Americans Support Greater Federal Efforts to Reduce Poverty

As Congress begins to debate the FY2018 budget, a new study reveals strong support for greater federal efforts to reduce poverty. The study, conducted by the University of Maryland’s Program for Public Consultation (PPC), finds that majorities of Republicans and Democrats agree on numerous new options for federal poverty programs. […] Read more »

Hard-working taxpayers don’t support big cuts to food stamps, it turns out

Large-scale cuts to social safety net programs have emerged as one of the more controversial parts of the budget proposal the Trump administration released Wednesday, which Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney called “a taxpayer first budget.” … Mulvaney argued in an op-ed that the cuts mark a […] Read more »

GfK Web-Based Polls: Why Do AP, Pew, CBS, and Other Media Trust Them? A Recent GfK Poll Raises Doubts

In November, iMediaEthics tested Pew’s October poll results on trans fat: Pew’s phone poll (conducted by PSRAI) found 44% in favor of trans fats being banned from restaurants, while iMediaEthics’ November GfK web-based poll found 64% in favor. iMediaEthics re-tested both polls in December to see if public opinion had […] Read more »

Pew’s Misleading Trans Fat Poll

In his response to my article critical of a Pew poll, Michael Dimock, Director of the Pew Research Center, acknowledges that I raise a “legitimate point,” that “one major challenge to measuring public opinion is that people may not always know what you are asking about.” I raised this point, […] Read more »

Public has mixed view on banning trans fats

The Food and Drug Administration’s new proposal to severely restrict trans fats in the U.S. food supply raises questions about the role the government should play in addressing broad public health concerns. A new Pew Research Center survey suggests that the public is divided over this kind of policy. CONT. […] Read more »

The Complicated Farm-Bill Math

The evolving storyline on the current congressional debate over the Farm Bill is one of partisanship running amok as Republicans and Democrats joust over dollars that go to their respective constituencies. But the numbers indicate the reality is a bit more complicated. … The median agriculture subsidy for Romney counties […] Read more »