Polls

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The hundreds of poll questions that have been asked about the environment over the past forty years paint a clear picture of the evolution of Americans’ attitudes. A careful reading of them shows that both sides of the political spectrum misunderstand key elements.

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This year marks the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, and polls show that Americans are sympathetic to efforts to protect the environment.

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Though public opinion of Hillary Clinton has varied over the past 23 years, it has generally been more positive than negative.

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Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her husband former U.S. President Bill Clinton hold up some steaks at the 37th Harkin Steak Fry in Indianola, Iowa, September 14, 2014. Reuters

This AEI Public Opinion Study examines views on Hillary Clinton as a first lady, senator, presidential candidate, and secretary of state.

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U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), a 2016 Republican White House hopeful, speaks at a campaign event in Milford, New Hampshire April 8, 2015. REUTERS/Joel Page

Ask Democrats tough questions about abortion, and their extremism on the issue becomes obvious.

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Why doesn’t the federal tax burden generate the bad feelings it once did? The polls we review at the American Enterprise Institute don’t tell us why tax sentiment has changed, though they do provide some clues.

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These two reports look at current public opinion on taxes and how it has changed over time.

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Americans are clearly reevaluating their views about President Obama’s stewardship of foreign affairs, and the results are anything but bright.

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In 2014, for the first time, more Americans said the Obama administration has made the United States less safe from terrorism than said the administration has made the US safer.

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The April issue of AEI’s Political Report compares public opinion on the George W. Bush and Obama administrations’ handling of terrorism, assesses how much terrorism and ISIS concern Americans, and examines public opinion on taxes.

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