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Americans Like Regulation | The Baseline Scenario
"So, it turns out, Americans feel about the regulation the same way they feel about government as a whole: they don’t like the idea in the abstract, but they like it in concrete form. This shouldn’t be too surprising. Of course people want stronger food safety regulations when they read stories about people dying from tainted food
government  regulation  polls 
march 2012 by tsuomela
BBC News - Why state surveys asked about bras and haddock
From bra ownership to television interference, the government has wanted to know some strange stuff about people in the UK. Now a history of social surveys reveals why.
surveys  history  country(GreatBritain)  statistics  state  government  polls  tracking  social 
january 2012 by tsuomela
Views Differ on Shape of Earth, Climate Edition | Mother Jones
But it's not just a phenomenon of the right. It's a phenomenon of everybody, including those who get their news from the mainstream media. It's what happens when reporters insist that every story about climate change has to include a quote from at least one or two skeptics to "balance out" the other scientists. Is it any wonder that the public is so wildly misinformed?
environment  media  journalism  balance  climate-change  global-warming  polls 
september 2011 by tsuomela
Inequality and the Dynamics of Public Opinion: The Self-Reinforcing Link Between Economic Inequality and Mass Preferences - Kelly - 2010 - American Journal of Political Science - Wiley Online Library
"This article assesses the influence of income inequality on the public's policy mood. Recent work has produced divergent perspectives on the relationship between inequality, public opinion, and government redistribution. One group of scholars suggests that unequal representation of different income groups reproduces inequality as politicians respond to the preferences of the rich. Another group of scholars pays relatively little attention to distributional outcomes but shows that government is generally just as responsive to the poor as to the rich. Utilizing theoretical insights from comparative political economy and time-series data from 1952 to 2006, supplemented with cross-sectional analysis where appropriate, we show that economic inequality is, in fact, self-reinforcing, but that this is fully consistent with the idea that government tends to respond equally to rich and poor in its policy enactments."
political-science  inequality  public-opinion  polls  reinforcement  economics  government  redistribution 
august 2011 by tsuomela
Open Left:: Drilling down into the manufacturing consensus
All the above shows strong and broad support for reviatilizing American manufacturing. And this support exists despite virtually no discussion of these issues in the Versailles media. The political potential for a pro-active manufacturing agenda is huge. The example of Germany shows how much there is to be gained economically. We call ourselves the "reality-based community". Will we live up to our name?
polls  economics  opinion  manufacturing  industrial-policy 
august 2010 by tsuomela
Greenberg Quinlan Rosner | The Very Separate World of Conservative Republicans
The self-identifying conservative Republicans who make up the base of the Republican Party stand a world apart from the rest of America, according to focus groups conducted by Democracy Corps. These base Republican voters dislike Barak Obama to be sure - which is not very surprising as base Democrats had few positive things to say about George Bush - but these voters identify themselves as part of a ‘mocked’ minority with a set of shared beliefs and knowledge, and commitment to oppose Obama that sets them apart from the majority in the country. They believe Obama is ruthlessly advancing a ‘secret agenda’ to bankrupt the United States and dramatically expand government control to an extent nothing short of socialism. They overwhelmingly view a successful Obama presidency as the destruction of this country’s founding principles and are committed to seeing the president fail.
polls  politics  right-wing  conservative  republicans  media  journalism  attitude  communism  fear 
october 2009 by tsuomela
Online debate community for logical, passionate people - CreateDebate
CreateDebate is a social tool that democratizes the decision-making process through online debate
online  tool  debate  discussion  argument  dialogue  social  community  web2.0  polls 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Independents Take Center Stage in the Obama Era - Pew Research Center
Centrism has emerged as a dominant factor in public opinion as the Obama era begins. The political values and core attitudes that the Pew Research Center has monitored since 1987 show little overall ideological movement. Republicans and Democrats are even more divided than in the past, while the growing political middle is steadfastly mixed in its beliefs about government, the free market and other values that underlie views on contemporary issues and policies. Nor are there indications of a continuation of the partisan realignment that began in the Bush years. Both political parties have lost adherents since the election and an increasing number of Americans identify as independents.
politics  polls  opinion  public-opinion  independent  self-identification 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Religious Attendance Relates to Generosity Worldwide
Gallup data reveal that adherents of all the major world religions who attended religious services (attenders) in the past week have higher rates of generosity than do their coreligionists who did not attend services (non-attenders). Even for individuals who do not affiliate with any religious tradition, those who said they attended religious services in the past week exhibited more generous behaviors.
religion  generosity  charity  philanthropy  trends  polls 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Labor Unions See Sharp Slide in U.S. Public Support
Gallup finds organized labor taking a significant image hit in the past year. While 66% of Americans continue to believe unions are beneficial to their own members, a slight majority now say unions hurt the nation's economy. More broadly, fewer than half of Americans -- 48%, an all-time low -- approve of labor unions, down from 59% a year ago.
labor  unions  polls  work  public-opinion  politics  politcal-science 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Open Left:: The Political Broadcast Spectrum
If people are content to have a politics based on image and identity, without giving a rats ass about actual policies, then yes, indeed, we are living in a center-right nation. If people are primarily concerned with broad platitudes and abstract principles, then welcome to Barack Obama's center-dominated bipartisan world. But if people actually want something done, well, then, welcome to progressive America, because that's what people want when it comes down to brass tacks.
america  politics  attitude  liberal  polls  ideology 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Stumbling and Mumbling: Justice
Now, I don’t mean to disrepect the JRF’s research here. All I’m saying is that there’s no reason to suppose that public opinion about justice should coincide with what is actually just. After all, if it did we could ditch 2500 years of political philosophy and use opinion polls instead.
public-opinion  polls  justice  psychology  bias  fairness  politics 
june 2009 by tsuomela
Open Left:: Education Rhetoric
2 notes: people have low opinions of education in general but high opinions of their personal experience of education (e.g. performance of their children's school)
education  reform  statistics  public  government  propaganda  polls  polling  bias 
march 2009 by tsuomela
C-SPAN Survey of Presidential Leadership - Overall Ranking - C-SPAN
For a moment I wondered why Andrew Jackson was ranked so poorly, then I realized that I was looking at Andrew Johnson. The 19c gets me every time.
history  president  american  polls  ranking  via:orzelc 
february 2009 by tsuomela

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