750 million people worldwide want to emigrate, but few want to welcome them10:39 a.m.
Poll: Americans have lost hope in bipartisanshipNovember 26, 2018
Poll: Most Democrats think Republicans are bigoted. Most Republicans think Democrats are spiteful.November 12, 2018
Poll: Only half of Americans have faith in democracyNovember 5, 2018
Republicans are increasingly happy with the federal governmentOctober 8, 2018
Both Republicans and Democrats believe midterm election fraud will help their opponentsSeptember 17, 2018
Poll: Voters increasingly think women handle policy issues better than menAugust 27, 2018
2 in 3 want the Mueller probe done by the midtermsAugust 14, 2018
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.
— Pew Research Center (@pewresearch) December 10, 2018
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
The 2006 midterms saw a new Democratic majority in the House of Representatives, while the GOP still held the White House via then-President George W. Bush. Polled by Gallup about the prospect of inter-party cooperation, Americans were reasonably optimistic, with about half expecting cooperation from each side.
No more. Posed the same question in a Gallup poll published Monday about the coming divided government, only a third said they expect President Trump to cooperate with House Democrats, and even fewer anticipate Democrats will work with Trump.
A majority of Democrats say Republicans are racist, bigoted, sexist, and ignorant; while a majority of Republicans say Democrats are spiteful. Nearly half — 49 percent — of Republicans also said Democrats are ignorant, which is within the three-point margin of error of to be a majority statement as well.
Asked about positive descriptors, results were similarly bleak. Fewer than 5 percent of either party would characterize people in the other as fair, thoughtful, or kind. However, fewer than a quarter of each side were willing to make the leap to labeling their political opponents outright "evil." Bonnie Kristian
Just half of Americans report they have faith in U.S. democracy in a new Axios/Survey Monkey poll conducted late last month and reported Monday. Nearly one in 10 say they never had faith in democracy in the first place, and 37 percent report they once had faith but have now lost it.
Axios and Survey Monkey have asked the same question six times since October 2016 and found a rise in democratic faith around the presidential election that was erased over the following 12 months with steady numbers since.
While no demographic group expressed more than 70 percent faith in democracy, some demographics were substantially more likely to express it than others. White people and Hispanics, Republicans, suburbanites, men, the elderly, the college educated, and supporters of President Trump were the most likely to say they have faith in democracy now.
By contrast, black people, women, voters aged 18-34, urbanites, those with a high school education or less, Gary Johnson voters in 2016, nonvoters, and political independents were disproportionately likely to say they never had faith.
And self-identified liberal Democrats were the demographic most likely, at 55 percent, to say they have lost their faith in American democracy. Bonnie Kristian
The Republican Party has long cast itself as a bulwark protecting "real America" against Washingtonian overreach — in recent years, think the Tea Party or President Trump's pledge to "drain the swamp" — but new Gallup poll results published Monday show the GOP is rapidly embracing the federal government.
This time last year, just 47 percent of Republican and Republican-leaning respondents told Gallup they were satisfied with "the way the nation is being governed." This year, that figure has surged to 72 percent.
Unsurprisingly, satisfaction with governance is markedly partisan. Just 10 percent of Democrats have expressed this satisfaction since Trump took office, and Republican satisfaction hovered at a similar level throughout former President Barack Obama's tenure. However, the divergence was not so dramatic during the early years of the George W. Bush administration; in 2001 and 2002, Democrats' satisfaction was in the 40s, only about 40 percentage points lower than Republicans' record high of 82 percent. Bonnie Kristian
Americans on both sides of the aisle are worried about meddling in the midterm elections, a new NPR/Marist poll finds, and they're convinced it won't help their party.
Asked which party potential voter fraud would favor in the midterms, 77 percent of Democrats said it would help Republicans, and 67 percent of Republicans said it would favor Democrats. Independents were split, but slightly more (41 to 36 percent, with a 4 percent margin of error throughout the survey) believe the GOP would benefit.
Party affiliation also corresponded with disagreement on what sort of meddling is likely to happen. A majority of Democrats are suspicious of foreign interference from Russia or another country, while Republicans are overwhelmingly concerned with a more domestic threat: voter suppression or illicit voting, especially by immigrants who are not U.S. citizens.
As NPR notes, there's no evidence of foreign manipulation of U.S. ballots (Russian election interference techniques were more indirect). And many of the very few improper votes that are cast each election are accidental, like the Texas woman sentenced to five years in prison for unintentionally violating the law by voting while on probation.
The survey also found a significant split on whether "many votes" will simply not be counted. While most white voters aren't concerned this may happen, a majority of non-white voters think it will.
When asked to compare the performance of male and female politicians on various aspects of holding elected office, most Americans rank them equally. But for those who say one gender performs better than the other, a new survey reported Monday at The Washington Post notes, women increasingly and consistently win the day.
The study polled voters' views on how each gender handles 12 specific policy issues, leadership, representation of their constituents, civility, and ethics. In each case, a majority or plurality ranked men and women equally. But even on traditionally "male" issues, like foreign affairs and gun regulations, more preferred women's approach than men's. Perhaps the most striking disparity was on civility, where 46 percent held the genders are equal, but 45 percent preferred women and only 9 percent preferred men.
"More voters think women would do a better job — on everything — than believe that of men," summarizes Melissa Deckman, a professor of public affairs at Washington College who conducted the poll.
This held true across party lines, though Democrats were more likely to rate women better, and Republicans did give men preference on four issues: gun policy, law enforcement, immigration, and foreign affairs. Women elected to public office in America are nearly three times more likely to be Democrats than Republicans. Read The Week's Gracy Olmstead on how the GOP could shift that balance. Bonnie Kristian
Two in three Americans are ready for Special Counsel Robert Mueller to wind down his probe into Russian election meddling efforts and alleged Trump campaign collusion. In fact, a new CNN poll finds, they'd like him to be finished by the midterms.
While answers vary along predictably partisan lines — fully 72 percent of Republican respondents said they're ready to shut it down — even most Democrats (57 percent) would like the investigation to end before it's time to vote. Mueller has led the inquiry since May 2017.
The same survey found 3 in 10 say Mueller's conclusions will be "extremely important" to their voting decisions. Democrats and those who disapprove of President Trump are more likely than average to want the probe results available to inform their vote. Additionally, 7 in 10 say Trump should testify for Mueller if requested, and 56 percent say they believe the president has already tried to interfere in the investigation. Bonnie Kristian