Social Science

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

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…

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…

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…

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…

Redefining Patriotism to Win Elections and Save the World

“These temple-destroyers, devotees of ravaging commercialism, seem to have a perfect contempt for Nature.” – John Muir – The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – AUTAUGA CREEK, Ala. — Sitting here in the camper van in the brief cool of an August morning, reflecting on our exploration of Autauga Creek by watching the video…

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…

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.…

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…

Big Oil Uses the Republican Party to Subvert American Democracy

By Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. – In a surprise move, the eight Republican members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee yesterday blocked a floor vote on President Obama’s nominee, Gina McCarthy, as U.S. EPA Administrator. In doing so the Republican senators broke their earlier promise to move McCarthy’s nomination if she answered an…