An Optimism Gap
Only about a third of Americans in a fall survey expected better economic conditions a year hence. By contrast, in the midst of the Great Depression, and with another downturn in the offing, half of Americans still expected general business conditions to improve over the next six months.
Baby Boomers Retire
Roughly 10,000 Baby Boomers will turn 65 today, and about 10,000 more will cross that threshold every day for the next 19 years.
Wait til Next Year
While a majority of Americans believe that next year will be better than 2010, there was far more optimism at the beginning of the year.
Far Fewer Democrats Support Keeping Troops in Afghanistan
Just 35% of Democrats support keeping U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan, down from 50% in June.
Are the Bush Tax Cuts Fair?
In a poll conducted at the very beginning of President George W. Bush’s first term in office, nearly two-thirds of Americans said that if his proposed tax cuts were passed they would benefit some people much more than others.
Support GOP Program
Fewer than half of Americans approve of Republican plans and policies in a post-election poll.
Expect Better Relations Between Republicans and Democrats
Only about one-in-five Americans expect relations between Republicans and Democrats to improve in the coming year.
Want Bipartisan Cooperation
Most Americans (55%) — but not most Republicans — say that Republican leaders in Congress should work with President Obama.
Support Allowing Gays to Serve Openly in the Military
By more than a two-to-one margin, the public favors allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military.
Crowded Tables this Thanksgiving
More than six-in-ten Americans who plan to have a Thanksgiving meal with family members say that 10 or more relatives will be in attendance on Thursday.