A new Public Policy Polling survey revealed Thursday that Sen. John McCain is the least popular senator in the country, with an approval rating of only 30 percent among Arizona voters.
McCain scored low with both Republicans and Democrats.
Some 44 percent of Arizona voters disapprove of McCain’s job performance and 16 percent aren’t sure, according to the left-leaning poll.
Among fellow Republicans, McCain has only a 35 percent approval rating. Among Democrats, his approval rating is only 29 percent.
Though the Republican senator isn’t up for reelection until 2016, the poll suggests his time as a congressman is up. While he hasn't announced another run, McCain said he is still considering reelection.
McCain has served in the U.S. Congress since 1982. He was elected to the Senate in 1986.
PPP conducted the poll among 870 registered Arizona voters.
A shocking poll released today found that one in four Americans are unaware that the Earth revolves around the Sun.
The poll, conducted by the National Science Foundation, surveyed more than 2,200 people, notes AFP.
Only 74 percent knew that the Earth revolved around the Sun, according to the results released at the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Chicago.
The survey included ten questions about science, which Americans scored a 6.5 on average.
Less than half Americans know or believe that human beings evolved from an earlier species of animals, also known as evolution.
CNET reports that only 33 percent of Americans said science should get more funding from the government.
In 2013, The New York Times reported that 40 percent of Americans did not know that Obamacare was actually a law (since 2010).
Newsweek reported in 2011 that 29 percent of Americans couldn’t name the vice president, 73 percent didn't know why the U.S. fought the Cold War and 44 percent were unable to define the Bill of Rights.
According to a new poll, most Republicans believe that poor people are poor because they do not work hard enough.
A recent survey by the Pew Research Center showed that 57 percent of Republicans believe that people are wealthy because "he or she worked harder than others." In a separate poll, 51 percent of Republicans believe that poor people have low incomes because they don't work hard enough.
Most of the country disagrees with the GOP, as an overall poll states that 51 percent of Americans believe the wealthy got rich via their advantages in life, notes TalkingPointsMemo.com.
Only 32 percent of Republicans polled believe that people are poor due to circumstances beyond their control.
AlterNet.org recently reported on 11 common occupations that pay the minimum wage (or close to) $7.25, putting many workers in poverty. The positions included: airport workers, big-box store employees (Target, Walmart, Home Depot), casino jobs, fast-food workers, home health aides, fishing industry, truckers, construction workers, nail salon employees, farm workers and housekeepers/maids.
The US war in Afghanistan is our nation's longest ever, clocking in at 13 years so far. America has spent billions of dollars, lost 2,289 troops and had another 19,000 wounded.
According to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, 66 percent of Americans say the war is not worth the cost and 50 percent “strongly” believe the war is not worth losing American lives and taxpayer money.
The Washington Post says that most Americans have opposed the war since since 2010, but the US government continues to pour money and lives into a country that has never been successfully invaded.
However, 55 percent of Americans still want to keep some U.S. forces in Afghanistan, even though the Afghan President Hamid Karzai has skewered America numerous times for its "help" in the so-called "War on Terror."
About 40 percent of Americans want all US troops out of Afghanistan, which could happen as Afghan President Karzai has refused to sign an agreement that would keep US military troops in the country after 2014.
The Obama administration did reduce the number of US troops from 47,000 to 32,000 in February, which did not lead to the calamities predicted by Republicans.
A new Associated Press-GfK poll released earlier this week shows that 57 percent of Americans polled believe the United States did “the wrong thing” by invading Afghanistan in 2001.
No one involved in 9/11 was from Afghanistan, but there were reports in 2001 that some al-Qaeda members trained in the country with the Taliban.
But it's generally believed that by the time US forces arrived, al-Qaeda members, including leader Osama Bin Laden, had migrated to neighboring Pakistan.
According to the Associated Press-GfK poll, 53 percent of Americans say the rate of withdrawal of US troops is too slow, 34 percent think it's right and 10 percent claim it is too fast.
Texas State Rep. Pat Fallon recently went on a rant about the supposed "War on Christmas" and bragged about how he and his wife have created some religious "Merry Christmas" T-shirts for school kids to wear.
According to RightWingWatch.org, Fallon told the "Wallbuilders Live" radio show today (audio below) that the T-shirts read "Merry Christmas" on the front and "Jesus is the reason for the season" on the back, and people better like it.
"And I tell you right now," said the angry Christian lawmaker, "They'd better not send any of those children home, or there's going to be some issues."
However, most Americans do not agree with Fallon, in fact, most people could care less.
A poll by the Pew Research Center last December asked Americans whether they prefer businesses to greet them with “Merry Christmas,” or “less religious terms such as ‘Happy Holidays’ and ‘Season’s Greetings.’”
57 percent picked “Merry Christmas," 27 percent said less religious terms and 15 percent said they didn't care.
But when “It doesn’t matter” became an option in a second poll, it got 46 percent, while 42 percent voted for “Merry Christmas" and 12 percent liked less religious terms.
After a recent poll concluded that the majority of Californians favor the legalization of marijuana, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the state may soon make that a reality.
A brand new survey from The Field Poll, released on Tuesday, found that of the 55 percent of people polled were in favor of marijuana legalization. Of that 55 percent, 47 percent believe it should come with regulations such as age restrictions while eight percent believe that anyone should be able to buy it freely.
“I don’t think it’s any worse than alcohol,” said 62-year-old poll respondent Janice Holland. “So I think at a certain point people have the ability — and the brain growth, when you’re adults — to make decisions about whether or not you want to get high.”
