Breaking news: Congress is unpopular! Plus, fresh poll findings about Election 2012, health care, and more
AEI Political Report, July 2012

In the July edition of AEI's Political Report, the AEI Politics team explores public attitudes towards Congress, the political parties, the health care ruling, the 2012 presidential election and more.

  AEI Political Report, July 2012

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  • Paid staff and blood relatives: Only 17 percent approve of the job Congress is doing, and just 13 percent have a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in Congress as an institution. In the latest poll, 51 percent say it’s time to give a new person a chance in their district; 61 percent do not want most members re-elected.  
  • Now what? Nearly all polls on the Supreme Court’s health care decision show closely divided opinions. In several, views about the law have ticked up. The real question is what Americans want to do next.  A slight majority (51 percent) would prefer to see all provisions repealed.
  • Obama-mentum: Six major pollsters now show the presidential race is neck and neck, but 58 percent of registered voters think Barack Obama is going to win, while only 34 percent think Mitt Romney will carry the day. Do people think Romney’s chances today are better than the generic Republican’s chances back in March?
  • Buckle up: Would Americans rather sit next to Romney or Obama on a long flight? What about you?

 

Breaking News: Congress is unpopular! Plus, fresh poll findings about Election 2012, health care, and more

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Karlyn
Bowman
  • Karlyn Bowman compiles and analyzes American public opinion using available polling data on a variety of subjects, including the economy, taxes, the state of workers in America, environment and global warming, attitudes about homosexuality and gay marriage, NAFTA and free trade, the war in Iraq, and women's attitudes. In addition, Ms. Bowman has studied and spoken about the evolution of American politics because of key demographic and geographic changes. She has often lectured on the role of think tanks in the United States and writes a weekly column for Forbes.com.
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Jennifer K.
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  • Jennifer K. Marsico is a senior research associate at AEI, working in the Political Corner. Her research focuses on elections and election reform, as well as government continuity issues. She is a visiting fellow at the Independent Women's Forum. She is also a contributor to the AEIdeas blog, and has also written for many outside print and online publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, and Roll Call. Ms. Marsico serves as assistant director of the AEI-Brookings Continuity of Government Commission, and has contributed to recent studies on Supreme Court continuity, voter registration modernization, and civic participation in the digital age.

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