Public strongly backs affirmative action programs on campus
The use of affirmative action programs in college admissions has roiled campuses and the public for years, leading to state-passed laws banning the practice to today’s Supreme Court ruling upholding a Michigan voter initiative banning the use of racial preferences. But while the debate and the battles continue, a new Pew Research Center poll finds that Americans overwhelmingly support these programs.
On Tax Day, Americans’ views of taxes and the IRS
Five facts about how Americans feel about the tax system and the IRS
The Civil Rights Act at 50: Racial divides persist on how much progress has been made
A half century after passage of the landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act, a wide disparity persists between blacks and whites over how much progress has been made.
WashPost/Kaiser: Many Iraq and Afghanistan veterans bring home the burdens of war
Veterans returning from serving in Iraq or Afghanistan say they have found re-entering civilian life to be difficult. A significant share says they have experienced outbursts of anger in daily life. Others say their mental or emotional health is worse since their time in the service, or that they have suffered post-traumatic stress disorder.
When’s that Obamacare deadline? Like it or not, it’s today
Many of the uninsured were unaware of Obamacare’s March 31 deadline, although most did know that the law imposed penalties for those who failed to obtain insurance.
Obama, Americans put more emphasis on ties with Europe
President Obama emphasized the importance of U.S.-European relations in Brussels today amid the allies’ growing concerns about Russia’s increasingly assertive behavior in Eastern Europe — and at a time when most Americans see political, economic and military ties with the continent as more important than they did several years ago.
Kaiser poll: Many Americans were unaware of health care law deadline
While most Americans know that the ACA law includes fines for those who do not buy coverage, Kaiser found that just 39% of the uninsured were aware of the Monday deadline. About four-in-ten (43%) said they didn’t know the deadline (or refused to answer), 13% believed it was sometime after March and 5% were under the impression it had already passed.
Even before Ukraine crisis, views of Putin had grown more negative in U.S., Europe
Vladimir Putin’s third term as Russia’s president had already been marked by clear signs of his intention to reassert his country as a world power before his move to annex Crimea. But whatever impact the latest events have on international opinion about Putin, views about him in the U.S. and allied countries had already turned negative compared to his first took office in 2000.
6 new findings about Millennials
Key takeaways from the Pew Research Center survey, “Millennials in Adulthood.”
Polls show strong support for minimum wage hike
According to recent polls, one issue on which Obama can count on strong public support is his call for raising the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10.