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August 12, 2019

A majority of Americans, regardless of their political affiliation, still favor a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, a new poll from the Pew Research Center suggests.

Overall, a healthy 72 percent of those surveyed think immigrants should be allowed to stay in the U.S. if requirements are met. There's a sizable difference along party lines, with 87 percent of Democrats agreeing with the statement, compared to 54 percent of Republicans.

Perhaps more notable is the drop-off in Republicans who favor a path to citizenship. Just over two years ago, 61 percent of those who reported a GOP affiliation said there should be a way for undocumented immigrants to stay in the U.S. That seven percent decrease likely contributes to the overall national decrease, which dropped from 77 percent to 72 percent between March 2017 and August 2019.

The poll was conducted between July 22 and Aug. 4 through self-administered web surveys taken by 4,175 randomly selected U.S. adults. The margin of error is 1.9 percentage points. Tim O'Donnell

February 25, 2019

Americans are worried major tech companies are misusing their digital data — but not enough to do much about it.

Survey results released Monday by IBM's Institute for Business Value found strong majorities of consumers say they have become more worried about how their data is used (81 percent); would like to see more transparency from (89 percent) and regulation of (87 percent) tech giants; and are less trusting of big tech companies than they used to be (75 percent).

But few are willing to change their personal habits to protect their own privacy. Only 16 percent have stopped using a service in response to data misuse. Just 45 percent bother to adjust their account privacy settings. And 71 percent say privacy sacrifices are worth it for the benefits big tech can offer.

To paraphrase Patrick Henry, give me privacy or give me — wait, this targeted ad is actually exactly the kind of sneaker I want to buy. Bonnie Kristian

February 19, 2019

Most Americans disapprove of President Trump's declaration of a national emergency, a new poll shows.

Sixty-one percent of U.S. adults said in a survey released Tuesday by NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist that they disapprove of Trump's declaration, with 36 percent approving. Among Republicans, 12 percent disapprove, while 94 percent of Democrats disapprove, and 63 percent of independents disapprove.

In general, respondents weren't convinced there really is a national emergency at the southern border, with 39 percent saying there is but 58 percent saying there is not. Additionally, 57 percent said Trump is misusing his presidential power by declaring a national emergency to fund a border wall, while 39 percent he's using it correctly.

Finally, 60 percent of respondents said the declaration should be challenged in court, and 54 percent of registered voters said it makes them less likely to vote for Trump in 2020; this includes 55 percent of independents.

NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist conducted its poll by speaking to 807 adults over the phone from Feb. 15-17. The margin of error is 4.6 percentage points. Read more at NPR. Brendan Morrow

February 11, 2019

A new poll has found that a stunning number of Americans believe wearing blackface as part of a Halloween costume is okay.

A poll from the Pew Research Center found that 34 percent of respondents felt blackface for a Halloween costume is either sometimes or always acceptable. This included 19 percent who said it's sometimes okay and 15 percent who said it's always okay. For comparison, 16 percent said doing so is rarely acceptable, while 37 percent said it's never acceptable.

Opinions on this issue vary depending on party affiliation and race, as the poll found that while 51 percent of Democrats said blackface as part of a Halloween costume is never acceptable, only 21 percent of Republicans said the same thing, with 50 percent of those on the right saying it's sometimes or always okay. Young Americans were also far less likely to think blackface is okay under any circumstances, with 41 percent of adults under 29 saying it's never acceptable, compared to 29 percent of people between the ages of 50 and 64 saying the same. And while 39 percent of white respondents said it's sometimes or always okay, only 18 percent of black respondents agreed.

This survey was released Monday, but was largely conducted before Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) came under fire for saying he wore blackface in medical school while dressing as Michael Jackson for a dance contest. His admission came after a photo from his yearbook page was published showing a person wearing blackface standing next to a person in a Ku Klux Klan robe.

