"The Pew Research Center’s 2013 Global Attitudes survey
asked 40,117 respondents in 40 countries what they thought about eight topics often discussed as moral issues: extramarital affairs, gambling, homosexuality, abortion, premarital sex, alcohol consumption, divorce, and the use of contraceptives. For each issue, respondents were asked whether this is morally acceptable, morally unacceptable, or not a moral issue."
After coming it at #19 in 2012
, the great state of North Dakota was the happiest state
to live in for 2013, according to The Gallup-Healthways Well Being Index. [more inside]
Antony Green's Election Calculator
Compare your own predictions with Antony Green’s. Handy list of recent past polls to see just what sort of caning the Gillard government might be in for. Probably more fun for coalition voters than Labor voters.
"Parting with treasure easier said than done: Churchgoers give far less than they think"
is the latest feature article from the Association of Religion Data Archives
, which "strives to democratize access to the best data on religion." The site includes a browsable archive of religious survey data
, a quick statistical roundup
, international religious profiles
, feature articles on topics like the rise of Mormons, Muslims and nondenominational churches in the USA
("nondenominational and independent churches may now be considered the third largest religious group in the country...Only the Catholic Church and the Southern Baptist Convention are larger"
), links to sources like the 2010 U.S. Religious Census
, a Religion Research Hub
and helpful advice on best practices when theorizing
religious behavior) and lots more.
The Program for Public Consultation
carried out a different kind of budget poll -- they asked each of their respondents to generate a package of tax increases and spending cuts sufficient for substantial deficit reduction, then averaged the results. The outcome was not what you might expect
. The mean package included twice as much tax increase as spending cut: big deficit-reducing moves included substantial income tax increases for the highest brackets and deep cuts in defense spending. Republicans cut less spending than Democrats, as did people who identified as "very sympathetic to the Tea Party." Hardly anybody likes the reduction of the estate tax. Why is the public consensus so different from the Washington consensus? Read the full report (.pdf)
Or try the interactive budget exercise
As reported a few hours ago in The Australian
, the right wing faction of the Australian Labor Party rolls
on Rudd and a caucus meeting is scheduled for 9 tomorrow morning, where it's predicted that he'll lose the ballot. One senior party source said: "This crypto-facist made no effort to build a base within the party and now his only faction - Newspoll - has deserted him. He is gone."
Americans' Acceptance of Gay Relations Crosses 50% Threshold
- To try to figure out why, NYT columnist Charles M. Blow taps sociologist Dr. Michael Kimmel and Professor Ritch Savin-Williams, who offer three hypotheses
as to what may have lead to the surprising changes and what remains of the gender disparity in attitudes. [more inside]
Is the Tea Party movement politically active in your community?
50% of the Tea Party thinks so. 51% of the rest of the community says no.
Explore what other agreements and disagreements the Tea Party has with the rest of the country.
UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown has called for an election on the 6th of May
. Parliament will be dissolved on April 12th
. [more inside]
Americans like science.
But they think much less highly of American scientists than American scientists themselves do. Most scientists also rate media coverage of science as only fair or poor. Yet public knowledge of some scientific facts is .... not that bad (Section 7). A Pew Research Report reveals all.
of Americans say global warming is real and poses a threat to humanity. Which is good because if the global temperature raises by 4 degrees
we're all dead. However only 44 percent would be willing to face any financial hardship in the name of a solution.
In what may be the silliest poll ever taken, British women say Men Named Dave are Most Likely to be "Well Endowed"
. There's a whole "Top 10" and "Bottom 10" list of names... see how you
stack up. The people who did the survey
do this kind of thing for companies to get publicity. It works pretty well. [more inside]
The poll tax caused massive rioting in the UK. Will the pole tax
move Texans to do the same? There's an interesting class-war
aspect to the story. The bill
specifies that the revenue generated will support sexual assault prevention programs, though the bill's legality is being litigated.
Who would the world elect
for President of the United States?
