3/24: Injured Top College Athletes Should Not Carry the Costs, Says Majority… Americans Divide over College Degrees in Sports
Americans favor change on a major issue relating to NCAA student-athletes.
Currently, as detailed in Bernie Goldberg’s report in this month’s Real Sports one-hour NCAA special, the NCAA does not require colleges to provide such insurance for their athletes, except in the most extreme circumstances.
Americans’ opinions divide over whether or not college athletes should be permitted to major in and receive degrees in their sport.
Another much debated question is whether or not top college basketball and football players should be paid. Nearly two-thirds of Americans, 65%, do not think they should receive monetary compensation for their time and efforts. However, about one-third of Americans think they should be on the payroll, a slight increase from 29% just last year. Americans under thirty and African Americans are much more supportive of this idea.
Sexual assault on college campuses has been a topic which has drawn recent national attention by, both, politicians and the media. But, when college athletes are involved in such incidents do Americans think they are judged by a different standard? Nearly six in ten residents, 58%, think they are treated differently, including 36% who believe they are given greater slack and 22% who say they are held to a tougher standard.
A plurality of Americans, 46%, though, do not think college athletes are more likely to either commit or be accused of sexual assault than non-athletes. In fact, only 15% believe they are more likely than their college age counterparts to be involved in such incidents.
Again, on many of these questions, opinion differs by age and race.
This HBO Real Sports/Marist Poll has been conducted in conjunction with the Marist College Center for Sports Communication
“The public’s view on post-collegiate health insurance and the ability to even major in sports recognizes that top college athletes are making real sacrifices of time and even physical wellness,” says Dr. Keith Strudler, Director of The Marist College Center for Sports Communication. “It also suggests the public largely sees value in college sports as an academic enterprise. That’s a contrast to the common stereotype of the privileged college athlete.”
- 56% of Americans, including 21% who strongly have this view, support providing health insurance to college athletes after they graduate for long-term medical problems that are a result of injuries they received while playing college sports. 40%, including 12% who firmly have this position, oppose such benefits. Similar proportions of college sports fans have these views.
- Younger Americans are more likely than older residents to support health insurance for college athletes after graduation. 75% of Americans under 30, compared with 47% of those 60 and older share this view.
- Race also comes into play. Nearly half of African Americans, 49%, strongly support such a proposal compared with 27% of Latinos and just 15% of white residents.
- Americans, and college sports fans alike, divide about whether or not college athletes should be allowed to major in and receive a degree in the sport they play. 49% of Americans favor such a program while 45% oppose it.
- Demographic differences exist. African Americans, 69%, residents under 30 years old, 60%, Midwesterners, 57%, and residents without college degrees, 55%, are among those who offer the most support for majors in college sports.
- 65% of Americans do not think student athletes in top men’s football and basketball programs should be paid. 33% believe they should be. There has been a slight increase in the proportion of those who say these athletes should be paid. When HBO Real Sports/Marist reported this question last March, 29% of residents supported such compensation.
- While majorities of those in all generations oppose paying college athletes, residents under 30, 41%, are the most likely to favor it. This is an increase from 34% in March 2014.
- 59% of African Americans favor paying college athletes. 42% of Latinos and 26% of whites share this view. There has been a shift among Latinos. Last year, 27% supported monetary compensation for top college athletes.
- Nearly six in ten Americans, 58%, think college athletes who commit sexual assault are not treated the same as non-college athletes. This includes 22% who say they are treated more harshly and 36% who report they are treated less harshly. Only 33% think they receive the same treatment. Of note, 42% of Americans age 45 to 59 think college athletes accused of sexual assault face less severe penalties than those who do not play a sport.
- While pluralities of African Americans, 43%, and Latinos, 39%, assert that college athletes and non-athletes who commit sexual assault are on level ground, 40% of whites say athletes are dealt with less harshly. A notable 32% of African Americans say they are treated more harshly.
- 46% of Americans say top college athletes are no more likely to commit or be accused of sexual assault than non-athletes. A notable 32%, however, report that sports players are more likely to be accused of sexual crimes, and 15% think they are more likely to commit them.
More than six in ten Americans, 62%, would like their member of Congress to vote for President Barack Obama’s proposal to use military force against ISIS. On the much debated issue of deploying ground troops in the fight against the Islamic State, nearly two-thirds of Americans, 65%, think at least some ground presence is necessary. This includes 24% of residents who say a large number of ground troops should be used.
But, voters’ views of the president’s handling of the situation has become increasingly negative. A majority of voters, 56%, disapproves of how President Obama is handling ISIS compared with a divided electorate last fall. A majority of voters also continue to assess the job Mr. Obama is doing on foreign policy negatively.
