Public Opinion

A Majority of Americans View Republican Party Unfavorably

By Glynn Wilson – While 48 percent of the American public views the Democratic Party unfavorably at this time, according to the latest Gallup poll, a majority of Americans, 53 percent, rate the Republican Party unfavorably, which is going to make it difficult for Republican candidates to prevail in national elections for the foreseeable future.…

The American Public’s Confidence in Newspapers Continues to Decline

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Television News Does Not Fare Much BetterANALYSIS – By Glynn Wilson – The American public’s confidence in newspapers as an institution to report accurate information and serve as “the press” under the U.S. Constitution to write about public affairs in a way that serves their interests continues its historical decline, according to the latest Gallup…

Public Confidence in Congress Falls to Record Low

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Poll Also Shows Low Approval for the Corporate News Media and Organized Labor – By Glynn Wilson – Nevermind what you hear on Fox News and conservative talk radio. This tea party Republican Congress is the most reviled institution in American history, earning the lowest confidence level of any Congress or any other institution in…

Report Shows How Labor Unions Are Portrayed Poorly on National Network TV News

By Federico Subervi – As representatives of workers’ interests, labor organizations in the United States have had a long and complicated relationship with the corporate news media, according to academic research. For decades, several authors have contended that unions receive scarce, and overwhelmingly negative coverage by diverse general market media (Martin, 2004; Puette, 1992; Bruno,…

Public Concern About Global Warming is On the Rise Again

A Majority in the U.S. Believe Global Warming is Happening Already – By Glynn Wilson – Apparently all the recent attention in the media about global warming and climate change is having an effect on public opinion. Public concern about global warming is on the rise again after several years of growing skepticism due to…

New Bipartisan Poll Reveals Strong Support for Cleaner Gas, Cars and Trucks

An overwhelming majority of voters in the U.S. support the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency setting stricter standards on gasoline and tighter emissions standards for cars, SUVs and trucks, according to the American Lung Association’s latest survey on the subject. This bipartisan telephone survey of 800 registered voters, conducted during January 13-16, 2013, finds that nearly…

Survey Shows Americans Dissatisfied With Corporations and the Government

Democrats Most Dissatisfied With Corporations, Republicans Just Dislike the Federal Government – By Glynn Wilson – Americans dislike large corporations as much as some are dissatisfied with “big” government, and a large majority of Americans want corporations to have less influence on American life, according to the latest Gallup Poll’s “Mood of the Nation” survey.…

President Obama’s Approval Rating Rises to 56 Percent

President Barack Obama’s job approval rating is up to 56 percent, his highest three-day reading since October 2009, according to the latest Gallup poll. Although the president’s job approval rating has been in the 50 percent range for much of the time since his re-election, the new high point this week coincides with the aftermath…

Americans Want to See Compromise in Washington to Avoid ‘Fiscal Cliff’

President Obama’s Approval Rating Beats Republicans Two to One – By Glynn Wilson – Americans have become even more convinced over the past week that government leaders in Washington should compromise on their principles on no tax increases and spending cuts in order to reach an agreement that avoids the federal budget going over the…

Americans Favor State Marijuana Laws Over Federal Government Enforcement

By Glynn Wilson – A significant majority of the American people oppose the U.S. government stepping in to enforce federal anti-marijuana laws in states where the people have voted to make it legal for medical or recreational use, according to the latest Gallup poll on the subject, which found that 64 percent of Americans want…

Economic Confidence in the U.S. Hits the Best Level in Four Years

Economic confidence in the U.S. is clearly on the upswing, an indication that the economy is slowly recovering from the Bush “Great Recession” under the leadership of just reelected President Barack Obama, according to the latest Gallup Poll on the subject. Confidence has remained relatively stable even as the “fiscal cliff’s” major tax increases and…