Public Opinion

The State of Objective Journalism and Democracy in Trump’s America

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By Glynn Wilson – WASHINGTON, D.C. — Since the early days of science and later objective journalism, we have known that reaching breakthroughs in knowledge is gained over time in fits and starts. A scientist, or a journalist for that matter, practicing the American invention of objective journalism, becomes immersed in the literature of a…

Gallup Poll: Trump’s Unpopularity Drives Public Favorability to Democrats

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By Glynn Wilson – WASHINGTON, D.C. — The shrinking popularity of President Donald Trump and the public pronouncements and policies of his administration are creating a boost for Democrats that could play out to their advantage going into the 2018 mid-term election cycle. A Gallup poll just released shows a significant increase in the American…

National Media Scrambles to Understand Alabama Politics

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By Glynn Wilson – WASHINGTON, D.C. — With less than a week to go before a special election runoff in an national Senate race that could be a harbinger of the future for Alabama and the country, feisty former Judge Roy Moore is still holding off the big money and leading Senator Luther Strange by…

President Trump, Republicans in Congress Face Stunning Defeat on Healthcare

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By Glynn Wilson – President Donald Trump and the Republicans in Congress suffered a stunning political defeat on Friday when House leaders withdrew legislation to repeal Obamacare and replace it with Trumpcare, when it became obvious they did not have the votes to pass the so-called American Health Care Act to replace the Affordable Care…

Voters Don’t Trust Trump on Health Care, Russia, Wiretapping Claim

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Voters Think Attorney General Jeff Sessions Should Resign – By Glynn Wilson – A new national poll shows there’s very little support among American voters for the Republican American Health Care Act, the bill offered up by the Trump administration to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. Only 24 percent…

Forty Percent of Americans Want Trump Impeached Already

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By Glynn Wilson – Less than two weeks into Donald J. Trump’s tenure as President of the United States, already 40 percent of Americans say they want him impeached and removed from office in an unprecedented public backlash to his policies, according to a new survey just out from Public Policy Polling. Yet it is…

Looking Back on Tumultuous Year, 2016

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Connecting the Dots – By Glynn Wilson – What a year it has been. Whether you liked it and prospered or were horrified by some of the stories and events, it was a year to remember, even if many people would simply like to forget. To write a year in review column, I was looking…

Americans Are ‘Shocked’ and ‘Surprised’ By Trump’s Election

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By Glynn Wilson – WASHINGTON, D.C. — The number one reaction from Americans when asked their feelings on Donald Trump’s win in the presidential election was “surprise.” A large majority of Americans, 75 percent, say they were shocked to see how the election came out, according to the latest Gallup poll on the subject. Perhaps…

US Presidential Election Too Close to Call in Final Week

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By Glynn Wilson – With only four days to go until voting commences in the 2016 presidential election, surveys show the contest for the White House is too close to call, with Democrat Hillary Clinton barely leading nationally with 45 percent of support compared to Republican Donald Trump’s 42 percent, well within the 3 percentage…

American Voters Not Sure Clinton or Trump Would Make a Great President

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By Glynn Wilson – WASHINGTON, D.C. — On the eve of the first major general election presidential debate, American voters are not confident either party’s candidate would make a great president, according to the latest Gallup poll on the subject. Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will go into the debate Monday night as the…

Public Trust in American Press Falls to New Low

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By Glynn Wilson – WASHINGTON, D.C. — Public trust and confidence in the American press and mass media has fallen to its lowest level in Gallup polling history, according to the latest survey on the subject. Only 32 percent of Americans now say they have a great deal or fair amount of trust in the…

Handicapping the U.S. Presidential Election

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By Glynn Wilson – Voting day for the presidential election of 2016 is less than three months down the road now, Tuesday, November 8, and there’s still no clear front runner. People have their opinions, but to what source should people pay attention in such matters? I was just out in the yard talking to…