Opinion Polls

21 May 19
mandersmedia.co.uk

Maybe you’ve found yourself in a situation like this: Browsing one of the hundreds of vinyl releases of a popular 1960s rock album on Discogs, you see wild price differences between a mono and stereo version of a record. What’s the deal? Is one better than the other? Does it even matter? To fully understand […]

21 May 19
VOICE OF THE HWY

The Editorial Board, USA TODAY Published 6:36 p.m. ET May 21, 2019 CLOSE A bigger skilled immigrant pool is good policy. But instead of sharply cutting family-sponsored immigration, scrap the ‘diversity lottery’: Our view One good indication of the headwinds that President Donald Trump’s new legal immigration plan will face is that he keeps unveiling […]

21 May 19
Issues & Insights

By most measures, the researchers concluded, “anti-Black and anti-Hispanic prejudice declined after the 2016 campaign and election.”

21 May 19
Blue Wave Bot

Liberals try to resist blue wave as Newfoundland and Labrador goes to polls  Toronto Star Recent opinion surveys reflect a lack of enthusiasm for any party leader and a high number of undecided voters in a province facing down a bleak future. from “”blue wave” OR “blue wave 2018″” – Google News http://bit.ly/2JGwA8E

21 May 19
Blue Delaware

A new Quinnipiac poll finds 22% of Americans rate the nation’s economy as “excellent,” while another 49% of voters say the economy is “good.”  The total 71% for “excellent” and “good” is the highest total number for American voter attitudes on the economy in almost 18 years. However, American voters also give President Trump a negative 38% […]

21 May 19
Mother Jones
Here’s an interesting little study about the way public opinion responds to various climate change messages. It’s a survey study with moderate sample sizes, so don’t take it too seriously, but it suggests avenues for further research. The core part of the study asks people whether they support a carbon tax. Then they’re presented with a “nudge” plan that defaults residential consumers into a renewable energy program and asked again about the carbon tax. Here are the results: [inline_image id=”attachment_752794″ align=”none” width=”450″][/inline_image]In the first round, 70 percent supported the carbon tax—but after they heard about the renewable energy plan, support dropped to 53 percent. These results were replicated in a second round. Then the researchers performed a third round, this time framing the carbon tax as more painful. Support went down, and when the renewable energy plan was added to the mix, support went down even further. The rest of the study added some control questions to get at the reason behind the consistent drop in support when the renewable energy plan was added. Here’s the conclusion: It appears that, while people are generally concerned about societal problems such as climate change, they may not be willing to incur large costs to achieve a solution. With the perceived existence of a low-cost solution (a nudge), motivated reasoning may tempt some to exaggerate its ultimately small environmental impact. This may explain why participants generally thought the nudge was as or more effective at reducing pollution than the carbon tax. However, even those who knew that the carbon tax is more effective than the green energy nudge were discouraged from implementing the tax when a nudge became available, suggesting that crowding-out is not merely the result of incorrect perceptions of relative effectiveness. I think this is generalizable as support for addressing climate change is a mile wide and an inch deep. Carbon tax? Sure! But add even the smallest reason to abandon it, and people do. Merely reminding them that a carbon tax will raise energy prices cuts support by a third, and if you give people an alternative to latch onto they’ll leap at it. This supports a couple of conclusions: Doomsday climate scenarios are important. Support for change is thin, which probably means that most people simply don’t understand how bad climate change is going to get. Policies that address things like plastic straws or lowering your thermostat might be counterproductive. They’re mostly performative, but they convince people that they’re “doing something” about climate change and gives them an excuse to lower their support for real measures that are actually effective. It’s easy to look at polls and declare that big majorities support liberals on climate change. But those polls are nearly meaningless. As this study shows, support for climate policies drops dramatically when faced with even tiny changes in messaging. Just consider how this carbon tax question would have gone if it had instead faced the headwind of an opposition that can fund huge amounts of scaremongering. Support would drop like a stone. That’s the real world we live in.
21 May 19
CauseACTION Clarion

According to a new Gallup poll released Monday, 43 percent of Americans today believe that socialism would be good for the country. The telephone survey asked a random sample of Americans aged 18 and older whether “some form of socialism would be a good or bad thing for the country.” While 51 percent of the […]

21 May 19
Russia News Now

This handout picture released by the US Navy on May 8, 2019, shows the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) while conducting a replenishment-at-sea with the fast combat support ship USNS Arctic (T-AOE 9), while MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopters assigned to the “Nightdippers” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 5, transfer stores between […]

21 May 19
To Inform is to Influence

Anonymous expert compilation, analysis, and reporting. I’m going to break out the first article into a separate piece after I’ve carefully read it. It appears to have the potential of small tactical nuke. Richard Engel, Kate Benyon-Tinker and Kennett Werner | Russian documents reveal desire to sow racial discord — and violence — in the […]

21 May 19
Blue Wave Bot

Liberals try to resist blue wave as Newfoundland and Labrador goes to polls  Toronto Star Recent opinion surveys reflect a lack of enthusiasm for any party leader and a high number of undecided voters in a province facing down a bleak future. from “”blue wave” OR “blue wave 2018″” – Google News http://bit.ly/2JGwA8E

21 May 19
Mixed Feelings

As we look back on this year’s NBA playoffs, it’s easy to tell that this year it’s definitely missing something. My STRONG dislike for Lebron James has been documented since social media was a thing. I will admit though that the NBA definitely misses having him as a villain this year. When I was growing […]

21 May 19
Archy news nety

On Saturday afternoon, during the official Joe Biden kick-off meeting in Philadelphia, I asked every participant I met why they were supporting the former vice president, or at least considering supporting. They often called other people WhoThey thought that Biden could appeal. Time and again they said they were doing everything they could to defeat […]

21 May 19
Matzav.com

The majority of Israelis believe that their Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, should not be legally protected from criminal prosecution, according to a poll released on Tuesday. Israel’s Walla news found that 56 percent of Israelis oppose legislation that would enable Netanyahu to receive immunity as he faces possible indictment in three separate corruption cases. 33 […]

21 May 19
Timstafford's Blog

I had a conversation with my son Chase that stimulated lots of thoughts about Joe Biden. Like a lot of people, I can’t help liking Biden. He’s a comfortable presence: decent, kind-hearted, slow to impute bad motives to his opponents. All that sounds extremely attractive in our current political environment, dominated by a president who […]