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Overwhelming Bipartisan Majorities Support Bill Giving Judges Discretion to Moderate Prison Sentencing

August 21, 2018 – A new survey finds overwhelming bipartisan support for provisions in a bill that would give judges greater discretion to ease prison sentencing, sponsored by U.S. Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA). Some provisions were also contained in the House-passed First Step Act.
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Majorities of Republican and Democratic Voters Agree on $128 Billion in Deficit Reduction, Raising Revenue and Cutting Spending

July 31, 2018 – In a unique survey in which respondents made up their own Federal budget, majorities of both Republicans and Democrats nationwide converged on a combination of spending cuts and revenue increases that would reduce the deficit for 2019 by $128.4 billion.
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Very Large Majorities Support Congressional Bills to Reduce Influence of Big Campaign Donors

May 10, 2018 – A major study of voters’ views of campaign finance finds that large majorities support numerous bills in Congress that seek to reduce or offset the influence of big campaign donors. These include bills that call for a Constitutional amendment to overturn the Citizens United decision, increasing disclosure requirements for campaign donations, and promoting more small campaign donations.
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Large Majorities Oppose Trump Administration Move to Allow More Offshore Drilling, Ease Inspection Requirements

May 9, 2018 – A new survey of registered voters finds that 60% oppose the Trump Administration’s proposal to lift the ban on oil drilling along the Atlantic and Pacific coasts and to expand the allowed area around Alaska. In the 17 states along the Atlantic and Pacific coasts that would be affected by the lifting of the ban, 64% are opposed.
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Six in Ten Oppose Legislation to Delay Lowering Ground Ozone Levels

April 19, 2018 – A new survey finds that six in ten voters oppose proposed Congressional legislation that postpones, for eight years, current requirements to lower ground ozone levels. Such ozone contributes to the creation of smog and is harmful to humans, but lowering ozone levels incurs economic costs.
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Overwhelming Bipartisan Public Opposition to Repealing Net Neutrality Persists

April 18, 2018 – Since the December 14 FCC decision to repeal the requirements that Internet service providers abide by net neutrality, the FCC continued to promote their decision as a means for promoting Internet innovation and have parried criticism that it will drive up costs for consumers saying that the Federal Trade Commission will be in a position to protect against unfair practices. However, a new survey finds that overwhelming bipartisan opposition persists even when presented the FCC arguments as well as opposing arguments.
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Overwhelming Majority of Public Supports Making it More Possible for Third Candidate to Participate in Presidential Debates

April 17, 2018 – As a Federal District Court considers a claim that the Commission on Presidential Debates should eliminate requirements that plaintiffs say effectively excludes a third, unaffiliated candidate from participating in the presidential debates, a new survey of American voters finds overwhelming support for making it more possible for a third candidate to participate in the presidential debates. A similarly large majority favors efforts to make it more possible for independent and third party candidates to compete in Congressional elections.
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Public Supports Reforming How Members of Congress are Elected

April 12, 2018 – Redistricting By Citizens, Rank-Choice Voting, Multi-Member Districts – Majorities of voters support a number of bold reforms to change how members of Congress are elected, including having congressional districts drawn by independent citizen commissions, and adopting ranked choice voting and multi-member districts, according to a new, in-depth survey from the University of Maryland’s Program for Public Consultation. These three reforms comprise new legislation – The Fair Representation Act – sponsored by Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) and cosponsored by Rep. Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.), Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) and Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md).
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Six in Ten Oppose Spending $25 Billion for Wall, But Half Favor Some New Spending

March 21, 2018 – An overwhelming bipartisan majority favors path to citizenship for dreamers; majorities oppose eliminating family and lottery based immigration programs, but 6 in 10 favor cutting them back.
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Six in Ten Support the Alexander-Murray Healthcare Fixes

