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Politics and Public Opinion, Polls

The Contract at 20 and GOP fortunes today

Twenty years ago this week, 367 members of Congress stood on the Capitol steps and signed a document called the Contract with America. Although several polls in October 1994 showed that around 70% of Americans were not aware of the Contract, its positive, forthright agenda infused GOP leaders and activists with energy and contributed to massive change in the 1994 elections. read more >

U.S. Congress
Politics and Public Opinion, Society and Culture

Americans ‘surprisingly uncertain’ what their branches of government are, new survey reveals

In the relatively short survey administered to 1,416 adults and published on September 17, 2014 (Constitution Day), the APPC found that 35% of respondents could not name even one branch of government in the US. Only a little more than a third of respondents (36%) could name all three branches of government. read more >

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Politics and Public Opinion, Polls

Occupy Wall Street at 3

Three years ago, a diverse collection of protestors began assembling in New York City’s Zuccotti Park. Known as Occupy Wall Street for their opposition to large financial institutions on Wall Street, their numbers swelled for a time. The movement got a huge amount of media attention, and pollsters tested the waters. Were Americans turning against Wall Street and the free enterprise system? How did they view inequality? We watched the polls closely at the time and have continued to monitor them. Views about Wall Street deteriorated sharply after the financial crash. read more >

U.S. Congress
Foreign and Defense Policy, Defense, Politics and Public Opinion

The War Powers Act revisited?

Following the beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff, members of Congress are calling for more oversight in the war against ISIS—and that means discussion of a new War Powers Resolution. Under the War Powers Act of 1973, a Watergate-era reform meant to boost congressional power, a president has 60 days from the onset of hostilities to seek congressional approval for the continuation of the engagement. read more >