Europe update: May 27-29 2017

THE TRUMP EFFECT Donald Trump just returned from an extended trip in Europe, where he attended a meeting of NATO heads of state and then the G7 summit in Sicily. It…didn’t go very well: Body language aside, there was much else to marvel at. In his speech at Nato’s new headquarters – the cost of… Continue reading Europe update: May 27-29 2017

Conflict update: May 3 2017

WELL, AT LEAST HE’S BEING HONEST Rex Tillerson gave a talk at the State Department today and I think he might have said the quiet parts loud: “I think it is really important that all of us understand the difference between policy and values,” the secretary of state, a former oil executive, said as part… Continue reading Conflict update: May 3 2017

Most Americans oppose scrapping the Iran nuclear deal

Here’s something interesting. Earlier today, the University of Maryland’s Program for Public Consultation (PPC) released the findings of a poll showing that almost two-thirds of Americans oppose the idea of withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA) and attempting to renegotiate its terms. Overall, 63.7% of respondents prefer… Continue reading Most Americans oppose scrapping the Iran nuclear deal

Please, make it stop

Big news out of Iowa, folks, where new polling shows that Bernie Sanders is opening up a huge lead on Hillary Clinton: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has opened a wide lead over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the Democratic contest in Iowa, according to a CNN/ORC poll released Thursday. The poll showed support… Continue reading Please, make it stop

Maybe your poll would be better if people could understand the questions

Media Matters is criticizing CNN’s Wolf Blitzer for cherry-picking from his own network’s poll on public support for the Iran deal in order to make the case that the deal is unpopular. CNN ran a poll that asked respondents about their support for the nuclear deal in two ways: half the sample had the key… Continue reading Maybe your poll would be better if people could understand the questions

Hack pollster writes hack poll, film at 11

Is Rasmussen even pretending to be anything other than a glorified push polling outfit anymore? This seems like a pretty clear finding: by a hefty 14-point margin, Americans with an opinion want President Obama to order airstrikes on Iraq. But there are three reasons, broadly speaking, to be skeptical. First, the wording of the Rasmussen question… Continue reading Hack pollster writes hack poll, film at 11