Yet, views of Mr. Obama’s approach to the economy, and his overall job performance have somewhat improved.
While the job approval ratings of congressional Democrats, 30%, and Republicans, 33%, remain low, attitudes toward Congress have gotten better. Although a majority still has a bleak outlook about the country’s direction, Americans are the most optimistic they have been in nearly two years.
“Voters are more dismayed over President Obama’s handling of ISIS and they want action,” says Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, Director of The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion. “Although Republicans are, overall, more hawkish on ground troops than Democrats, Tea Party Republicans are the most likely to want to send large numbers of troops to battle ISIS.”
- More than six in ten adults, 62%, want their member of Congress to vote for President Obama’s proposal to use military force against ISIS. 25% would like their representative to vote against it, and more than one in ten, 13%, is unsure.
- 70% of Republicans and 62% of Democrats are in favor of authorizing military force against ISIS. 59% of independents agree.
- 65% of Americans think ground troops should be used in the fight against ISIS. This includes 24% of residents who believe a large number of ground troops should be deployed, and 41% who support sending a limited number. More than one in four, 27%, opposes sending any ground troops, and 7% are unsure.
- Republicans, 40%, are more than twice as likely as Democrats, 17%, to support the use of a large number of ground troops in the war against the Islamic State. 23% of independents also say a large number of boots on the ground is needed.
- Only 35% of registered voters though approve of how President Barack Obama is handling ISIS, and a majority, 56%, disapproves. Nine percent are unsure.
- The president has lost support on the issue of ISIS. When McClatchy-Marist last reported this question in October, voters divided. 48% approved of how Mr. Obama was handling ISIS, and 46% disapproved. Republicans and independents account for this change. Among Republicans, 10% approve of the president’s approach to ISIS now compared with 27% in the fall. 28% of independents, compared with 45% previously, have this view.
- When looking at President Obama’s overall handling of foreign policy, a majority of voters are not satisfied. Only 38% approve of how the president is doing in the realm of foreign policy while 56% disapprove. In December, 38% approved and 52% disapproved (Trend).
Obama’s Rating on Economy Best in Three Years… Uptick in Overall Approval Score
- While 50% of voters disapprove of how President Obama is handling the economy, there has been an improvement in the proportion of those who approve, 45%. Three months ago, 41% gave the president high marks on the economy, and 55% thought he fell short in this policy area. In fact, Obama has reached his highest rating on his economic management since March 2012 when 46% approved of how he approached the economy. 51%, at that time, disapproved (Trend).
- President Obama’s overall job approval rating is at 46% among registered voters. 50% disapprove. The president’s approval rating has improved from December. At that time 43% had a positive view of the president’s performance, and 52% thought it was lacking (Trend).
- While views of the president’s job performance have gotten slightly better, Mr. Obama’s favorable rating is still upside down. 52% of voters have an unfavorable opinion of the president while 45% have a favorable one. Similar proportions of voters had these views three months ago when 54% had a negative impression of the president, and 44% had a positive one (Trend).
- Although still low, the approval rating of congressional Republicans has gotten better. One in three voters, 33%, approves of the job they are doing, up from 28% in December. 61% currently disapprove of their performance, down from 66% three months ago (Trend). Attitudes toward Republicans in Congress have improved most among members of their own party. 60% of Republicans think well of how members of the congressional GOP are doing in office, up from 51% previously.
- 30% of voters approve of how congressional Democrats are doing their job, and 64% disapprove. In McClatchy-Marist’s December survey, 27% approved of the performance of the Democrats in Congress, and 65% disapproved (Trend).
- Looking at the direction of the nation, 59% of Americans think the country is moving in the wrong direction while 36% believe it is moving in the right one. Americans are slightly more optimistic about the course of the nation than at the end of 2014. At that time, 31% had a positive view of the nation’s direction while 64% had a more pessimistic one (Trend). Democrats are more upbeat in their opinion. 60% of Democrats think the country is on the right track while 50% felt that way in December.
What do voters nationally think of how President Barack Obama is handling ISIS? What do they think of the president’s approach to foreign policy, overall, and do Americans want Congress to allow military action against ISIS? Find out in the latest national McClatchy-Marist Poll.
To read the full McClatchy article, click here.
3/9: Bush and Walker Emerge as Republican Top Tier… Clinton Maintains Large Lead over Democratic Rivals
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker lead the pack of potential Republicans vying for the party’s 2016 presidential nomination. Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is the only other possible contender with double-digit support. Among Republicans and Republican leaning independents including those who are undecided yet leaning toward a candidate, Bush, 19%, and Walker, 18%, are virtually tied. But, while Bush receives just slightly more support than he garnered in McClatchy-Marist’s December survey, Walker’s support has grown from only 3% last time.
