Tag Archive: Public Opinion


The Conservative Shift In Public Opinion Has Happened In All 50 States

 

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” Recently on this blogLarry Bartels drew attention to an astonishing fact: the public is as conservative as it has been in 50 years. To highlight this point, Professor Bartels presented the public’s policy mood — James Stimson’s measure of public support for government programs—from 1950 to 2012. In a recent article, Julianna Koch and I generated measures of policy mood for each state from the 1950s to 2010 (our measures our here). What we found is that the conservative opinion shift Professor Bartels highlighted repeats itself in every state.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

POLLS SHOW OBAMA, DEMS LOSING PUBLIC OPINION BATTLE OVER SHUTDOWN, OBAMACARE

 

 

 

 

 

” Much has been made over the past week and a half or so over the partial government shutdown, who is winning the battle, and what policies will result from it. 

Establishment Republicans continue taking sideswipes at grassroots-oriented conservatives, especially Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT). Some in the establishment of the GOP have even stooped to calling Cruz and Lee, and their grassroots supporters, “traitors.” 

Meanwhile, across the aisle, Democrats like President Barack ObamaSenate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi accuse the Tea Party movement of being vitriolic, hateful, and nefariously motivated. The establishment’s friends in the mainstream media echo those smears and hold off-the-record meetings at the White House with the president.

Despite the establishment’s hue and cry about grassroots conservatives, Cruz, Lee, and their conservative counterparts in the House and the movement’s leaders outside the halls of Congress are winning the debate. President Obama’s approval rating has plummeted to 37 percent, and his disapproval rating has skyrocketed to 53 percent.

More polling data shows that compared to the 1995 shutdown, Americans are much more split on who to blame this time around. In 1995, a Gallup/CNN/USA Today poll found that 49 percent blamed congressional Republicans for the shutdown, 26 percent blamed then-President Bill Clinton, and 19 percent blamed both.

This time around, Americans are more evenly split.”

 

 

Imagine where the numbers would be with a free and fair press .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How Obama Poisoned Race Relations in America

” A new poll by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal reveals that public perceptions about race relations in America have taken a devastating hit since the election of Barack Obama. At the beginning of the president’s first term, 79 percent of whites and 63 percent of blacks had a positive view of American race relations. Those numbers have plummeted to 52 percent and 38 percent, respectively. Meanwhile, 45 percent of whites now consider race relations fairly or very bad, compared with 20 percent in 2009, and the negative views held by black Americans has jumped from 30 percent to 58 percent. Thus, the idea that the election of Barack Obama would usher in a golden age of so-called post-racial relations has exploded. And the president and his administration bear the lion’s share of the responsibility for lighting the fuse.”

NRA Winning the Influence Battle Over Gun Control

 

Gun Control Influence Infographic

 
” The gun control debate is clearly one of the most contentious and controversial issues in America today.  And the battle over gun control is now being waged through intensive media campaigns from both sides of the political spectrum to influence public opinion and to assert pressure on policy makers.  So who’s winning?   To find out, we turned to objective data provided exclusively to Forbes Insights  by Appinions, the influence marketing platform.  Keep in mind Forbes Insights has no agenda other than to shed research light on the process of measuring influence and what we can learn from it.  The facts are objective, whatever your perspective on the issue may be. We certainly don’t aim to promote either side and are just stating the facts of influence and who is leading or gaining ground through the lens of influence “

 

The republicans are always there with a hand out for support from us gun owners yet what do they offer in return ? Nothing but excuses and handwringing …

 

Republican politicians are missing from the debate. The debate is an influence battle between President Barack Obama’s Democrats and Wayne LaPierre’s NRA. Of the top 25 stakeholders in the debate, there is only 1 prominent Republican politician (Chris Christie – who is pro-gun control). Barack Obama leads the pro-gun control voice with a net influence score of 268. LaPierre leads the anti-gun control side with a net influence score of 240.

 

It’s  Not About Conspiracy, It’s About Centralization

 

 

 

 

” “The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the [public] is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.”

–Edward Bernays

 

Bernays had a student, a very infamous student who perfected the work Bernays pioneered.  This student credited Bernays for his and his country’s successful implementation of these techniques in mass control:

It is the absolute right of the state to supervise the formation of public opinion.

 Not every item of news should be published. Rather must those who control news policies endeavor to make every item of news serve a certain purpose. ” 

Cause for Optimism ?

Are we witnessing the beginning of a ” preference cascade ‘ ?

  “It wasn’t just a bad week for Obama.  Romney has played his cards well, effectively presenting his economic message adding a significant narrative about educational reform.  As Napoleon is said to have advised, “Never interfere with an enemy when he is in the process of destroying himself.”  Following that advice can require real skill and discipline, especially when the mainstream media is nearly frantic to change the subject.  We all enjoyed the “blockbuster scoop” about Romney’s alleged misadventures in high school from half a century ago, didn’t we?

What I believe we are seeing here is the beginning of a “preference cascade,” a term made popular by Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit fame.  It’s a fascinating concept, applied originally to the process by which oppressive governments fall.”