In a recent poll by Politico, they asked "Which of the following comes closest to your own views when you think about the United States?" The number one answer to that question that made the morning headlines was: "Things in the U.S. feel like they are out of control right now.........64%
Other poll results:
Do you consider yourself to be either a supporter or not a supporter of the Tea Party movement?
- Not a supporter...58%
- Not sure...25%
Do you think that things in the nation are:
- Generally headed in the right direction...20%
- Off on the wrong track...50%
- Not sure...30%
- Decline to answer...1%
Thinking ahead several years, is your outlook about the United States generally optimistic or generally pessimistic?
Do you approve or disapprove of the job performance of...
- NET: Approve.............47%
- NET: Disapprove.........53%
Democrats in Congress:
- NET: Approve.............38%
- NET: Disapprove.........61%
Republicans in Congress
- NET: Approve............30%
- NET: Disapprove........70%
* My note: I've noticed that overall, Obama is more favored than either the Democrats or the Republicans in Congress, but the emphasis in the media is that more people disapprove of Obama than approve — as can be demonstrated here at Politico in the first image of the article.
On Obamacare: 41% favor repealing the Affordable Care Act and 41% think their healthcare will get worse with Obamacare — and 57% think they will pay more.
* My note: The poll doesn't ask if they know the difference between Obamacare and the Affordable Care Act — or that it provides for Medicaid. A CNBC survey found that 46% of Americans oppose Obamacare, yet only 37% oppose the Affordable Care Act.
Which party do you think is closer to big business and Wall Street? Democrats, Republicans, or are both parties equally close to big business and Wall Street?
- Both parties equally close....51%
* My note: The poll didn't ask how they thought about Progressives, such as Elizabeth Warren, who want to reform Wall Street.
In the last year, have you posted political-oriented content or commentary on a social media site? 81% said "no".
44% say they think of themselves as a "moderate".
* My note: A study by the Democratic think tank Third Way, which claims to promote what it believes to be more "centrist" policies (Hillary Clinton is a centrist, and favors Wall Street), finds "moderates" are most likely to answer the question “do you favor a larger government providing more services or a smaller government providing fewer services,” with “I do not think of government in those terms” or “I don’t know.”
But an article in The Washington Post contends that “moderates possess lower levels of political information and are less likely to be politically engaged than those who are closer to one of the ideological poles.” But when asked more pointed questions, 53% of moderate responders answered that they were more concerned with the government not doing enough for the economy.
When asked, 17% said they had a member of their household who belonged to a labor union.
* My note: I also noticed that half of those polled had household incomes greater than $75,000 a year and 79% owned a home — and only half were paid employees (wage earners). If the poll had only asked millionaires these questions, or only those with incomes of $27,519 a year (the U.S. median income) the answers would be quite different — and would most likely be more favorable to the Democrats. Sentier Research reports the median annual household income in July 2014 was $54,045 — which would indicate a dual (or multiple) income household earning the median wage of $27,519.10 (x2 = $55,038.20)
Language of Politico poll interview: English...97% (a far greater percentage of the actual U.S. demographics).