When looking at what Republicans want in their nominee, there has been a slight, but interesting, shift. While nearly six in ten Republicans and Republican leaning independents say they value a candidate who stands on conservative principles over someone who can win, the proportion who stresses electability has increased.
Turning to the contest for the Democratic nomination, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is still the odds-on favorite, leading her potential rivals by more than four-to-one. Like their Republican counterparts, some Democrats have reconsidered what is more important in their party’s nominee. In December, while nearly six in ten Democrats and Democratic leaning independents preferred a candidate who would re-direct the nation from President Obama’s policies over a candidate who continued them, Democrats now divide.
How do several of the Republican candidates fare against Clinton in potential general election contests? With only four points separating them, Walker and Clinton are most competitive. But, Clinton also fails to reach 50% against Walker, Bush, and Senator Marco Rubio from Florida.
“The most notable change in this poll from December is the emergence of Scott Walker as a contender for 2016,” says Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, Director of The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion. “On the Democratic side, Clinton is still way out in front. But, it will be interesting to see if the email issue impacts her support among Democrats moving forward or if it taps into concerns some voters have about her for the general election.”
- In the race for the 2016 Republican nomination, 19% of Republicans and Republican leaning independents including those who are undecided yet leaning toward a candidate support former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. A similar 18% favor Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker while former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee receives 10%. Nine percent back retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson whereas Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky has 7%. Six percent support New Jersey Governor Chris Christie while Senator Marco Rubio of Florida has 5% of the vote. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas receives 4%, and former Texas Governor Rick Perry has 3%. Former Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania and former business executive Carly Fiorina each garners 2%. One percent supports Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. More than one in ten, 13%, is undecided.
- Bush and Walker emerge from a very crowded Republican field. When McClatchy-Marist last reported this question in December, Bush’s support was 16%. Walker has gained the most ground. His support has grown by 15 percentage points, from 3% three months ago to 18% now. Huckabee, the only other candidate with double-digit support, is little changed from December when he received 12%. Christie’s support has dropped from 10% to 6%.
- Walker is bolstered by very conservative Republicans, 24%, and Tea Party supporters, 25%.
- Looking at Bush’s support, he leads the field among moderate Republicans with 26%.
- 58% of Republicans and Republican leaning independents say it is more important to have a candidate who stands on conservative principles while 39% report it is better to nominate someone who can win the White House. In December, 64% thought maintaining the party’s core principles trumped nominating a candidate who could win, 33% (Trend). This is the first time since this question has been asked that the proportion of Republicans and Republican leaning independents who favor a candidate who stands on conservative principles has dropped below 60%.
- On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton leads her potential rivals by more than four to one. 60% of Democrats and Democratic leaning independents including those who are undecided yet leaning toward a candidate favor Clinton. Vice President Joe Biden follows with 13%, and Senator Elizabeth Warren from Massachusetts garners 12%. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont receives 5%. Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and former Senator Jim Webb of Virginia each has 1%. Nine percent are undecided.
- Democrats and Democratic leaning independents divide about whether it is more important to have a nominee who continues the policies of President Barack Obama, 45%, or who moves the nation in a new direction, 47% (Trend). In December, nearly six in ten Democrats, 58%, favored a nominee with a new vision for the nation while 38% wanted a continuation of Obama’s agenda.
Hypothetical General Election Contests: Walker Competitive Against Clinton
- Clinton, 48%, and Walker, 44%, are in a close contest among registered voters.
- Clinton, 49%, is also ahead of Bush, 42%, by 7 points. The race has tightened between Clinton and Bush. In McClatchy-Marist’s December survey, 53% supported Clinton, and 40% were for Bush (Trend).
- Clinton, 49%, leads Rubio, 42%, by 7 points.
- When matched against Perry, Clinton receives a majority, 51%, to 42% for Perry (Trend).
- Against Paul, Clinton has an 11 point advantage. 51% of voters support Clinton compared with 40% for Paul. Previously, Clinton, 54%, had a 14 point lead over Paul, 40% (Trend).
- Clinton, 53%, does the best against, Cruz, 39%. Clinton has maintained her lead over Cruz (Trend).
Looking to the 2016 presidential race, a Republican top tier has emerged. Which GOP hopefuls lead the pack? Do they pose a significant threat to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who leads the potential Democratic field?
Find out in the latest national McClatchy-Marist Poll. To read the full McClatchy article, click here.
