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what it has data about: This site has data about anything that goes on in our lives; past or present. It covers everything from politics, immigration, and much more about the government. The data is covered over different periods of time but mostly recent events.

who collected it: A company that calls their site a “global online community” where millions of people and thousands of political, cultural and commercial organizations engage in a continuous conversation about the beliefs, behaviors and brands.

how they collected it: From data they collected from articles and by doing surveys with citizens in the community.

how they present it: Uses visualizations (charts and graphs) and tables to show.

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YouGov research shows that while more Americans think that the Confederate flag is a symbol of Southern pride (35%) than think it is a symbol of racism (24%), there is a wide partisan divide in opinion. 43% of Democrats think that the Confederate flag is primarily a symbol of racism, while the majority of Republicans (56%) think that it is instead a symbol of Southern pride, and only 20% say that it is either both a symbol of Southern pride and racism (16%) or just racist (4%).

There is also, unsurprisingly, a divide between the opinions of white Americans and black Americans towards the meaning of the Confederate flag. Many white people (42%) believe that the flag is primarily a symbol of Southern pride, while many black people (38%) see it as being exclusively a symbol of racism, while another 28% of black Americans view it as both a symbol of racism and a symbol of Southern pride.


In some ways, the country has moved on from the election campaign, as Republicans and Democrats realign their thinking about government and the country to match the transfer of power from a Democratic to a Republican Administration. But the latest Economist/YouGov Poll also demonstrates that President Donald Trump has far to go to unite the divided country he inherited.

This poll, conducted after the first two days of the Trump Administration, finds overall public support for the new President less than overwhelming. His approval rating – admittedly based on only on his first two days in office – to be only 41%, with nearly as many expressing disapproval. This is much lower than approval ratings for Presidents in the first Gallup Poll measure taken in each of their terms. In addition, Mr. Trump’s disapproval rating is higher than that of any President going back to Dwight Eisenhower.

Only rich Americans think life is fair


Half of people earning over $80,000 a year say life is fair, unlike people earning less than $80,000

‘Life isn’t fair’ is a retort many of us were confronted with when we were growing up. Depending on our experiences in life, many of us have realized the truth in the statement.

YouGov’s latest research shows that, narrowly, Americans tend to think life is not fair. 46% say that life isn’t fair, while 38% say it is fair. The poorest people in America are the least likely to say life is fair (33%) while the richest people in America are the most likely (50%).

Republicans (47%) are also notably more likely than Democrats (34%) to say that life is fair.

Democrats (70%), on the other hand, are more likely than Republicans (58%) to say that life should be fair. 27% of Republicans say that life should not be fair, compared to 12% of Democrats.


Three-quarters expect Obamacare to be repealed

Americans of all political beliefs expect that the Trump Administration will repeal the Affordable Care Act, but there is a limit to the public’s willingness to lose it without replacement.  There is also a perhaps unrealistic expectation of what health insurance should cost Americans.  In the latest Economist/YouGov Poll, three in four Americans expect that Obamacare will be repealed.  Two in three Democrats and nine in ten Republicans agree.

This is one Trump campaign promise Americans expect the Administration to keep.  That’s not true for some of the rest: just one in four think that will be true when it comes to “most” campaign promises.

But there are possible public opinion pitfalls for repeal.  By two to one, Americans believe the government has a role to play in making sure all Americans have access to affordable health insurance, though Republicans are less sure that should be the case.   41% of Republicans think government needs to provide access to health insurance for all, while 59% disagree.   In general, Republicans are less interested in government activity overall: two thirds favor less government action and the lower taxes that would come with that reduced activity.

For Republicans, repealing Obamacare is job one: 22% name it as the first priority for Congress, ahead of other Trump campaign promises.  But while Republicans overwhelmingly favor repealing Obamacare, the rest of the public isn’t so sure.  Overall, nearly four in ten would repeal the law but just about as many would keep or expand it.

And when it comes to repeal itself, nearly half of Republicans and even more Democrats and independents would prefer waiting – as Donald Trump himself has proposed – until there is a plan in place to replace it.

What is clear from this poll is that Americans have limits on what they think is actually “affordable” when it comes to insurance premiums.  About one in ten were unable to offer what they thought was an affordable premium, but the median premium suggested by those respondents who could was only $100 a month.  Those with annual family incomes of $100,000 or more set their minimum at $150 per month.  Those figures are lower than the current average individual payment.  And if repeal of the ACA occurs, more expect their actual premium to go up than think it will go down.

While most Americans aren’t worried they will personally lose health insurance coverage with repeal (13% are very worried), just about half worry that someone they know will.  And, as there was before the adoption of Obamacare, more than half Americans would like to see some sort of public health care option to compete with private plans.   Republicans are closely divided on this.