And we're off
! Prime Minister John Howard has set the date for the Australian Federal election as November 24th, meaning we're up for a long six-week campaign. With Kevin Rudd leading the PM by between 16 to 18 points
(depending on who you read) in recent opinion polls, this election seems the most likely to provide a change of Government since Howard was first elected 11 years ago. Antony Green's usual excellent election guide is up and running here
, along with an excellent calculator
which shows which seats are up for grabs dependent on a 2 party preferred
swing. You might also want to check out the Vote-O-Matic
, a fun but entirely disposable quiz which aims to help you decide who you'll vote for. [more inside]
According to a recent Zogby poll
, parents would rather their daughter meet a date at a bar or a Star Trek convention than through online dating.
: Americans see gloom, doom in 2007. Another terrorist attack, a warmer planet, death and destruction from a natural disaster are predicted by most Americans. 35 percent predict the military draft will be reinstated and one in four, 25 percent, anticipates the second coming of Jesus Christ.
What Makes a Muslim Radical?
Gallup polls 9000 Muslims in 9 countries and separates the Moderates from the Radicals. Most of the results are counter to "Conventional Wisdom". The most important stuff is on the last page of 5
, including the methodology for deciding who was radical and who was moderate (in small print)
. Let's all get out our copies of How to Lie With Statistics
and see if this survey is fatally flawed, shall we?
While the nonpartisan Pew Research Center
normally focuses on US domestic issues, such as the recently and narrowly
failed flag-burning amendment
, the Pew Global Attitudes Project
takes a wider view with reports such as The Great Divide: How Westerners and Muslims View Each Other
and 16-Nation Pew Global Attitudes Survey
, with results that are parts obvious, non-obvious, foreboding, hopeful and contradictory in how the two societies seemingly feel about themselves and each other. [mi]
Bush out of favor in 47 out of 50 states.
The SurveyUSA 50-state-poll
shows some interesting details on Bush's approval rating, which has fallen to just 35% in North
) Carolina, 29% in Missouri
, and 42% in Texas
. He remains popular in only three states: Idaho
, and Wyoming
. Could the Democrats have a shot even in Utah in the not-too-distant future? A lot of Utahns think so
"Americans using Internet
to make Major Decisions." (Ahem) Where have we heard of anything like that
"Do you want to see niggers in the state capital with their feet on the desk?"
"This newspaper believes in white supremacy, and it believes that the poll tax is one of the essentials for the preservation of white supremacy." From "Suffrage in the South" Part I
, published January 1st, 1940 [mi]
Understanding elections beyond the red and blue axis.
Since 1987, the Pew Research center has been conducting a political survey that divides voters into various typologies
based on core beliefs-- upbeats and disaffected, enterprisers and bystanders -- and tracking political opinions and votes. The biggest trends
have been the rise of disadvantaged pro-government conservatives and the shift of the middle to the right. Fortunately, there is a survey
that will determine your type. Where does the typical MeFi visitor fit? (Hint from the typology: "Liberals- Affluent and highly secular...ideologically consistent on social issues, foreign policy and the role of government..nearly four-in-10 cite the Internet as their main source of news.")
Federal Intervention in Schiavo Case Prompts Broad Public Disapproval
Blowback? "The public, by 63 percent-28 percent, supports the removal of Schiavo's feeding tube, and by a 25-point margin opposes a law mandating federal review of her case. Congress passed such legislation and President Bush signed it early today...."
Guess what? Another poll (since MeFites enjoy them sooooo much)!
This one is a take on how much the world trusts and loves Bush.
Nation split on Bush as uniter or divider.
And 90% of CNN polls are half-mental. Or something. Via TMW
Ohio Poll Challengers
Keep track of all the other last-minute fraud here
Why You Should Ignore The Gallup Poll This Morning - And Maybe All Of Theirs
If you support the Dems, you might want to pass this on!
"This morning we awoke to the startling news that despite a flurry of different polls this week all showing a tied race, the venerable Gallup Poll, as reported widely in the media (USA Today and CNN) today, showed George W. Bush with a huge 55%-42% lead over John Kerry amongst likely voters. The same Gallup Poll showed an 8-point lead for Bush amongst registered voters (52%-44%). Before you get discouraged by these results, you should be more upset that Gallup gets major media outlets to tout these polls and present a false, disappointing account of the actual state of the race. Why?"...
