Friday, January 25, 2008
A week's worth of data, compiled from the last five editions of our daily email newsletter.
No Quick Fix?
Last Friday, President Bush laid out the principles of his economic stimulus plan, an attempt to mitigate the nation’s mortgage woes and ward off a recession. But according to a recent Gallup survey, most Americans believe there is no quick fix on the mortgage front. A third of respondents expect it will take four or more years for the housing market to recover; another 48 percent reckon it will take two to three years. Just 18 percent say the market will recover in one year or less. Democrats are more pessimistic than Republicans: four in ten Democrats, compared to 27 percent of Republicans and 34 percent of independents, expect that problems in the housing market will last four or more years.
Black Party Loyalty
Black Party LoyaltyAfrican Americans have long been considered one of the Democratic Party’s most loyal constituencies, with roughly eight in ten consistently voting Democratic in the presidential election. According to a recent Pew poll, however, younger blacks may be moving toward the “independent” camp. A small majority (52 percent) of blacks between the ages of 18 and 29 identified themselves as Democrats, compared to 68 percent of blacks between the ages of 50 and 64 and 77 percent of those 65 and older. Still, younger blacks were no more likely to identify as Republicans than older blacks. Source: Pew Research Center, January-October, 2007.
Medicare Drug Benefit:
Seniors are Satisfied
The Lowdown on Lobbyists
When it comes to the honesty and ethics of various professions, Americans rank lobbying among the lowest. According to a recent Gallup poll, just 5 percent of Americans say lobbyists have “very high” or “high” ethical standards, the lowest percentage recorded for any of the 22 professions listed by Gallup. But some other prominent professions weren’t particularly highly rated, either. Twenty-three percent expressed high confidence in the honesty and ethics of TV reporters, 14 percent in those of business executives, and 9 percent in those of members of Congress.
Source: The Gallup Organization, November – December, 2007.
As the country gets ready for “Super Tuesday,” Americans continue to focus their attention on the race for the White House. But what’s in store for the congressional elections? According to a mid-December Gallup/USA Today poll, Democrats hold a substantial 13-point edge over Republicans among registered voters. This is even larger than the 11-point Democratic advantage that