Some time back, we added 24 x 7 and the permanent campaign to America’s political lexicon. But, it sure seems like we are pushing the envelope this time around with about 20 GOP wannabes off and (almost) running for their party’s nomination. On the Democratic side, things are atypically more organized with Hillary Clinton pretty much jogging around the track by herself. Cast in the role of inevitable this election cycle may play out better for her at least as far as the Democratic nod is concerned.
Last night, I was co-teaching Political Communication at Marist College along with Mary Griffith, The Marist Poll’s director of Media Initiatives and Polling News. The discussion moved onto the 1968 campaign and how Robert Kennedy didn’t declare his candidacy until that March after the New Hampshire primary. Recognizing that the rules of selecting nominees are wholly different than they were back then when I was still in high school… nonetheless, this drawn out testing of the waters, forming exploratory committees, and then, finally taking the plunge seems a bit overplayed this time.
Now, we are as guilty as anyone else, although not perhaps as guilty as the potential candidates, on jumping the starting gun. We have already conducted a series of polls, along with our NBC News media partner, of Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina. We have also done several national trial heats with the McClatchy News Service.
So, 24 X 7 and the permanent campaign welcome to 2016!
2/15: 2016 Wide Open GOP Field in Early Caucus and Primary States… Clinton Solid Front-Runner on Democratic Side
Taking an early look at the key presidential caucus and primary states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, a Republican front-runner fails to emerge. In Iowa, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker vie for the top spot among the state’s potential Republican electorate.
In New Hampshire, Bush, Walker, Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie each receives double-digit support. Turning to South Carolina, the state’s favorite son, Senator Lindsey Graham, battles Bush, Walker, Huckabee, and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson for the lead.
The picture is much clearer on the Democratic side. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is the odds-on favorite for her party’s nomination. Clinton outpaces her closest Democratic competitors by very wide margins in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina.
However, in hypothetical general election matchups, despite edging her GOP rivals in Iowa and New Hampshire, Clinton falls short of 50% in each of the three states polled. In South Carolina, when paired against Bush or Walker, Clinton garners about what President Obama received in 2012 against Mitt Romney.
“Top tier? The morning line for these critical states points to a rough and tumble Republican nomination battle. Seven of the 11 potential GOP candidates has double-digit support in, at least, one of the states, but no one breaks 20% anywhere,” says Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, Director of The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion. “Not so for the Democrats where Hillary Clinton has a commanding lead.”
Republicans and Democrats Satisfied with Candidates
- 65% of the Iowa potential Republican electorate are satisfied with the choice of candidates they have for the nomination. 25% are dissatisfied. On the Democratic side, 60% of the Iowa potential Democratic electorate are pleased with their party’s candidates for the nomination, and 27% are dissatisfied.
- 59% of the New Hampshire potential Republican electorate are satisfied with their candidate options while 28% would prefer to see someone else emerge. Looking at the Democratic side, 61% of the New Hampshire potential Democratic electorate are happy with their choices for the nomination. 27% are not.
- 64% of the South Carolina potential Republican electorate are pleased with their primary options while 25% are displeased. 72% of the South Carolina potential Democratic electorate are satisfied with their party’s primary candidates. 18% are not.
- 55% of South Carolina residents do not think Senator Lindsey Graham should run for president in 2016. 36% think he should toss his hat into the ring. The potential Republican electorate in the state mirrors the opinions of residents.
Clinton Ahead in Iowa and New Hampshire, Not in South Carolina
- Among registered voters in Iowa, Clinton, 48%, is ahead of Bush, 40%. Clinton, 49%, also outpaces Walker, 38%, statewide.
- In New Hampshire, Clinton, 48%, edges Bush, 42%. Against Walker, Clinton has 49% to 42% for Walker.
- Bush, receives 48%, and Clinton, 45%, in South Carolina. Clinton garners 46%, and Walker receives 46% when matched in the state.
Voters on the Issues
In Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina, more than six in ten voters in each state find a candidate who favors raising taxes on the wealthy to be acceptable. This is especially true in Iowa, where 73% of voters have this view. Majorities of voters in all three states also find a candidate who supports repealing the federal health care law, who backs immigration reform, or who promotes action to combat climate change to be preferable. A candidate who supports Common Core education or favors increased military action against ISIS is also deemed satisfactory to majorities of voters in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina.
However, registered voters are less likely to find a candidate who opposes same-sex marriage to be acceptable.
On many of these questions, there is a notable divide between the potential Republican and Democratic electorates.
