinion on Drone Warfare

Peter J. Woolley | Posted 04.13.2013 | Politics
Peter J. Woolley

For now, at least, a clear majority of voters endorses fighting by drones. But there is more to it, and therefore possibly less to voters' approval rating of drone warfare, than meets the eye.