January 11, 2018 – A new in-depth survey presented the three key provisions of the Alexander Murray bill, that addresses issues with the Affordable Care Act (ACA), to a sample of 2,511 registered voters and had them evaluate arguments for and against each provision. In the end, all three proposals were endorsed by about six in ten voters. These include allowing Americans age 30 and up to have low cost, high deductible ‘copper plans,’ and reversing the Trump administration cuts for health-care cost subsidies for low-income people, and cuts for outreach and education for the ACA exchanges.
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Overwhelming Bipartisan Majority Opposes Repealing Net Neutrality

December 12, 2017 – Overwhelming bipartisan majorities oppose the plan that the Federal Communications Commission will consider this Thursday, December 14, to repeal the regulations requiring net neutrality. Respondents were given a short briefing and asked to evaluate arguments for and against the proposal before making their final recommendation. The survey content was reviewed by experts in favor and against net neutrality, to ensure that the briefing was accurate and balanced, and that the strongest arguments were presented. At the conclusion, 83% opposed repealing net neutrality, including 75% of Republicans, as well as 89% of Democrats and 86% of independents.
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Overwhelming Bipartisan Majorities Favor Greater Restrictions on Lobbying by Former Government Officials

December 12, 2017 – Overwhelming bipartisan majorities support proposed legislation that calls for extending the period that former government officials must wait before they can lobby the government and prohibiting former executive branch officials from ever lobbying on behalf of foreign governments. Similarly, large majorities favor ending the support the government currently provides for former US Presidents.
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Overwhelming Bi-Partisan Majority Opposes Allowing Churches, Other Nonprofits, to Engage in Political Activity

November 28, 2017 – An overwhelming majority of 79% voters oppose the proposal to allow churches and other non-profit organizations to endorse political candidates and provide them money and other support. This includes 71% of Republicans as well as 88% of Democrats and 78% on independents. Most (55%) say it is ‘very important’ to keep the current law. The proposal to reverse the Johnson Amendment, which prohibits political activity by tax-exempt organizations, is in the House tax reform bill and in other proposed legislation, including H.R. 172, H.R. 781, and S. 264.
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In-Depth Study Finds Bipartisan Majorities Do Not Support Reducing Taxes on High Incomes, Eliminating State and Local Tax Deductions

November 21, 2017 – A new in-depth survey on tax reform finds that fewer than one in four voters overall, and fewer than four in ten Republicans, support lowering taxes for incomes over $200,000. Sixty nine percent, including 55% of Republicans, oppose the Senate bill’s complete elimination of the deductions for state and local taxes (SALT). However the House bill’s plan for cutting SALT, which preserves the deduction for $10,000 in property taxes, was rejected by a smaller majority (61%), with 56% of Republicans favoring it.
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In-depth Survey Finds Bipartisan Consensus on Steps to Address Medicare Shortfall

October 31, 2017 – The problem of Medicare solvency has gained renewed prominence as the new Congressional budget calls for reducing spending on Medicare by nearly half a billion dollars over the next decade. Last month, the government’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid issued a request for input on addressing Medicare’s problems in light of the Medicare Trustees’ projected shortfall and forewarning that by the year 2028 benefits would need to be cut and/or premiums increased.
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Majorities Oppose All Key Provisions of House-Passed Healthcare Bill, Including in Very Red Districts

June 21, 2017 – While Senate Republicans move toward finalizing their healthcare plan, a new in-depth survey finds that all of the key provisions of the House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA) are opposed by clear majorities. Overall, 67 percent oppose the legislation. Read More


Americans Support Greater Federal Efforts to Reduce Poverty

June 1, 2017 -As Congress begins to debate the FY2018 budget, a new study reveals strong support for greater federal efforts to reduce poverty. The study, conducted by the University of Maryland’s Program for Public Consultation (PPC), finds that majorities of Republicans and Democrats agree on numerous new options for federal poverty programs. Read More


Large Majority of Voters in States Without Medicaid Expansion Favor It

April 6, 2017 – Now that the Republican leadership in the House has failed in its effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), attention has turned back to the question of whether states that have not acceded to ACA’s Medicaid expansion will do so. Nineteen states have not elected to expand Medicaid and receive the federal support that would be provided. Read More


