Public Opinion

Wyoming Replaces Alabama as the Most Conservative State in the U.S.

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The Word ‘Liberal’ is Experiencing a Resurgence in American Life – By Glynn Wilson – Could it be that the people of my home state are finally starting to get their news online and waking up to the ravages of run amok corporate capitalism and the do-nothing nature of conservative Republicans who don’t know how…

Americans of All Stripes Show Dissatisfaction With Distribution of Wealth

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Democrats and Independents More Dissatisfied Than Republicans – By Glynn Wilson – Two out of three Americans are dissatisfied with the way income and wealth are distributed in the United States, according to Gallup’s Mood of the Nation poll. This should come as no surprise considering all the news stories over the past decade or…

Body Politic, You Are Always On My Mind

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The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – Facebook always asks “what’s on your mind” in the Status Update box. But rather than answering that question on Facebook, I will reveal my thoughts for today here and then put the link on Facebook for people to read. That’s the way I roll. Like Willie Nelson…

In Tectonic Demographic Shift, American Electorate Grows More Progressive

By Steve Rosenthal – Not too long ago, everyone was declaring American politics a lost cause for progressives. The religious right supposedly had a stranglehold on elections. Then it was the tea party that had the political establishment — initially Democrats and Republicans — quaking. The media and the general public took hold of a…

Record-High 42 Percent of Americans Identify as Political Independents

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Republican Identification the Lowest in 25 Years – By Glynn Wilson – Forty-two percent of Americans identified themselves as political independents in 2013, the highest percentage Gallup has measured since it began conducting interviews by telephone 25 years ago. Meanwhile, Americans identifying themselves as Republicans fell to 25 percent, the lowest recorded since the Reagan…

The Crystal Ball for 2014 is Partly Cloudy

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The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – Sitting here in the semi-dark looking out at a grey sky and into a blank screen, the modern equivalent of a blank sheet of paper in the typewriter, it’s a bit hard to see what’s in the crystal ball for 2014. According to a new AP poll,…

The Year In Review for 2013

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The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – Facebook users are faced with a new link on their pages promoting them to “See Your 2013 Year in Review: Look back at your 20 biggest moments from the past year.” The problem is, as usual with new technology, programming code is choosing those big moments for…

U.S. Tea Party Favorability Rating Falls to Record Low

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A Majority of Americans, 51 Percent, View It Unfavorably – ANALYSIS – By Glynn Wilson – A majority of Americans for the first time, according to public opinion survey data, say they have an unfavorable opinion of the Tea Party movement. According to the latest Gallup poll on the subject, 51 percent view the movement…

Large Majority of Americans Blame Republicans in Congress for Government Shutdown

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By John Anzalone, Jeff Liszt and Lisa Grove – In addition to the estimated $24 billion impact on the country’s economy, public opinion surveys show the government shutdown has dragged down confidence in the country’s direction, support for incumbent politicians, and Americans’ views of the Republican Party, according to the Anzalone Liszt Grove Research National…

Republican Party Favorability Rating Sinks to Record Low

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By Glynn Wilson – While the Republican-controlled House of Representatives is engaged in a tense, government-shuttering budgetary standoff against a Democratic president and Senate, the Republican Party is now viewed favorably by only 28 percent of Americans, down from 38 percent in September, the lowest favorable rating measured for either party since Gallup began asking…

America’s Support for Tea Party Continues to Tumble as Government Shutdown Looms

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Most Democrats Oppose Tea Party – Republican Support DwindlesBy Glynn Wilson – As the nation braces for another budget showdown in Washington with the threat of defunding the new healthcare law and another government shutdown, the key political force pushing for conservative, anti-government policies continues losing popular support, according to the latest Gallup poll on…

Improved Outlook Pushes U.S. Economic Confidence Back Up

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The confidence Americans have in the economy, an important indicator of public opinion that effects the actual economy, especially consumer spending, is back on the rise again after a dip this summer, according to the latest Gallup poll on the subject. Gallup’s U.S. Economic Confidence Index is up for the month of September over the…

Auburn Students Named the Most Conservative Student Body in America

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By Glynn Wilson – Auburn University may not be number one in football anymore, but according to the Princeton Review and a sensational Twitter Tweet going around on every news site in Christendom, the student body at Auburn made the Top Ten list of the most conservative and Christian in the country. This does not…

Democrats Hold Clear Public Opinion Advantage on Immigration Reform

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By Glynn Wilson – The latest Gallup poll on the subject of immigration reform, one of the big issues facing the 113th Congress, shows that a majority of the American people stand with the position taken by Democrats, and that as the Republicans continue their obstructionism on this issue, they risk losing what little minority…