Most Americans doubt GOP bill will cut their taxes or boost the economy

Congressional Republicans are poised to pass the biggest tax overhaul in a generation, but Americans remain unconvinced that the measure will cut their own taxes or significantly boost the economy. A new USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll finds just 32% support the GOP tax plan; 48% oppose it. That’s the lowest […] Read more »

Stark Partisan Divisions Over Russia Probe, Including Its Importance to the Nation

A majority of Americans say they think senior members of Donald Trump’s administration definitely or probably had improper contacts with Russia during last year’s presidential campaign. And most are at least somewhat confident that special counsel Robert Mueller will conduct a fair investigation into the matter. CONT. Pew Read more »

Impact of Tax Cuts Viewed Mostly Through Partisan Lens

As the most sweeping federal tax overhaul in decades progresses through the legislative process, most Americans think the cuts would not help their family’s financial situation (57%) or the U.S. economy (53%). As is the case with overall approval of the bill, partisanship is the biggest driver of opinion — […] Read more »

Politico-Harvard poll: Democrats and Republicans still fixated on health care

Congress may have moved on from health care. The public has not. With taxes and spending, debt and defense piled up on Congress’ extremely full plate this month, a new poll by POLITICO and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health shows that Americans remain sharply focused on health […] Read more »

Emerging GOP Divisions on President Trump Loom Over 2018 and 2020 Elections

The eighth annual American Values Survey from the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI), released this morning at an event with The Brookings Institution, finds fractures in the Republican Party over the Trump Presidency. Approximately one in three Republicans surveyed (31 percent) say they would prefer the 2020 Republican nominee be […] Read more »

‘This is class warfare’: Tax vote sparks political brawl over populism that will carry into 2018 elections

The Senate Republicans’ chaotic late-night vote Friday to overhaul the tax system widened the country’s partisan divisions Saturday — sparking a political grudge match that lawmakers vowed to carry into next year’s midterm elections. … Democrats see an opening for an attack on President Trump and Republicans as allies of […] Read more »

The GOP doesn’t care if you like their tax plan. Here’s why

Protesters shout their disapproval of the Republican tax bill on Nov. 28, 2017. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite David C. Barker, American University School of International Service Congressional Republicans’ collective sigh of relief after passing tax legislation may seem confusing. Won’t voters hold them accountable in 2018 for passing such an […] Read more »

An 11th-Hour Raid by the Wealthiest Baby Boomers

The baby boom is being evicted from the penthouse of American politics. And on the way out, it has decided to trash the place. That’s probably the best way to understand the generational implications of the tax legislation Republicans are driving through Congress. The House and Senate measures shower enormous […] Read more »

Democrats see backlash over Republicans’ tax bill as a key to winning in the suburbs

For decades, the battle lines in New England’s most politically conservative state were clear. Republicans ran on tax cuts. Democrats ran on targeted tax credits. Both parties kept New Hampshire free of a state income or sales tax, blurring some distinctions for suburban voters. Then came the Republican tax plan […] Read more »