Trump’s approval again reaches 40% after positive reaction to hurricane response

President Donald Trump’s approval rating has once again reached 40%, while earning high marks for his handling of the government’s response to recent hurricanes, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS. A broad 64% of Americans say they approve of how Trump’s government reacted to the recent storms, […] Read more »

Why the wiring of our brains makes it hard to stop climate change

… Humans aren’t well wired to act on complex statistical risks. We care a lot more about the tangible present than the distant future. Many of us do that to the extreme — what behavioral scientists call hyperbolic discounting — which makes it particularly hard to grapple with something like […] Read more »

Why Republicans are frozen on climate change

The swirling winds, pounding rains and enveloping floods of hurricanes Irma in Florida and Harvey in Texas have left deep scars across two of the nation’s largest states. But it’s still unlikely that these irresistible forces will dislodge one of Washington’s most immovable objects: the steadfast resistance of President Donald […] Read more »

Hurricane Harvey likely to provoke polarizing fights

Local communities almost always pull together on the ground after natural disasters like the torrential flooding that has submerged Houston. … Yet, once the immediate danger has passed, the response to the storm will raise larger political questions on at least two major fronts: the cost of recovery and the […] Read more »

Globally, People Point to ISIS and Climate Change as Leading Security Threats

People around the globe identify ISIS and climate change as the leading threats to national security, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. The survey asked about eight possible threats. While the level and focus of concern varies by region and country, ISIS and climate change clearly emerge as […] Read more »

Voters don’t like Obamacare repeal, but other issues may sway midterms

The bad news for Republicans: Their base doesn’t like their plan for repealing Obamacare, and they don’t think President Donald Trump’s planned tax overhaul will help them. The good news for Republicans: It might not matter when the 2018 midterms roll around. That’s a key takeaway from the latest POLITICO-Harvard […] Read more »

Trump policy shifts contradict what most Americans want, polls reveal

A number of significant Trump administration policy changes fall out of line with views held by the majority of Americans, according to multiple recent polls. Obamacare’s popularity has been steadily climbing since Trump took office, and two of his reversals of major Obama-era policies — Trump’s decision to withdraw the […] Read more »

On world affairs, most G20 countries more confident in Merkel than Trump

As leaders from 20 of the world’s largest economies prepare to meet in Germany this week for the Group of Twenty (G2o) summit, residents in most member countries have more confidence in the summit’s host – German Chancellor Angela Merkel – than in U.S. President Donald Trump to do the […] Read more »