Trump’s Budget at Odds with Public’s Priorities

March 23, 2017 – An innovative survey reveals significant differences between the budget proposed in the Trump administration’s “Budget Blueprint” for 2018 and what the public recommends. For the top ten areas, the gaps between the spending proposals of the majority of the public and those of the Trump administration total $139.6 billion. For Republicans these gaps are narrower totaling $86.9 billion, while for Democrats the total is $188.5 billion. Read More


Most Americans Oppose Withdrawing from Iran Deal 

January 1, 2017 – With the Donald J. Trump administration just a couple of weeks away from taking over the nation’s foreign policy, a new survey from the University of Maryland’s Program for Public Consultation (PPC) finds that nearly two thirds of Americans oppose withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal and seeking to negotiate a better deal, as has been proposed by the president-elect. Read More


In-depth Study Shows Support for Trump Fed by Near-Universal Frustration that Government Ignores the People 

November 17, 2016 – While there is much post-election interest in a small demographic of voters who shifted from voting for Barack Obama to Donald Trump, an in-depth study conducted in the midst of the election finds that Trump’s victory was buoyed by a broad-based, nearly universal crisis of confidence in how the federal government makes decisions. Read More


As Candidates Prepare to Debate Social Security, Americans Agree On a Path to Fix It

October 18, 2016 – While Social Security did not come up in the first two Presidential debates, moderator Chris Wallace is reportedly preparing to make it a topic in tomorrow’s third and final debate. Meanwhile, a new ‘Citizen Cabinet’ survey released today finds significant bipartisan consensus on four major steps that would resolve most of the program’s projected shortfall. Read More


Large Majorities in States Suing Federal Government Favor Clean Power Plan 

September 12, 2016 – As litigators prepare oral arguments for the 26-state suit to stop the federal government from implementing the Clean Power Plan (CPP), a Citizen Cabinet survey finds that two-thirds of registered voters in the states party to the suit (67 percent) actually favor the Plan. Eight states were also surveyed, including three that are party to the lawsuit; in all three – Florida, Ohio and Texas – two-thirds or more also support the plan. Read More


Large Bipartisan Majorities Favor Steps to Reduce Carbon Dioxide

May 4, 2016 – As world leaders convene in Washington for the Climate Action 2016 summit, a new Citizen Cabinet survey finds that large bipartisan majorities of voters favor steps to reduce carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. The probability-based, online representative sample included more than 4,000 registered voters across the United States. Read More


Americans Not Sold on Defense Increase

March 9, 2016 – President Barack Obama and leading Republican presidential candidates have called for increasing defense spending. However, given the opportunity to make their own defense budget, a majority of voters (61 percent) cut defense spending in a new in-depth survey released today by Voice Of the People. Not even a majority of Republicans made increases. Read More


In-Depth Federal Budget Survey: Republicans and Democrats Agree on Changes Reducing Deficit By $52 billion

February 4, 2016 – As the announcement of President Obama’s FY2017 budget draws near, a new, national survey finds majorities of Republicans and Democrats agreeing on cuts in spending and increases in revenues that would reduce the projected deficit by $52 billion. Read More


Citizen Cabinet Survey: Bipartisan Majority Favors Giving US Postal Service More Freedom to Act Like a Business

November 17, 2015 – On the heels of the news that the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) posted a net loss of $5.1 billion for FY2015, a new survey of a representative panel of registered voters finds large bipartisan majorities recommend Congress should let USPS act more like a business in ways that would dramatically improve its financial position, according to the results of a Citizen Cabinet survey released by Voice Of the People. Read More


After Weighing Options, Majority Approves Iran Nuclear Deal 

September 1, 2015 – A majority of a national citizen advisory panel, made up of a representative sample of American registered voters, recommends Congress approve the deal recently negotiated between Iran, the United States and other permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (plus Germany) on Iran’s nuclear program. Read More


Deal or No Deal? New interactive online tool makes it easy for Americans to engage with Congress on the deal with Iran

