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Susan Collins Votes for Big Out of State Money… While Taking Big Out of State Money

On Thursday, September 11 2014, a minority of members of the U.S. Senate voted to block passage of S.J.Res. 19, a constitutional amendment that would let Congress and the states limit the influence of big money in politics:

Section 1. To advance democratic self-government and political equality, and to protect the integrity of government […]

Meritocracy Loses In 2016 Presidential Poll

A new poll out by NBC and Marist shows, among voters in New Hampshire and Iowa, Hillary Clinton in the lead for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination and Jeb Bush in the lead for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton was shown to be far, far ahead of her nearest […]

More than Blacks, Jews or Gays, Atheists are Rejected by Americans in Presidential Politics

Earlier this week, Rowan created a visualization of Pew Research polling data regarding the rejection of atheists as marriage partners in the United States. The lesson was pretty clear: if you’re an atheist in the United States and you want to be accepted by your in-law’s family, you’re either going to need to be lucky, […]

Support For Obama Drops Among Atheists

Throughout his presidency Barack Obama has enjoyed a higher rate of support among atheists than among Christians. A new poll from Gallup shows that, although this higher rate of support from atheists continues, support for Obama from atheists has decreased by 20% since the first year of Obama’s presidency.

Currently, the rate of support […]

No Special Desire To Move Away In States With Same-Sex Marriage Equality

This pattern suggests that, when most people make decisions about whether they want to move to another state, they usually hold the laws regarding same-sex marriage in their states as a relatively low priority. […]

My Own New York Exploratory Republican Presidential Preference Poll

Yesterday, I received a New York Voter Exploratory Republican Presidential Preference Polling Ballot in the mail. Why would I receive a presidential preference poll from the Republicans, when I’ve never voted for a Republican in my life? I suppose the GOP data bots were programmed to note that I’m a political independent, and bring me […]

Burying the Lede: No Matter How Pew Asks, Majorities Oppose Massive Government Surveillance

“Government Surveillance: A Question Wording Experiment,” reads the latest release of polling data from the Pew Research Center. The story underneath reads:

To better understand how the manner in which the government’s surveillance program is described affects public evaluations, the Pew Research Center conducted a question wording experiment in a national telephone survey fielded between […]

Picture of a Panic: Fear of Crime and Actual Crime

The Gallup Poll does a great job of juxtaposing two trends. On the one hand, we have Americans who are consistently convinced each year that crime has worsened compared to the year before:

And on the other hand, we have actual crime report data from the Department of Justice, which shows that violent crime […]

The Faithful and the Fat: Religion Not Associated With Higher Well Being

By combining the data from two recent Gallup surveys, we can see that intense religious devotion seems to be a poor path for self-improvement. […]

Iowa Secular Voters Expand Influence Before 2016 Caucus

A campaign strategy that appeals to religious Iowans while shunning the significant secular minority in the state is unlikely to succeed. […]

When "Many in Poll Expected Jesus' Return" Means Most Actually Didn't

Many in Poll Expected Jesus’ Return by 2050

That’s the headline offered today by the Christian Broadcasting Network. You’ll have to look at the little words below the headline to notice that the poll was actually carried out three years ago. And despite the CBN’s declaration that “future hope remains strong,” a quick look at […]