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Cast Your Vote: Did the Presidential Debates Make an Impact?

This week marked the third—and final—bout between the nominees before Americans head to the polls. We want to hear from you: Did these faceoffs influence how citizens will mark their ballots?

Posted on Oct 22, 2016 READ MORE


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Poll: How Strongly Should This Week’s Revelations Affect the Campaigns of Trump and Clinton?

Although both nominees faced controversy this week, it seemed that Donald Trump dominated the mainstream media spotlight. We want to hear from you: Are the revelations about the nominees serious enough to affect their presidential chances?

Posted on Oct 14, 2016 READ MORE

Cast Your Vote: What Is the Most Effective Form of Civil Resistance?

While activists fight for different causes, their forms of protest often are the same. We want to hear from you: Based on the week’s political news, what forms of protest are most likely to effect change?

Posted on Oct 1, 2016 READ MORE

Cast Your Vote: Which Topic Most Needs to Be Addressed in the First Presidential Debate?

This week gave Americans a sneak peek at the upcoming presidential debate, and Truthdig wants to know what you think is being left out of the political dialogue.

Posted on Sep 10, 2016 READ MORE

The World After Trump

So what will happen to the Trump voters after he loses big? They will be madder than hell, poisoned with Trump’s venom. They will be a ready-made constituency for the next demagogue.

Posted on Aug 28, 2016 READ MORE

Poll: Do You Support Bernie Sanders’ Our Revolution?

Truthdig presents a roundup of the week’s top political news and invites you to tell us how you feel about the Vermont senator’s new progressive organization.

Posted on Aug 27, 2016 READ MORE

New Poll Shows Hillary Clinton Tied With Donald Trump

In The New York Times/CBS News poll, both candidates garnered 40 percent of support of those polled—and both were perceived as untrustworthy by over 60 percent.

Posted on Jul 14, 2016 READ MORE

New Survey Finds That 85 Percent of Bernie Sanders Supporters Now Plan to Vote for Hillary Clinton

The survey, conducted by the Pew Research Center and released last week, also shows that 9 percent of Sanders supporters intend to vote for Donald Trump.

Posted on Jul 13, 2016 READ MORE

7 in 10 Americans Believe the Economy Is Rigged

Most feel they have less financial security than their parents had, a new poll reveals. And they fear the economic situation will only get worse.

Posted on Jun 28, 2016 READ MORE

‘Rigged’ 2016 Election Has Voters Feeling Helpless and Unheard

A new poll found that 90 percent of voters lack confidence in the country’s political system.

Posted on May 31, 2016 READ MORE

‘That Is Unbelievable’: Bernie Shocked by California’s Water Woes, Compares Crisis to Flint (Video)

Sanders joins a growing outrage over a crisis that is forcing people to buy bottled water.

Posted on May 31, 2016 READ MORE

Poll: Donald Trump Closing In on Hillary Clinton; Bernie Sanders Remains Formidable

Clinton now leads Trump nationally 48 to 45 percent, an unsettling development as the candidates enter their final stretch of primaries.

Posted on May 17, 2016 READ MORE

A Tough Night for Progressives as Clinton and Trump Edge Closer to Party Nominations

Bernie Sanders won only Rhode Island in Tuesday’s five presidential primary elections, and a handful of progressives running for Congress also had disappointing nights.

Posted on Apr 27, 2016 READ MORE

New York Daily News Editor Is Fired Amid Plagiarism Accusations

An editor removed the attributions from writer Shaun King’s column, causing a storm of plagiarism accusations against King (pictured).

Posted on Apr 22, 2016 READ MORE

Poll: Democrats Are Split by Age Between Sanders and Clinton

Rank-and-file Democrats are virtually split between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton nationwide, according to a new PRRI / The Atlantic poll.

Posted on Apr 8, 2016 READ MORE

Bernie Sanders’ Run Is No Fairy Tale

If you thought the political landscape couldn’t be more unsettled, think again. Hillary Clinton now faces not a coronation, not a cakewalk, but a contest—one she could lose.

Posted on Jan 15, 2016 READ MORE

Clinton’s Lead Over Sanders Shrinking Nationwide, Poll Shows

A new survey shows Hillary Clinton losing front-runner status as Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders gains among crucial voting blocs.

