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Survey: Six in Ten Oppose Legislation to Delay Lowering Ground Ozone Levels
Majority Opposed in Very Red as Well as Very Blue Districts
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. The legislation, H.R 806 Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2017, passed the US House on July 18,2017 and is now pending in the Senate. Nationwide, a majority of 61% opposed the legislation, including 76% of Democrats and 62% of independents. Fifty-five percent of Republicans favored the legislation.

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. Read More

Overwhelming Majority of Public Supports Making it More Possible for Third Candidate to Participate in Presidential Debates Favor
Making Independent and Third-Party Candidates More Competitive in Congressional Elections
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. Read More

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). Read More

Six in Ten Oppose Spending $25 Billion for Wall, But Half Favor Some New Spending
March 21, 2018
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 – As Congress gears up to make another run at addressing immigration, a new in-depth survey of registered voters presented the major proposals under consideration and found that:

  • Six in ten oppose spending $25 billion to strengthen the southern border, primarily through building a wall, but half favor some new spending.
  • A very large bipartisan majority – eight in ten – support extending the DACA program, providing legal status for 1.8 million immigrants who came to the US illegally as children (“Dreamers”), and giving them a pathway to citizenship.
  • Very large majorities oppose the proposals to eliminate the program that provides green cards to the parents, siblings and adult children of US citizens and the visa lottery. However, in both cases, six-in-ten favor cutting them back to some extent. Read More

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. Read More

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. Read More

Overwhelming Bipartisan Majorities Favor Greater Restrictions on Lobbying by Former Government Officials
Majorities Also Favor Ending Support for Former Presidents
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. Read More

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. Read More

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. Read More

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. Read More

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
New in-depth survey shows wide bipartisan agreement on reducing shortfall

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
In-depth ‘Citizen Cabinet’ survey finds 7-in-10 support Clean Power Plan, Paris climate agreement

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
In-depth survey shows voters would reduce defense budget $12 billion, cut F-35 program, retire one aircraft carrier
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
Latest USPS financial report underscores need for reform

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? 
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

New ‘Policymaking Simulation’ Posted Online for Every American to Try
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

“Is it not natural that a man who is a candidate for the favor of the people and who is dependent on the suffrages of his fellow citizens for the continuance of public honors, should take care to inform himself of their dispositions and inclinations and should be willing to allow them their proper degree of influence upon his conduct.”

—Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 35, January 5, 1788