Public Opinion

Can the Constitution Survive Politics Without Principle?

by Glynn Wilson Artur Davis, the soft-spoken and little-known Congressman who represents much of the area from Birmingham to Tuscaloosa, was in town this weekend while Congress takes a break from the August heat in Washington, D.C. Dressed casually in gray slacks and a blue buttoned-down shirt, Davis showed up to shake some hands at…

The Progressive Majority: Why a Conservative America Is a Myth

Conventional wisdom in this country and in the mainstream, corporate news media holds that the American public is fundamentally conservative – hostile to government, in favor of unregulated markets, at peace with inequality, wanting a foreign policy based on the projection of military power and traditional in its social values. But as a new report…

Bush Approval Down, No ‘Victory’ Seen in Iraq

There is nothing more heartening for a scientifically objective American journalist than to see the results of a public opinion poll that shows the American people waking up to the facts. According to the latest Associated Press poll and story, Americans are now realizing there will be no such thing as a “clear-cut victory in…

GOP’s Hold on Evangelicals Weakening

Nothing makes my day like a public opinion poll which shows the American people waking up to the facts… “A nationwide poll of 1,500 registered voters released yesterday by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center found that 57 percent of white evangelicals are inclined to vote for Republican congressional candidates in the midterm elections, a 21-point…

State After State Repudiates Bush

The collapse in public support for Bush is extending across the United States, even reaching into staunchly Republican areas, according to new state-by-state polls. He is now viewed unfavorably in 43 out of 50 states, and isn’t likely to have helped himself by admitting the Iraq War mess will be left to his successor. Read…

Poll Shows Key Groups Unhappy With Bush Performance

Evangelicals, Republican women, Southerners and other critical groups in President Bush’s political coalition are worried about the direction the nation is headed and disappointed with his performance, an AP-Ipsos poll found. That unease could be a troubling sign for a White House already struggling to keep the Republican Party base from slipping over Supreme Court…

Evangelicals Trust States, Not Courts, on Social Issues

Evangelical Protestant Republicans are far more likely than other groups to want courts to stay out of controversial social questions, suggesting that GOP criticism of “activist judges” resonates with the party’s core constituency, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll has found. Asked whether they trusted their state legislatures or state courts more to address the…