Posted on Jan 13, 2016 READ MORE

The Republican Nomination: Anyone Who Says Donald Trump Can’t Win Is in Deep Denial

A new poll released Thursday gives Trump a 16-point lead over his nearest competitor, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson. Jeb Bush stood at a measly 7 percent. Yikes.

Posted on Aug 27, 2015 READ MORE

Bernie Sanders’ Favorability Has Doubled Since March, Poll Shows

Bad news for Hillary: Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ favorable rating has increased to 24 percent, according to a new Gallup Poll.

Posted on Jul 25, 2015 READ MORE

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White Views on Ferguson Are Complicated By Age, Region and Politics

The events in Ferguson, Mo., have actually led to that national conversation on race we regularly recommend to ourselves.

Posted on Dec 5, 2014 READ MORE


Even California Democrats Are Walking Away From Obama

President Obama is not a very popular leader right now, but while his low approval ratings in states such as Alabama and Utah aren’t surprising, even blue state Californians are frustrated with the commander in chief.

Posted on Sep 2, 2014 READ MORE

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Netanyahu Has Staying Power Despite a Dip in the Polls

The number crunchers at the somewhat conservative Jerusalem Post have taken a look at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s polling and determined that he was at his most popular (82 percent approval) when he sent ground troops into Gaza. Israeli casualties appear to have kneecapped his popularity.

Posted on Aug 26, 2014 READ MORE


Poll: Americans Continue to Worry About the Economy

The stock market has been soaring for the last five years, but Americans overall take a negative view of the economy.

Posted on May 28, 2014 READ MORE

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The Hillary Difference

President Obama’s difficulties do not appear to be hurting Hillary Clinton’s chances of winning the presidency in 2016.

Posted on May 5, 2014 READ MORE


Why Republicans Can Get Away With Killing Minimum Wage Increase

On Wednesday the Senate failed to pass an increase in the minimum wage, even though two-thirds of Americans want it. How can this be?

Posted on Apr 30, 2014 READ MORE


Throw the Bums Out: Americans Sour on Their Own Representatives

Usually when we report on voters’ disapproval of Congress, it’s with the caveat that most people like their own incumbents. That’s not so anymore.

Posted on Jan 24, 2014 READ MORE


Chris Christie Drops 22 Points in New Jersey, Threatening His Chances of Becoming President

Although earlier data showed little impact on the New Jersey governor’s popularity, a new poll shows that Chris Christie may finally pay a political price for the closing of lanes to the George Washington Bridge.

Posted on Jan 22, 2014 READ MORE


Poll: Most Americans Don’t Really Care About Chris Christie Bridge Scandal

For all the print and pixels spilled over New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s political troubles, he turns out to be pretty untroubled where actual voters are concerned.

Posted on Jan 15, 2014 READ MORE


Three Reasons Obama Had a Terrible Year

President Obama’s job approval rating began dropping almost from the beginning of 2013, and it never really recovered.

Posted on Jan 3, 2014 READ MORE


Four Reasons Republicans Might Take Back the Senate in 2014

A new poll shows the GOP on top of the Democrats heading into the midterm elections next year and while it’s far too soon to be definitive, the numbers should alarm the president and his party.

Posted on Dec 26, 2013 READ MORE

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A Majority of Americans Supports Legalizing Marijuana

We’ve come a long way since Gallup first starting asking the question in 1969, when only 12 percent favored legalized cannabis.

Posted on Oct 22, 2013 READ MORE

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Even More Americans Than Before Blame GOP for Shutdown

Things are not looking good for the Republicans, as the Grand Old Party takes more of the blame every week for the shutdown that has crippled the government.

Posted on Oct 15, 2013 READ MORE


Republican Favorability Dives to Record Low

Only 28 percent of those polled had a favorable view of Republicans—that’s down 10 points from last month and “the lowest favorable rating measured for either party since Gallup began asking this question in 1992.”

Posted on Oct 9, 2013 READ MORE


Syria Offers to Turn Over Chemical Weapons for Destruction

Syria has publicly consented to a Russian plan that would see the destruction of its chemical weapons stockpile and avoid an attack by the United States.

Posted on Sep 9, 2013 READ MORE

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Poll Pinpoints Public’s Climate Fears

A multinational insurance group’s global survey reveals high public anxiety about the effects of climate change—with 84 percent of people polled saying they expect more natural disasters in the future.

