Hope from the Heartland: How Democrats Can Better Serve the Midwest by Bringing Rural, Working Class Wisdom to Washington

Democrats’ national level of support has seen better days. Much better. By the numbers, Democrats are at their lowest in nearly 100 years. While the party had a successful night in off-year elections on Nov. 7, 2017, and in the Dec. 12, 2017, special election in Alabama for U.S. Senate, […] Read more »

U.S. Business Sectors Gain or Hold Steady in Public Esteem

Americans’ overall impressions of six major sectors of the U.S. economy grew significantly more positive this year. Farming and agriculture saw the biggest improvement, with 70% now viewing it positively, up 15 percentage points from 2016. Americans are also more positive about education, the computer, real estate and sports industries, […] Read more »

This survey is as murky as chocolate milk

LAST WEEK, A WASHINGTON POST headline provoked a collective groan of embarrassment: apparently “seven percent of all American adults” think that chocolate milk comes from brown cows. Unsurprisingly, The Internet took notice. … Those of us concerned with news literacy and public trust in media feel let down when one of […] Read more »

Separating Rhetoric from Reality When it Comes to Mountain West Voters’ Support for National Public Lands

Against an uptick in anti-public lands rhetoric from militant extremists, a new Colorado College State of the Rockies Project Conservation in the West Poll released today revealed strong public support for efforts to protect and maintain national public lands. The poll surveyed the views of voters in seven Mountain West […] Read more »

Views of Oil and Gas Industry Improving

Americans’ views of the oil and gas industry continue to improve, with 34% now saying they have a positive view of it. That is up 12 percentage points since 2012, and is one point lower than the 15-year high of 35% from 2003. Ratings have improved as the average price […] Read more »

Americans’ Views of Government Handling of Healthcare Up Sharply

Nearly two years after the debut of the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare,” Americans are more positive about the work the federal government is doing in healthcare. Forty-three percent say they are satisfied with the government’s work in this arena, up 14 percentage points from 2013. Still, 56% say they […] Read more »

Business and Industry Sector Images Continue to Improve

Americans’ views of 24 business and industry sectors continue to grow more positive after falling precipitously in 2008 during the Great Recession. The average net-positive rating of the 24 sectors is now +18, up from -1 in 2008, and the highest since 2003. CONT. Frank Newport, Gallup Read more »