Section 1: Public’s Policy Priorities
A decade ago, in January 2001, the public’s policy agenda was very different. Then as now, strengthening the economy ranked at the top, but it was followed closely by improving education, reducing crime, and securing Social Security and Medicare. Improving the job situation ranked eighth among 11 policy priorities listed. Today, the economy and jobs […]
Economy Dominates Public’s Agenda, Dims Hopes for the Future
Less Optimism about America’s Long-Term Prospects
But What Do the Polls Show?
When Washington Works, Incumbents Prosper
Introduction and Summary For the first time in a very long time, Americans are happy with the country’s course and it is beginning to pay dividends to the political establishment. Not only are Bill Clinton’s approval ratings approaching Reagan’s at a comparable point, but support for Congressional incumbents is at a decade high, and interest […]