The case for the Sanders revolution

Bernie Sanders is calling for a political revolution. Is there evidence to demonstrate that his “revolution” is needed? And why is the Sanders revolution proving to be more attractive to some voters than Hillary Clinton’s focus on “improving what he have?” There is considerable evidence in the FY 2017 budget that President Obama just submitted…

Survey: Democrats and Republicans want different kinds of leaders

Which two of the following characteristics best describes the kind of leader that you would want for the country? [You must select two]: A warrior, fearless and strong An intellectual who is knowledgeable and who reasons well A person who is thoughtful and caring with who he or she is Someone who will not back…

Survey: Does our economic system favor the rich?

Conventional wisdom holds that Republicans are the party of the wealthy. But as Donald Trump’s campaign has clearly revealed, there are plenty of Republicans out there who are not particularly wealthy. In a recent Occasional Planet poll*, we asked, “In your opinion, what do you think is the primary reason that some people in America…

Hunger and charity

Addressing hunger: Republicans say charity; Dems say government

If charity was the answer to our problems, then there would be no homelessness in America, no poverty in general. We would have a much better health care system and school systems that truly met the needs of children and society’s common good. But this is not the way that it is, much to the…

Survey: Who blames the poor for being poor?

In our recent poll* on how Americans feel about important political issues, we asked the question, “In your opinion, what is the primary reason why poor people in America are poor?” Given the choices, we found that only 9% of the 550 respondents said that the reason was because “They don’t work hard enough.”  …