Posted on Sep 5, 2013 READ MORE


Weiner Tries to Outrun 80 Percent Unfavorable Rating

New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner has set a record unfavorable rating in a new poll. The candidate meanwhile has released a TV ad focusing “like a laser beam” on his ideas, not his junk.

Posted on Aug 12, 2013 READ MORE


Measuring GOP Extremism: What Carville and Greenberg’s Latest Polling Reveals

It is becoming increasingly plain that the most formidable obstacle to national progress and global security is the Republican Party—and specifically the extremist factions that currently dominate the GOP.

Posted on Aug 1, 2013 READ MORE

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Poll: Snowden Is a Whistle-Blower, Not a Traitor

American lawmakers on the hunt for NSA leaker Edward Snowden may want to take a look at the latest poll from Quinnipiac University, which finds “Almost every party, gender, income, education, age and income group regards Snowden as a whistle-blower rather than a traitor.”

Posted on Jul 10, 2013 READ MORE

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Poll: Voters Will Punish Congress for Gun Control Cowardice

There are two questions on every issue that every politician worries about: Do my constituents care? And, more importantly, how much do they care?

Posted on Jun 14, 2013 READ MORE

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For the First Time in Years, Most Americans Like George W. Bush

Although it’s true that people tend to feel better about presidents the further removed they are from office, not every president is George W. Bush.

Posted on Jun 11, 2013 READ MORE

How to Reach the Last 20 Percent

There’s a big reason climate change differs from so many public policy challenges: Unlike other crises, addressing the planet’s major environmental crisis truly requires mass consensus.

Posted on Jan 11, 2013 READ MORE

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Americans Think Obama Will Win, Polls Be Damned

It’s going down to the wire as an extremely close election, but a majority of Americans (54 percent) believes Barack Obama will beat Mitt Romney, according to Gallup, even though the same polling outfit shows Romney in the lead.

Posted on Oct 31, 2012 READ MORE

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Are You Fatter Than You Were Four Years Ago?

The candidates have talked a lot about health care this election cycle, but not so much about the actual health of Americans. According to a study by Gallup, adult Americans of just about every age are likelier to be obese today than they were in 2008.

Posted on Oct 24, 2012 READ MORE

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Democrats, Especially, Struggle to Register New Voters

A Guardian survey of six swing states finds new voter registration markedly down from 2008 levels, particularly among Democrats. A lack of enthusiasm could be to blame, as could the nationwide effort by Republican-controlled state legislatures to make it more difficult to vote.

Posted on Oct 3, 2012 READ MORE

Republicans Lost the War With Women the Moment They Declared It

A new poll shows that Obama will likely win re-election thanks overwhelmingly to female voters. Fight a war with women and you’ll lose, because women have always had to fight harder.

Posted on Sep 27, 2012 READ MORE

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Women Give Obama a Huge Boost in Swing States

Women in Ohio prefer Barack Obama to Mitt Romney by a margin of 25 points, according to a new poll. In Pennsylvania, it’s 21 points and in Florida, another swing state, women gave the president a 19-point edge.

Posted on Sep 26, 2012 READ MORE

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Health Care: Give the People What They Want

Most Americans want pretty much the same outcome from health care reform, and it’s not what either major-party candidate is offering.

Posted on Jun 20, 2012 READ MORE

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Poking Holes in Pakistan

U.S. officials are awfully chuffed over the ability to reach out and bomb someone—most recently it’s maybe, possibly, al-Qaida’s No. 2 Abu Yahya al-Libi and at least four others. Pakistani complaints about a flurry of drone strikes in the last two weeks are falling on deaf ears.

Posted on Jun 5, 2012 READ MORE

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20 Years After the L.A. Riots and Nothing Has Changed

The killing of Trayvon Martin is a reminder of the racial divide poisoning American life, which has resisted all attempts to bridge it, even after the country elected its first African-American president.

Posted on Apr 17, 2012 READ MORE

‘Freedom Watch’ Goes Dark

In this clip from his axed Fox Business show, “Freedom Watch,” Judge Andrew Napolitano asks some questions that may be too advanced for the average viewer of the Murdochian network—or any habitual viewer of any major network looking to absorb the latest talking points and get on with her day.

Posted on Feb 14, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN

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