PUBLIC OPINION > Most People Would Date Outside Their Political Party
Talking politics is easy if you see eye-to-eye, but when your opinions are night and day, sometimes the conversation can get ugly. But what about couples who disagree over politics? How does that work? We wanted to know how much of the public would be willing to date someone outside of their political party.
For this question, we included an “It depends” option for those who could date outside their political party, but have reservations. Overall, half of the respondents were willing to date outside their political party without reservation, and 22% were completely unwilling. Fair enough. Now let’s dig into the demographics.
PUBLIC OPINION > Politicians Don’t Have to Lie to Be Effective
Politicians lie. Well, some of them do. It’s sad, but demonstrably true. The nature of their game is to convince the public they’re fit to rule, and in reality one could argue that no one is perfectly fit to rule. So when the going gets tough, some politicians take the easy way out. Often, it feels like nothing but. However, we wanted to know if the public believes politicians can actually get by on honesty.
Most of the public actually thinks politicians can get by without lying, but there was plenty of pessimism to go around. The Top Opinion pointed out, “Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich are notable examples of politicians being honest with their constituency.” The comment also pointed out that both of those candidates are “consistently pushed to the margins.” Still, they’ve made names for themselves in their respective parties and been elected to respectable positions.
PUBLIC OPINION > Don’t Talk Politics at Work
With the presidential election just a couple months away, political conversations are almost unavoidable. But is it ever inappropriate to engage in political discourse? What about the workplace? Is that simply an exercise in free speech and open communication, or a recipe for disaster? We asked the public if it’s OK to talk politics at work
Open political discussion is essential in a democratic country, but about two-thirds of people think that bringing it into the workplace is a bad idea. Most people agree that there’s a fine line between a discussion and an argument, but with a topic as volatile as politics, a calm discussion could very quickly turn sour. Some spoke from experience. It could turn out fine, but it’s usually not worth the risk.
Two major American political parties have disaffected the youth vote according to this blog. Read the blog to see how the parties need to change to bring the youth into the democratic process.
Newsweek’s ‘First Gay President’ Cover Crossed the Line
President Obama’s public support of gay marriage was a landmark event for the LGBT community, butNewsweek’s latest cover might have taken the praise a little too far: The title story, written by openly gay journalist Andrew Sullivan, was titled, “The First Gay President.” Some might say Obama was “coming out of the closet” with his views, but is calling him the “first gay president” a bit of an overstep? We asked the public.
PUBLIC OPINION > People Are Split Over Obama’s Same-Sex Support
President Obama made history on Wednesday when he became the first U.S. president to openly support gay marriage. Before now, he had been skirting around the issue — supporting civil unions, but stopping short of full support. In an interview with ABC News, he said, “At a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married.” It’s a bold move, but will it help his campaign? We asked the public.
PUBLIC OPINION > The Death Penalty Is Necessary
California is getting ready to vote on whether or not to repeal capital punishment, so we took it to the broader public first, asking one basic question: Is the death penalty necessary? Though capital punishment is not practiced in most countries, it is practiced in the four most populous countries (China, India, Indonesia, and most of the U.S.), making it a complex and controversial topic. But don’t worry, we broke it down for you by country, state — and much more. Want to know how they feel about it in California? You might be surprised.
ABC News’ Michael Falcone reports:
The Obama campaign opened up a new line of attack on Mitt Romney Friday, suggesting that as commander-in-chief Romney might not have made the same decision to order an attack by U.S. forces to kill terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden that President Obama did.