July 23, 2015 – Using Voice Of the People’s interactive online tool – designed to simulate the debate Congress is facing – Americans now can directly let their representatives in Congress know exactly what they would do on the deal with Iran. Read More


Bipartisan Majorities in Red, Blue, and Swing States Recommend Iran Deal 

June 24, 2015 – As the June 30 deadline for negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program approaches, a new survey conducted in a red state (Oklahoma), a blue state (Maryland) and a swing state (Virginia) finds large bipartisan majorities in all three recommend making a deal with Iran rather than pursuing more sanctions. Read More


Oklahoma Citizen Cabinet Survey: Republicans, Democrats Agree on Key Measures to Resolve Social Security Shortfall 

April 22, 2015 – Voice Of the People’s first survey of its newly established Oklahoma Citizen Cabinet finds large majorities of Republicans and Democrats agree on recommendations that would cover most of the looming Social Security shortfall. Read More


Virginia Citizen Cabinet Survey: Republicans, Democrats Agree on Key Measures to Resolve Social Security Shortfall 

April 16, 2015 – Voice Of the People’s first survey of its newly established Virginia Citizen Cabinet finds overwhelming majorities of Republicans and Democrats agree on recommendations that would cover most of the looming Social Security shortfall. Read More


Survey of Maryland Citizen Cabinet Finds Broad Bipartisan Agreement on How to Resolve Social Security Shortfall 

April 14, 2015 – Voice Of the People’s first survey of its newly established Maryland Citizen Cabinet finds overwhelming majorities of Republicans and Democrats agree on recommendations that would cover most of the looming Social Security shortfall. A modest majority recommends steps that would completely eliminate the shortfall. Read More


Voice Of the People Announces Partnership with University of Oklahoma for Citizen Cabinet Initiative

October 8, 2014 – Voice Of the People (VOP) President Steven Kull today announced a partnership with the University of Oklahoma’s Public Opinion Learning Laboratory and the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center for VOP’s launch of the statewide Citizen Cabinet. OU’s Public Opinion Learning Laboratory will be responsible for managing the recruitment of Citizen Cabinet members in Oklahoma and the Carl Albert Center will help interpret the data and add a local perspective through events that it will help convene to present the Cabinet findings. Read More


Voice Of the People Announces Partnership with University of Virginia for Citizen Cabinet Initiative

October 8, 2014 – Voice Of the People (VOP) President Steven Kull today announced a partnership with the University of Virginia’s Center for Survey Research (CSR) for VOP’s launch of the Citizen Cabinet. CSR will be responsible for managing the recruitment of Citizen Cabinet members in Virginia as well as other parts of the country. Read More


Study finds Americans not as polarized as conventional wisdom suggests

July 2, 2014 – A new study finds remarkably little difference between the views of people who live in red (Republican) districts or states, and those who live in blue (Democratic) districts or states on questions about what policies the government should pursue. The study analyzed 388 questions asking what the government should do in regard to a wide range of policy issues and found that that most people living in red districts/states disagreed with most people in blue districts/states on only four percent of the questions. Read More


Large Majorities of Republicans and Democrats Agree on How to Reform Social Security

February 7, 2014 – When a representative sample of Americans were given information about the projected insolvency of Social Security and presented options for dealing with it, overwhelming majorities—including three in four Republicans and Democrats—favored taking steps that would eliminate most of the Social Security shortfall and a modest majority favored steps that would eliminate it entirely, through a combination of raising revenues and trimming benefits. Large majorities endorsed reducing benefits for the top quarter of earners. Read More


Voice Of the People and its Campaign for a Citizen Cabinet Seek to Give Public a Seat at the Table

October 3, 2013 – As the government shutdown continues, with Congress at an impasse, a new organization today unveiled its plan for breaking through the persistent polarization and gridlock that plagues Washington, DC. Voice Of the People (VOP) and its Campaign for a Citizen Cabinet seek to give the public a seat at the table when government decisions are being made. Read More

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