Few Americans support cuts to most government programs, including Medicaid

President Donald Trump’s first budget request to Congress would make deep cuts to government programs, including Medicaid, the health insurance program for low-income adults and children. Recent polls have found little public support for cuts to Medicaid, but that may not be a surprise: Americans tend not to favor budget […] Read more »

Why Montana just elected Greg Gianforte, a man charged with assault, to Congress

Lee Banville, The University of Montana Until just about 24 hours before the polls closed, the race for Montana’s sole congressional seat seemed to be focused on health care, Donald Trump and gun rights. Republican businessman Greg Gianforte appeared to be headed for a likely victory in the race against […] Read more »

The more a poll mentions Republicans, the less popular the party’s health care bill

It’s clear enough that the American Health Care Act, the Republican bill that would overhaul Obamacare that passed the House earlier this month, isn’t very popular. It’s unpopular enough, for example, that a candidate for the House in Montana would rather face criminal charges than answer a question about it. […] Read more »

Fox News Poll: Trump approval down, voters support special counsel on Russia

American voters disagree with President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey, think the dismissal was for self-serving reasons, and approve of a special counsel being appointed to investigate Russian government efforts to influence the election and the Trump campaign. In addition, a majority opposes the Republican plan to replace […] Read more »

For Democrats, special elections may be preview of 2018 campaigns

Democrats are heading into the homestretch of three special elections over the next month amid a national frenzy over the investigation into the possible connections of President Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russian interference in the election. Yet in all three races, Democrats have made a tactical decision not to turn […] Read more »