Most Americans say global warming is happening, and half say humans are causing it

Greg Sargent of The Washington Post says Democrats would do well to talk more about the issue of climate change. He bases that advice on a new Associated Press POLL that was funded by Yale University: The key findings are that Americans believe by 56-20 that global warming is happening; 72 percent are very or moderately worried about it; and 50 percent say human activity is a key cause. (Snip) Americans say by 61-34 that the “United States should be a leader on global warming, even if meant taking action when others do not.” Republicans like...

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Most Americans still think crime rates are worse than they really are

Violent crime rates in the U.S.  have been declining over the past several decades, but annual polls show that most Americans think the trend has been in the opposite direction. This widespread misperception probably is mostly the fault of television, where fictional dramas and local newscasts tend to put a lot of emphasis on crime. But the latest Gallup poll on this matter shows an encouraging sign: The gap between majority opinion and reality has shrunk a little, as we see HERE: A majority of Americans say there is more crime in the U.S....

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Poll: Republican control of Congress bad for America

A new CNN poll released this morning has BAD NEWS for both political parties, especially the GOP: According to the survey, 50 percent of Americans believe the GOP taking control of the House and the Senate next year will be bad for America, and 52 percent expect it to lead to more gridlock. Another 37 percent, however, expect to see no difference in the levels of gridlock in Congress. But Americans seem to believe the GOP should be the ones to budge. Sixty-eight percent of Americans polled say the GOP isn’t cooperating enough with...

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Public reaction to Obama’s immigration initiative is nothing like Republicans predicted

In the days before and just after President Obama announced executive action on immigration reform, more than a few Republican lawmakers warned that Americans generally would react with great anger. One senator even expressed concern that civil unrest would ensue. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas said the midterm elections had represented a huge outcry against anything less than a hard-line stand on illegal immigration. Well, here we are a few weeks later, and virtually all of these portents of hell-to-pay have been shown to be just hot air. Of course,...

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It turns out that pre-election polls overestimated the strength of Democrats

When judging the accuracy of political polls, it’s important to remember that bias in the polling business doesn’t mean the same thing as bias in political reporting. Putting it another way, the bias displayed by Fox News is different from the bias that might arise in a poll conducted by Gallup or Pew or another of the other professional outfits that endeavor to measure public sentiment. Biased polls are those that suffer from some miscalculation or another in  the design or execution of the surveys. Accordingly, when it’s...

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