World wants Bush out.
"Only one in five want to see Bush re-elected," "Senator Kerry was particularly favoured in traditionally strong US allies." Should America take into consideration the international support of their presidential hopefuls, or can they really go it alone in today's global community?
The 100 greatest British albums
... and look what came first
. Why? I personally don't believe the justification given. And surely the word Rock is missing from the title of the poll because I don't see many other genres mentioned. To be honest, I'm with Miranda Sawyer on this one
-- why aren't more girls aloud?
Winning hearts and minds in Iraq (or anywhere else, for that matter)?
Not really. Check this U.S.-sponsored poll, then pray and hope for the best.
New poll: Bush sinking, Kerry surging
Overall, 52 percent of those polled by NEWSWEEK say they would not like to see Bush serve a second term, compared to 44 percent who want to see him win again...
Three million Germans have voted post-war Chancellor Konrad Adenauer
as the greatest German of all time
. Reformation Monk Martin Luther
came second, with communist philosopher Karl Marx
third. Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
and writer Johannes Wolfgang von Goethe
were also in the running. Adolf Hitler and other Nazis were excluded from the poll.
US TV news too liberal, say Americans
. Nearly half of Americans think its news media is too liberal despite the rise of controversial hard-right cable channel Fox News
. Only 14% of Americans believe the media to be too conservative, according to a poll
Don't just stand there - Bustamante!
Arnold Schwarzenegger would lose to Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante by five precentage points if the election were held today, according to a Field Poll of likely voters released today. Margin of error: 4.5%. How useful are polls like this when there are so many undecided factors still floating about?
Poll tabs and analysis here. [PDF]
Which 2004 U.S. presidential candidate are you?
Think you know which candidate best aligns with your political ideals? You may be surprised. Me, I got 100% for Howard Dean
, who I'd never heard of before. I don't really believe that anyone sharing my political leanings is going to get anywhere near the White House, but it's nice to know that there's someone out there for me...
before, but I think that three years is a good in-between time, and it's about that time again.)
The tide is turning.
A new poll
from the Pew Research Center indicates that the Bush Administration is losing support for a war against Iraq, with only 29% favoring war if U.N. inspectors fail to find weapons of mass destruction.
Polls are looking considerably worse in Great Britain
, where 47% of the public disapprove of an attack on Iraq, compared to just 30% in favor of such an attack.
Blair is certain that he can get the British public to support war
, however, even if Britain goes to war without U.N. support
"When and if that time came, people would find the reasons acceptable and satisfactory because there is no other route available to us."
One-in, one-out: the nominations.
"Who should be granted honorary British citizenship and who should have it revoked?" The BBC's Today programme has its annual poll and this year, it claims, is a little different. Various celebrities, politicians etc will be giving their opinions and the result will be announced on New Year's Day. Who will you be voting for?
Friends! The time for action is now. Will you let your voice be heard?
College Students Speak Out
, and just 14% can identify the president of Pakistan, 37% would likely try to evade the draft, and 71% "do not believe American values are superior to the values of other nations." Is your local college breeding ignorant anti-Americanists?
The two best music videos ever are Spike Jonze productions, says VH1.
Weapon Of Choice wins, followed by Sabotage. Personally I'd go for Island In The Sun out of the Jonze oeuvre, but all-time......off the top of my head I'd probably go for Lionel Ritchie's comedy classic 'Hello'. What do you reckon to be the top dog of music promos?
Public Survey for Input to the Planetary Decadal Survey.
The Planetary Society is seeking input from the public for NASA's planetary research priorities for the next 10 years. The deadline for taking the survey is January 31st.
"Any sufficiently advanced form of technology is indistinguishable from magic." -- Arthur C. Clarke
Apparently we've reached that point in the US
blacks tend to favor checks.
"African-Americans ... are more likely than other racial groups to favor profiling and stringent airport security checks for Arabs and Arab-Americans in the wake of this month's terrorist attacks, two separate polls indicate."
"The findings by the Gallup Organization and Zogby International were
met with varying degrees of disappointment and disbelief by black activists and intellectuals, who struggled with explanations."
Could it be that income and education are more related to racialist attitudes than race itself?