Public Opinion

Independent analysis and news on recent public opinion polls and surveys that impact the discussion on a variety of topics, from domestic and foreign affairs to campaigns, as well as decide who gets to appear on the public stage.

A majority of young people look at the US political system and they do not see a true democratic process. A new Harvard Youth Poll found that many Americans between the ages of 18 and 29 believe the system is “in trouble” or has failed entirely.

The poll, from the Harvard University Kennedy School's Institute of Politics (IOP), found that only 7% of young adults believe the US has a “healthy democracy,” including 5% of independent and unaffiliated voters in this age group. 

The current term of the Supreme Court promises to be one of the most pivotal in decades. Although abortion has received most of the attention, with both the new Texas bounty law and a direct attack on Roe v. Wade by Mississippi on the docket, the justices will rule on many other inflammatory issues, including challenges to voting laws passed in Republican-controlled states that may well determine the future of American democracy. 

Democrats looking to make any headway in the 2020 elections might do better to keep their message positive and constructive, rather than rancorous and partisan.

A recent Monmouth University poll found that a staggering majority of Independent voters oppose an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, even as Democratic Party leaders and their allies in the mainstream media make an aggressive push for impeachment.

The Wrap reported this week on a new survey that highlights majors concerns over the current state and future of media and journalistic integrity in the US.

The survey, conducted by PR agency Bospar and Propeller Insights, found that more than 95% of Americans are concerned about the current state of the media, though the reasons vary:

- 53% cited “reports on fake news”