Pew Research Center conducted the poll from Jan. 22 to Feb. 5 by surveying 5,599 adult respondents online. The margin of error is 1.7 percentage points. Brendan Morrow

January 23, 2019

The majority of American voters think President Trump may have been compromised by a foreign power, a new poll suggests.

In the latest survey from Politico/Morning Consult, 57 percent of registered voters said it is either "very" or "somewhat" likely that Russia has compromising information on Trump. A plurality, 36 percent, said it's "very" likely, while another 21 percent said it's "somewhat" likely. This is compared to 31 percent who said it's either not very likely or not likely at all, and 13 percent who weren't sure.

Additionally, 43 percent of voters believe Trump's presidential campaign worked with Russia to influence the outcome of the 2016 race, while 38 percent said they don't think the campaign did so, and 19 percent weren't sure. Even more voters, 49 percent, said they believe Trump has tried to "impede or obstruct" the investigation into Russian interference in the election.

These findings come on a catastrophically bad polling day for Trump, whose disapproval rating in this survey has reached a new high of 57 percent. The poll also shows that 72 percent of voters oppose funding the president's proposed border wall if it's the only way to end the government shutdown. Another poll from CBS released Wednesday, in which Trump's disapproval rating is also at its all-time high, shows that 71 percent of Americans believe the border wall is not worth the shutdown fight.

The Politico/Morning Consult poll was conducted from Jan. 18-22 by speaking to 1,996 registered voters. The margin of error is 2 percentage points. Read more results at Politico. Brendan Morrow

December 17, 2018

Just four in 10 Americans — 38 percent — said they'd vote re-elect President Trump in new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll results published Monday.

But those numbers sound like good news for the president with a little historical context, NBC reports: They're quite close to the support former Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama pulled after their party suffered midterm defeats in 1994 and 2010, respectively. Both went on to win re-election handily.

Still, the survey found a key difference between Trump's standing now and Obama's position eight years ago. Only 10 percent of respondents said "President Trump has gotten the message from the elections and is making the necessary adjustments" to his governing agenda. Fully 35 percent said the same of Obama in 2010.

Some, but not all, of that difference may be attributed to a larger proportion (31 percent in 2018 to 15 percent in 2010) claiming the midterms were not a message to the president at all. That was Trump's own argument after the midterms; before the election, he said he was on the ballot in a "certain way," but after GOP losses in the House Trump noted he "wasn't on the ballot." Bonnie Kristian

December 11, 2018

Americans are increasingly unhappy, a new CNN poll published Tuesday finds, with how President Trump and Special Counsel Robert Mueller are handling the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Approval for both has fallen since CNN asked the same questions in October:


Intriguingly, while each man's ratings vary along predictably partisan lines, Trump's performance in regards to the probe is a low point even for Republicans. GOP respondents ranked Trump well — often 80 percent support or higher — for his performance on other specific issues and for his presidency in general. But on the Russia probe, a bare majority of 51 percent approve of Trump, a record low.

See the full poll results here. The margin of error is +/- 3.8 percent. Bonnie Kristian

December 10, 2018

A pair of reports published Monday by Gallup and Pew Research show global interest in migration is rising while support for it is falling.

The Gallup survey found about 750 million people, 15 percent of the world's adults, said in the 2015 to 2017 polling period they would like to permanently move to another country. That's up from 13 percent in 2010 to 2012, though slightly lower than the 16 percent interest in 2007 to 2009. Interest in migration is on an upward trend in every region but Oceania and Asia, where it has held steady since 2010.


Pew's report, meanwhile, found a majority in 27 nations would prefer to maintain or lower the number of immigrants permitted to come to their country. Spain was the only nation polled in which more than a quarter of respondents said more immigrants should be allowed to move in, though the United States was a close second at 24 percent.

Concern about emigration is also high, Pew found, with a 27-nation median of 64 percent saying "people leaving their country for jobs in other countries is a very or moderately big problem." These emigration worries were around 80 percent or higher in Greece, Spain, Hungary, Italy, Tunisia, Argentina, and Mexico. Bonnie Kristian

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