The Field Poll began surveying people in California regarding marijuana legalization in 1969, and back then, a similar survey found that 75 percent were against the legalization of the drug while only 13 percent were for it. The difference in results between then and now is a clear sign of the overall change in attitude towards the controversial drug.
In addition to seeking opinions regarding the legalization of marijuana, the survey found that the majority of people in California would be in favor of a new initiative that sets out to decriminalize hemp and cannabis usage.
The initiative, which is being set forth by the California Cannabis Hemp Initiative 2014 advocacy group, is seeking to legalize the use of hemp and cannabis for all purposes and would set restrictions for marijuana usage, such as a 21-year-old age minimum for purchase and a standard level of intoxication, much like there is currently with alcohol. Of those surveyed, 56 percent said that they would vote yes for this initiative if it was on the ballot this coming November.
“It is more clear than ever that Californians are ready to try something new,” said Stephen Gutwillig of the Drug Policy Alliance. “They’re ready to control marijuana in a different way.”
Marijuana legalization could actually happen in California in 2014, experts say.
While Republicans bash Obamacare on a daily basis and long for the "good old days" of American health care, a new poll says 30 percent of Americans did not get medical care before Obamacare because they could not afford it.
According to a new poll by Gallup, about three in ten Americans didn't get medical care because of the high cost. Additionally, the poll showed that 59 percent of uninsured people didn't get health care because of prices. Low income Americans and younger people were especially likely not to get medical care because of costs.
Gallup concludes: "If the Affordable Care Act [Obamacare] -- which is designed to ensure that all Americans have affordable health coverage -- works as intended, fewer Americans should need to put off getting necessary medical treatment because of cost. This could positively affect individuals' personal health situations and workplace productivity."
TalkingPointsMemo.com reported that nearly 1.5 million low income Americans signed up for Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) after the programs were expanded by Obamacare on Oct. 1.
However, only 36 states have taken advantage of the Medicaid expansion to help the poor. Many states with Republican governors have either refused to expand Medicaid or have not decided.
In Texas, there are about 6.4 million uninsured residents, of which 1 million would be immediately covered by Obamacare's Medicaid expansion.
But Texas Governor Rick Perry (R) refuses to allow the Medicaid expansion and even compared Medicaid to drowning on the Titanic, noted The New York Times.
Sources: The New York Times, TalkingPointsMemo.com, Gallup
The recent cut in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or as it is commonly known "food stamps," dropped the daily money for food stamps to less than $1.40 a meal.
While this cut has placed millions of poor families in a tight bind and stretched food banks to the breaking point, the reduction has been met with overwhelming approval by most Republican voters.
A new poll by The Huffington Post and YouGov, shows that 67 percent of GOP voters approve of the recent cuts, with only 25 percent opposing.
Democrats opposed the food stamp cuts by 67 percent, with only 28 percent approving. Independent voters had 48 percent opposing and 40 percent approving the cuts.
The Nov. 1 cut happened because President Obama's 2009 stimulus plan added $5 billion to the program, but that money has now run out.
According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, here's a breakdown of how the food stamp cuts will affect children, seniors and people with disabilities:
The benefit cut will affect all households that receive SNAP, the majority of which include children, seniors, or people with disabilities. Nationally, more than 21 million children -- that is, more than 1 in 4 of all children -- live in a household that receives SNAP.At least a quarter of children receive SNAP benefits in more than 30 states and the District of Columbia; in some states, this figure is more than 40 percent. November's SNAP cut for households with children will total $3.5 billion in the remaining 11 months of fiscal year 2014. Similarly, more than 9 million seniors and people with disabilities receive SNAP. Their households will experience a $1.2 billion benefit cut over the same period.
Sources: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and The Huffington Post
Only 23 percent of Americans think electing more nonwhites in Congress would be a good thing, according to an ABC News poll.
The surprising results diverge widely along political lines, with 5 percent of Republicans responding that more nonwhites would be a good thing, and 50 percent of Democrats responding the same.
The different views are “so enormous and so fundamental that they seem to constitute visions of two distinctly different Americas," ABC polling director Gary Langer wrote, noting that partisan and ideological differences are contributing factors to the difference.
When asked if more women elected to Congress would make a positive change, 23 percent of Republicans and 60 percent of Democrats agreed.
However, the consensus among Americans is that electing more minorities and women would make little difference in settling budget issues, with 66 percent of pollsters in agreement.
Only 31 percent of Americans believed that “people like them” were represented in Congress.
The poll surveyed ABC News Fusion Poll surveyed 1,002 adults by phone between Oct 17. and Oct. 20.
President Barack Obama’s approval ratings hit a record law amid growing concerns over U.S. spying and Obamacare, according to an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll published Wednesday.
Obama’s approval rating currently stands at 42 percent, rather than the high 40s he was at in April. Some 45 percent of pollsters reported that they viewed Obama unfavorably.
The poll reported that no particular reason had lowered Obama’s approval rating, but that it had seen a decline since administrative setbacks starting in the summer. The allegations of spying by the National Security Agency, the speculation of war with Syria, the government shutdown and Obamacare website glitches have all contributed to plummeting approval ratings.
The perception of Republicans has declined as well, with 53 percent of pollsters viewing them unfavorably — a record low. Pollsters were also 15 percent more likely to blame Republicans for the shutdown than Obama.
House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Ted Cruz are all viewed more negatively than positively.
Three quarters of Americans said they believed Congress contributes negatively to the country, with 63 percent vowing to elect a new representative in their district.
The poll surveyed 800 adults by phone from Oct. 25 to Oct. 28.