Anyone For Tea?

Last week brought us tax day, and for some that meant standing in long lines at the post office scrambling to submit returns on time, while for others it meant going out to tea. Yes, tens of thousands of protestors staged “tea parties” around the country last Wednesday to demonstrate their angst over taxes, government […]

Is America Becoming A Center-Left Nation?

This was the topic of discussion on a recent MPR (Minnesota Public Radio) show that I appeared on. As I commented on the show there are many different ways to look at this, but overall I think the answer is “no.” Consider some of the social attitudes that Public Opinion Strategies has been tracking for […]

POS In The News, 4/21/09

The LA Times Top of the Ticket blog mentions Gene Ulm’s post on about the misery index. Gene Ulm has an interesting examination of the Misery Index, the combination of the unemployment and inflation rates. Of the 15 midterm elections in the last 60 years, Ulm notes fully 13 have been “change” elections, meaning the […]

An In-Depth Look At The Generic Ballot

Last week, I posted a couple of entries looking at the tightening of the generic ballot (in comparison to 2005-2008) despite the challenges that remain for the GOP.  This post looks at key subgroups — other than GOPers, Independents, and Dems (they were covered last week) — on the generic ballot. The most striking finding […]

POS In The News, 4/17/09

Howey Politics Indiana reported on the the tax protests that occured on April 15th, mentioning the POS poll conducted earlier this month about tax caps. Speaker Bauer began his April 15 tax day in a rather bizarre mode, too. First, he killed the property tax caps even though a recent Public Opinion Strategies Poll showed […]

Recession Ending This Year, A Good Thing For Democrats in 2010?????

(The article was co-authored by Matthew Jason.) The Wall Street Journal released its latest monthly poll of leading economists this week, and the average prediction of the 53 economists interviewed on the survey was that the recession the United States is experiencing will be in the past by September. Does this mean the recovery is […]

Western States Round-Up

I first posted on the positive trends in Western States last month.  The positive movement witnessed last month is holding. Obama Approval President Obama’s approval rating continues its descent in the West.  Last month, we reported a 56{09f965da52dc6ab4c1643a77bd40d1f729d807040cd8db540234bb981a782222} approval rating, with 37{09f965da52dc6ab4c1643a77bd40d1f729d807040cd8db540234bb981a782222} disapproving of the job he is doing as President.  That marked a ten […]

Gore’s Invention Is A Necessity for GOPers Seeking to Reach Young Voters

(This article was co-authored by Jim Hobart.) While many of these blog posts have centered on the need for Republicans to focus on improving with Independents, there are several other key subgroups Republicans need to target if they are to begin to enjoy widespread success on Election Day once again. One of these groups is […]

POS In The News, 4/16/09

Mark Blumenthal of Pollster.com answers the question of what pollsters are doing at this point in the election cycle, which includes watching the generic ballot trend. He includes a quote from Glen Bolger’s blog post explaining the significance of the recent NPR poll results. Over at the Public Opinion Strategies blog TQIA, Glen Bolger explains […]

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