Politics and Public Opinion

Polls about Detroit, Afghanistan, and abortion

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Public to Detroit: drop dead: In 1975, New York City faced bankruptcy and sought a federal bailout. After President Ford said that he would veto any bill calling for one, the Daily News ran the headline, “Ford to City: Drop Dead.”

In a poll taken in the fall of 1975, 11% told Roper interviewers that NYC’s problems were unique to the city, but 82% said other cities would sooner or later face the same kinds of problems. In a Gallup poll from the time, 43% were in favor of providing funding to help NYC get out of its difficulties, but 47% were opposed.

In a new poll, Quinnipiac University asked registered voters about their view of a bailout for Detroit. Thirty-three percent supported it, while 57% were opposed. A bare majority of Democrats (51%) supported a bailout. Only 28% of Independents and 18% of Republican registered voters did. Blacks were much more in favor than whites (57% and 26%, respectively).

Afghanistan attitudes: In a new ABC News/Washington Post poll, 67%, the highest response in 21 of their surveys, said the war in Afghanistan was not worth fighting and 28% said it was. In the pollsters’ questions about Iraq, the highest number ever giving the negative response was 66% (in April 2007).

Still, Americans don’t want to pull our troops out completely now. Forty-three percent said they would rather have the US remove all forces, but 53% said they wanted us to remove most but keep some there for training and anti-insurgency operations.

Forty-three percent said the war there had contributed to long-term US security, but 50% said it had not.

Marijuana usage: Support for legalization has been growing in recent polls. In a new Gallup poll, 38% admitted they had tried it.

The trend on young people’s reported usage is interesting. In 1969, 7% of 21–29 year olds said they had tried it. In its next poll, when Gallup expanded its age range, 36% of 18–29 years olds said they had. In 1977 and 1985, 56% said they had. That dropped to 46% in 1999. In the new poll, 36% of 18–29 years old said they had tried it.

Does incense count?: Gallup found a high correlation between religious worship attendance and smoking. The likelihood of smoking increases as church attendance becomes less frequent. Eighty-eight percent of those who attend church at least once a week were non-smokers. Twelve percent were smokers. Gallup notes that the correlation has a statistically significant relationship even after controlling for age, gender, and marital status.

Fries with that: Gallup found that eight in 10 Americans eat fast food at least once a month. Almost half report eating it weekly, while only four percent say they never dine at fast food establishments. Young adults were the most likely demographic group to chow down on fast food at least once a week. No big shock there. But surprisingly, those with higher income were more likely to eat fast food than those with lower ones. Thirty-nine percent with an annual income of $20,000 or less said they ate fast food weekly. In contrast, more than half (51%) of those who made $75,000 or more a year ate fast food weekly.

3 thoughts on “Polls about Detroit, Afghanistan, and abortion

  1. I wonder how many of the 33% that support bailing out Detroit are also among the nearly half of Americans who don’t pay any income tax. If it doesn’t look like you’ll be among those paying for it, why not bail out Detroit?

  2. The title says “Polls about Detroit, Afghanistan, and abortion” but there is nothing about “abortion’ in the post?

    However, there is something about smoking and fast food in the post.

    Am I missing something?

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