Americans’ Satisfaction Steady or Up, Except on Race Matters

Americans’ satisfaction with both race relations and the situation for blacks and other racial minorities in the U.S. edged down from last year, the only two areas of the 28 Gallup measured to decline significantly over this period. … The biggest positive changes over the past year were increases in […] Read more »

US Satisfaction: Quality of Life First, Race Relations Last

As the nation prepares to transition to Donald Trump’s administration, solid majorities of Americans are satisfied with the U.S. quality of life, the opportunity to get ahead by working hard and the nation’s military strength. They are much less satisfied with the state of race relations, the nation’s efforts to […] Read more »

Voters concerned about fate of same-sex marriage

In latest PredictWise/Pollfish Poll the vast majority of American voters support same-sex marriage, but there are some real concerns about its survival under a Republican Supreme Court. Further, the country is very divided over whether private companies should have the right to opt-out of work for same-sex weddings. CONT. David […] Read more »

Americans Still See Big Government as Top Threat

As businessman Donald Trump prepares to become the nation’s 45th president, Americans continue to express more concern about the threat big government poses to the U.S. than big business or big labor. Two in three Americans (67%) identify big government as the country’s biggest threat. CONT. Noam Fishman & Alyssa […] Read more »

Donald Trump and the Triumph of Climate-Change Denial

Denial of the broad scientific consensus that human activity is the primary cause of global warming could become a guiding principle of Donald Trump’s presidential administration. … Scientific reality does not seem to have escaped the distorting influence of political polarization in the United States. A paper published in Environment […] Read more »

One Problem for Democratic Leaders is Democratic Voters

Leaders on the Democratic left who want to represent the have-nots face an obstacle: their own voters. … Mark Muro, the director of the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings, analyzed the differences between those communities that supported Hillary Clinton and those that backed Donald Trump. The findings of Muro and […] Read more »

Little Confidence in Major American Institutions

Few Americans have much confidence in many key U.S. institutions like local and federal government, big business, agencies like the FBI and CIA and the national news media, according to results from a brand-new NBC News/Wall Street Journal. The exceptions: A combined 73 percent of American adults have either a […] Read more »

‘Merry Christmas’ vs. ‘Happy Holidays’

As the country becomes more diverse and less religiously affiliated, Americans are divided over whether it is more appropriate for stores and businesses to greet customers with “Happy Holidays” or “Seasons Greetings” instead of “Merry Christmas” out of respect for people of different religious faiths: 47% say they should, while […] Read more »