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How miserable are we? CATO’s Misery Index finds that US is … eh

Ever mindful of the dismal science, Steve Hanke, director of the Troubled Currencies Project at the Cato Institute, released his “World Misery Index” Friday, and has miserable news for the United States.

Survey: Morale among VA employees dips, faith in VA leadership falls

FILE This April 28, 2014 file photos shows the Phoenix VA Health Care Center in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

In results that no one should find surprising, a new employee survey finds that overall morale at the Veterans Affairs Department is down. According to the 2014 Federal Employee Viewpoint survey, 64 percent of respondents reported being content with their job overall, down from 66 percent last year. Satisfaction with the department as a whole was worse, with […]

Voters want Republicans to lead Congress over Democrats, poll says

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According to a recently released Wall Street Journal/NBC News/Annenberg poll, likely voters and registered voters in general would prefer the GOP have control of the House of Representatives and the Senate as opposed to Democrats.

Poll: More than 75 percent of Americans support getting rid of mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent offenders

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More than 75 percent of Americans now support getting rid of mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent offenders, a new Reason-Rupe poll finds. Eliminating mandatory minimum sentences would give judges the ability to make sentencing decisions on a case-by-case basis. The federal government and several states have enacted mandatory minimum sentencing laws over the past few decades. The […]

No smiling matter: Three-fourths of Americans say Obamacare is difficult to understand

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Almost 75 percent of American adults surveyed in a recent Associated Press/GfK poll said that Obamacare is difficult to understand.

Voters overwhelmingly view Obama’s presidency as a failure, are less likely to vote for candidates who support Obama in midterms

Then-Illinois State Sen. Barack Obama gives the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday, July 27, 2004, in Boston. (Associated Press File Photo)

Nearly twice as many voters view Barack Obama’s president as a failure as those who view it as a success, according to a Rasmussen Reports poll conducted between September 19 and 20. While 22 percent of respondents said Obama’s presidency has been successful, a whopping 42 percent labeled it a failure.

More than one-third of Americans cannot name any branch of U.S. government

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More than one-third of Americans know next to nothing about how their government works, a new study found. A national survey of 1,416 adults conducted by the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania showed that Americans have a lot of uncertainty answering questions about the U.S. government.  Little more than one-third of survey […]

One quarter of Americans open to idea of secession

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Picture the United States of America, 49 states strong. Can you imagine it? Apparently, some Americans can. Nearly a quarter of Americans support the idea of secession, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted between August 23 and September 16.

Youth vote is up for grabs ahead of midterm elections

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According to a poll conducted by Rare, only 44 percent of voters under the age of 40 would vote for Obama if the 2012 election were conducted today. An equal 44 percent of the same age bracket would vote for Republican candidate Mitt Romney.

Gallup poll finds majority of Americans lack faith in government’s ability to handle domestic and international problems

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According to the results of Gallup’s “Governance” poll, Americans’ trust in government and its ability to solve problems both foreign and domestic is at a record low.

Nearly 75 percent of Americans want more transparency from the U.S. Supreme Court, new survey finds

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It seems that the one thing a strong majority of Americans can agree on is transparency in a major branch of the U.S. government. Nearly 75 percent of Americans want the U.S. Supreme Court to allow video broadcast of its proceedings, according to a poll released Wednesday. About 74 percent of poll respondents preferred live […]

Rick Perry was indicted and practically no one cares because Americans already believe most politicians are corrupt

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) was indicted for abuse of power and coercion last week. And while the charges are legally dubious, the real question for Perry as a potential 2016 presidential hopeful is whether or not the American public will hold it against him. A recent Reason-Rupe poll finds that most Americans already believe most […]

President Obama gets a bad grade on education policies

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If leading the country was a class in school, President Obama would probably be failing. In addition to his dismal approval ratings on health care, foreign policy and the economy, Obama is also getting poor grades from Americans on his education policies.

Survey finds Republicans growing more accepting of gay GOP candidates, support state rights on same-sex marriage

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A new McClatchy-Marist poll finds that Republicans are continuing to grow more accepting of gay rights, particularly in the case of gay Republican candidates. The poll finds that 68 percent of Republicans say they would be no less likely to support a well-qualified gay candidate than other candidates. Among all voters, including Democrats and independents, the poll […]

Huge majority of Americans say Russian President Vladimir Putin doesn’t take Obama seriously

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Seventy-seven percent of Americans say that Russian President Vladimir Putin does not take President Obama seriously, according to a Fox News poll released Wednesday.

 

Poll ranks states by the ‘boring-ness’ of governors

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant addresses the audience at the Neshoba County Fair in Philadelphia, Miss., Thursday, July 31, 2014. The fair is a traditional gathering place for politicians, area residents, business leaders, voters and families. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Who is the governor of Mississippi? Don’t fret if you don’t know, most people probably don’t either. Republican Governor Phil Bryant was ranked the most ignored state executive in a recent piece by FiveThirtyEight that looked at the percentage of respondents who answered “no opinion/don’t know/don’t care” on approval polls. FiveThirtyEight noted that when poll […]

Government and politicians are the ‘most important’ problem in the U.S.

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The American people currently rate our country’s politicians the biggest problem facing the nation, according to a Gallup poll released Wednesday.

Putin’s poll numbers at record highs in Russia, lower than Congress and head lice in U.S.

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Darth Vader is more popular than President Barack Obama at the moment, but bad poll numbers are not a problem for Russian President Vladimir Putin in his home country. In spite of — or because of?– the downing of Malaysian Airlines 17 by pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine and the mustering of thousands of troops near […]

Poll shows extreme disapproval of Congress ahead of midterm elections

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The NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll shows that a whopping 74% of Americans label Congress unproductive, while only 22% believe our lawmakers in Washington to be productive. What’s more, 50% even more harshly identified the House and Senate as “very unproductive.”

Young Americans more likely to blame Israel over Hamas for current crisis in Gaza

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Young people are more likely to blame Israel for the current conflict in the Gaza Strip than they are Hamas, according to a recent Pew Research Center poll.