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 »

With Budget Debate Looming, Growing Share of Public Prefers Bigger Government

As Congress faces an April 28 deadline to fund government operations, the public is now split in their general preferences on the size and scope of government: 48% say they would rather have a bigger government providing more services, while 45% prefer a smaller government providing fewer services. This marks […] Read more »

Trump’s Policy Proposals and Public Opinion

… I’ve put together a number of Trump’s proposed policies and grouped them into three categories: those that appear to be largely in sync with American public opinion, those that are clearly out of sync and those on which the public is divided. In all instances, I’m referring to public […] Read more »

How Trump Won the Troops

… In August, Gallup published an extensive study on the roots of Donald J. Trump’s support. While the study made waves for complicating the narrative that Mr. Trump’s voters were motivated purely by economic anxiety, one of the paper’s conclusions received little attention: that Mr. Trump draws heavily from veterans […] Read more »

So How Did The Clinton-Trump Forum Play in Ohio?

… Given the state’s important role, NBC News has assembled a focus group in Columbus, Ohio to hear directly from these voters — what we’re dubbing “We The People: Battleground Ohio.” … So what did these Ohio voters think of the Clinton and Trump performances at Wednesday’s NBC/MSNBC “Commander-in-Chief” forum? […] Read more »

Americans Say ‘Yes’ to Spending More on VA, Infrastructure

Americans overwhelmingly agree with proposals made by presidential candidate Donald Trump and others to allow veterans to get healthcare from any provider that accepts Medicare, not just Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities. Americans also support spending more federal money on the VA in general, and widely agree with the […] Read more »

Americans Blame Congress and Veterans Affairs for Poor Care of Veterans

Republicans and Democrats rarely agree on anything these days, but as the nation prepares to celebrate its bravest, Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind finds that the vast majority of all Americans believe the United States is shortchanging its veterans. CONT. Fairleigh Dickinson University Read more »

Proposals to Fix the American Economy

One of Gallup’s core missions is to measure and understand the attitudes of the American public on key policy issues of the day. In pursuit of that goal, Gallup recently began cataloging Americans’ attitudes about the potential effectiveness of specific proposals to fix the economy. CONT. Frank Newport, Gallup Read more »