Nobody Likes “Ken” Anymore

Ken AshfordPolls, Popular Culture1 Comment

TOP BABY NAMES OF 2009 RELEASED: Rank indicators as compared to previous year:up  down  up more than 10 ranks  down more than 10 ranks  same rank   new on charts Male Female 1 AIDAN/AIDEN/ADEN 1 AMELIA/EMILIA 2 NOAH 2 ISABELLA/IZABELLA 3 LIAM 3 AVA 4 CAYDEN/CADEN/KAYDEN/KADEN 4 SOPHIA/SOFIA 5 ETHAN 5 OLIVIA 6 JACKSON 6 MADELINE/MADELYN/MADELYNN 7 LANDON 7 LILY/LILLY … Read More

Americans Distrust Government

Ken AshfordEconomy & Jobs & Deficit, Election 2010, PollsLeave a Comment

The Pew Research Center released a report yesterday showing that more Americans distrust their government now that at any point in the last half century. This is the lede chart: While this might reflect badly on Obama, and spell bad news for Democrats in the upcoming elections, I think this is more of a "dog bites man" story. Traditionally, mistrust in … Read More

Ten Lowest-Polling Tea Party “Action Items”

Ken AshfordPolls, Tea PartyLeave a Comment

The Tea Party Patriots took a poll of their rank-and-file to see what the top ten "action items" for the movement are.  They are: 1. Protect the Constitution2. Reject Cap & Trade3. Demand a Balanced Budget4. Enact Fundamental Tax Reform5. Restore Fiscal Responsibility & Constitutionally Limited Government in Washington6. End Runaway Government Spending7. Defund, Repeal, & Replace Government-run Health Care8. … Read More

Nothing Succeeds Like Success

Ken AshfordHealth Care, PollsLeave a Comment

One of the oft-heard memes these past few days from Republicans is that the new health care law was "rammed down the throats" of the American people who are (supposedly) "overwhelming against it".  Republicans cited various polls showing that the majority of Americans (albeit not an "overwhelming" majority) disfavored Obama's health care bill. The problem with making that argument, as … Read More

The Golden Issue: Campaign Finance

Ken AshfordCampaign Finance Reform, Constitution, Democrats, Election 2010, Polls, Republicans, Supreme Court1 Comment

If the Democrats were smart, they will take this issue and own it.  The issue: the recent Supreme Court decision, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, where the Supremes ruled 5-4 that corporations have the same rights as individuals when it comes to political speech and can therefore use their profits to support or oppose individual candidates. The decision appears … Read More

And America Admires….

Ken AshfordPollsLeave a Comment

Barack Obama the most.  It's a blowout according to this USA Today/Gallup poll.  He's at 30% compared to the runner up George Bush, with a paltry 4%. And for women, Hillary Clinton beat out Sarah Palin, 15% to 14% Cue conservative head explosions.

Time, Please Define “Mattered”

Ken AshfordPolls, Popular CultureLeave a Comment

It's that time of year when Time magazine comes out with its "Person of The Year" accolade, usually to much guffawing and consternation.  And to be honest, the Time award thing really has gone downhill since I won it in 2006. So Time chose Ben Bernake this year, which is a fine choice, to the extent that he embodies the … Read More

Poll Of The Day: Only 53% Of Americans Say Capitalism Is Better Than Socialism

Ken AshfordEconomy & Jobs & Deficit, PollsLeave a Comment

This comes from Rasmussen Reports which, as polling firms go, tends to be woefully inadequate and partisan (to the right).  But it is still astonishing. Now, this survey doesn't mean that 47% of Americans think socialism is better. The question was quite simply: "Which is a better system – capitalism or socialism?" The response: 53% Capitalism 20% Socialism27% Not sure … Read More