The President-elect also promised to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico and to have Mexico pay for it.  That promise received strong support from his voters, though only mixed support from the public overall.  As Trump prepares to take office, Americans divide fairly closely on building a wall to try and limit illegal immigration (Republicans overwhelmingly favor this approach).  But support drops dramatically among this group if the U.S., and not Mexico, must pay for it.

However, a majority of Republicans would still favor the wall even if Mexico won’t pay for constructing it.

There is renewed optimism from Republicans on several measures, although most are still not sure the country is on the right track.  Just 35% say that it is, though that is higher than the percentage of Republicans who typically said that throughout the Obama Administration.  And in this week’s poll, the share of Democrats who think the country is on the right track has declined since the election, and is now 27%.

Republicans do look ahead to a better employment future.  Six in ten believe there will be more jobs in six months than there are today.  Democrats aren’t so sure.

As for the economy overall, there are mixed feelings about where it is headed from both Republicans and Democrats.  About as many in each party say the economy is getting worse as think it is getting better.







Live Results

Supreme Court 2017 results


Interim survey results (unweighted) – survey closes at 2/2/17 8:00 AM with final results available shortly after.

1. Do you approve or disapprove of President Trump’s decision to nominate Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court?

Strongly approve30%

Somewhat approve12%

Somewhat disapprove11%

Strongly disapprove25%

Not sure22%

2. Do you think the Supreme Court has too much or too little political power?

Too much29%

About the right amount50%

Too little5%

Not sure16%

Americans generally support reforms to allow illegal immigrants to remain in the country, but they tend to oppose President Obama’s executive order protecting millions from deportation

Many Americans are still sympathetic to the needs of immigrants, but they reject executive action, even though they know the likelihood of Congressional action on immigration is minimal.

However, the latest Economist/YouGov Poll, conducted In the wake of the President’s address asserting executive authority to delay deportation proceedings for some illegal immigrants, some Americans may be stepping away from any support for legalizing those now here illegally.

Less than half say they favor doing what the President says he will do: stop deportations and give temporary work authorizations to the parents of U.S. citizens, provided they meet requirements like passing a background check and pay taxes.   Democrats and independents are in favor; Republicans are not.

The changes post-speech can be seen in how the public responds to a more general question about something that goes beyond the President’s proposal: a pathway to citizenship.  Only 47% now favor providing those here illegally having a path towards citizenship, with background checks, fines and jobs.  In February, more than half favored some sort of partway to citizenship, with no rules specified.

The biggest change from February took place among Republicans.  Then, 40% of Republicans supported a path to citizenship.  Now, only 21% do.  There has been almost no change among either Democrats or Independents.

The same sort of partisan pattern (Democrats and independents change little; Republicans move form support to overwhelming opposition) has occurred when Americans are asked about the “dreamers.”  In February, after the President announced that he would delay deportations for those brought to the U.S. as children, about two-thirds of the public supported doing that.  But now, just 50% favor delayed deportation for those in college or the military, and nearly all the difference in the slightly different question asked this week is accounted for by a change among Republicans.

Two-thirds of Democrats and majorites of independents now and then support those deportation delays, while GOP support has dropped from 53% to 23%.

There is much support overall for punitive action against illegal immigrants: nearly two in three favor reporting employers who hire illegal immigrants, increasing fines for those employers and criminalizing the act of employing illegals, and requiring the police to report illegal immigrants to the federal government.  More than a third would keep illegal immigrant children out of public schools.  Most exempt only churches from reporting the presence of illegal immigrants.

This may be a nation of immigrants (and 82% of the public agree that it is), but the President’s plan for executive action on immigration clearly does not sit well with many Americans.  Democrats support the President’s decision to use an executive order to delay deportation proceedings for parents of U.S. citizens, but 51% of independents and 80% of Republicans oppose it.

Most independents and nearly all Republicans say the President should have waited for Congress to act on immigration – even though majorities think it is unlikely Congress will take action soon.

The President’s immigration actions has helped him at least with one group – one that was clearly disappointed in his previous activity on immigration – the country’s Hispanics.  Two in three Hispanics consistently have supported a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants and approve of the plan President Obama put forth in his speech last week.

By more than two to one, they approve of the President’s executive order.

Many Hispanics have a stake in immigration reform.  Two in three are either immigrants or the children of immigrants (just one in five overall are in this category).   45% of Hispanics say they know someone who is an illegal immigrant, twice the percentage of Americans overall who do.  Immigration runs second as the most important issue for Hispanics, behind only the economy, which is the most mentioned issue for all groups.  12% of Hispanics name immigration as their most important issue, compared with only 5% of the public overall.

The President’s plan has helped Hispanic overall opinion of him.  His overall approval rating among Hispanics has risen eight points in the last week, although the rating from the overall public dropped below 40%.  And when it comes to handling immigration, 53% of Hispanics approve, 13 points more than the immigration approval rating from the entire public, also up eight points since before the speech.