Residents in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina consider job creation to be the most important issue in the 2016 election. Jobs and the economy is also the most pressing concern for the potential Democratic and Republican electorates with the exception of Iowa where the deficit and government spending is the top priority for the potential Republican electorate for 2016.
- 30% of adults in Iowa consider job creation and economic growth to be the most important issue in the 2016 presidential election. Deficit and government spending, 21%, military action against ISIS, 17%, and health care, 15%, follow. 11% cite income equality while looking out for the interests of women is the priority for 3% of Iowa residents.
- Among Iowa’s potential Republican electorate, the deficit and government spending, 32%, tops the list followed by military action against ISIS, 25%, and jobs, 23%. The potential Democratic electorate prioritizes jobs, 32%, followed by health care, 20%, and income equality, 19%.
- There is little consensus about Iowans’ second most pressing issue. Similar proportions of adults mention job creation, 24%, health care, 22%, and the deficit and government spending, 20%. 15% put military action against ISIS at the top of their list while 12% cite income equality. Six percent select looking out for the interests of women.
- Job creation and economic growth, 33%, is the most important issue to New Hampshire adults. The deficit and government spending, 19%, health care, 18%, and military action against ISIS, 14% follow. 11% place income equality at the top of their priority list while only 2% think looking out for the interests of women to be the most important issue in the upcoming election.
- When looking at New Hampshire’s potential Republican electorate, jobs, 33%, rank number one. The deficit and government spending with 28% and military action against ISIS at 20% follow. Among the potential Democratic electorate, jobs, 34%, is tops followed by health care and income equality, each at 21%.
- When it comes to the second choice issue for New Hampshire adults, job creation and economic growth, 22%, and health care, 22%, top the list. Military action against ISIS, 20%, and the deficit and government spending, 18%, are close behind. Income equality, 9%, and looking out for the interests of women, 7%, round out the list.
- 32% of South Carolina adults think the key issue in the 2016 election is job creation and economic growth. Health care, 20%, military action against ISIS, 18%, and the deficit and government spending, 15%, also rate highly. Eight percent believe income equality is the most crucial topic of discussion while women’s interests receive 3%.
- South Carolina’s potential Republican electorate points to jobs, 29%, as the top priority for 2016. The issues of military action against ISIS with 28% and the deficit and government spending at 24% are also seen as important. For South Carolina’s potential Democratic electorate, jobs, 35%, is crucial followed by health care, 28%, and income equality, 15%.
- Looking at the second most important issue for South Carolina adults, 25% choose job creation and economic growth. 23% select health care and 22% pick the deficit and government spending. 14% mention military action against ISIS, and 8% cite income equality. Seven percent think looking out for the interests of women should be the priority.
U.S. Senate Race in New Hampshire Competitive
Looking at the 2016 election for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, Democratic Governor Maggie Hassan and incumbent Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte are closely matched.
- 48% of New Hampshire registered voters support Hassan in the race for U.S. Senate while Ayotte garners 44%. Seven percent are undecided.
Approval Rating Roundup
In Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina, President Barack Obama’s job performance rating is upside down. The governors in each state are rated highly.
- 49% of Iowans disapprove of how President Obama is doing his job while 43% approve.
- 50% of New Hampshire residents disapprove of President Obama’s job performance. 43% approve.
- 51% of South Carolinians disapprove of how Mr. Obama is performing in office. 44% approve.
- More than six in ten Iowa residents, 64%, approve of the job Governor Terry Branstad is doing in office. 28% disapprove.
- In New Hampshire, 68% of residents approve of how Governor Maggie Hassan is doing her job. 23% disapprove.
- In South Carolina, 61% of residents approve of the job performance of Governor Nikki Haley. 32% disapprove.
2/12: Obama’s Request for Military Action against ISIS Receives Majority Support…Many Americans Say Boots on the Ground are Needed
In a poll conducted just hours after President Barack Obama made the case for congressional authorization to use military force against ISIS, a majority of Americans tells the NBC News/Marist Poll they support their congressperson voting for the use of U.S. military action against the Islamic militants. However, residents divide about whether or not President Obama’s proposal will receive bipartisan support. With nearly seven in ten residents saying they are aware of the president’s request, the news of possible military action against ISIS has permeated Americans’ consciousness.
While the president is requesting limited use of U.S. ground troops, where do Americans stand? About two-thirds say at least some presence of ground forces are needed. In fact, about one in four Americans thinks a large number of boots on the ground is necessary. Not surprisingly, partisan differences exist.
Despite many Americans’ belief that the U.S and its allies will be victorious in defeating ISIS, confidence in President Obama’s strategy to combat ISIS is mixed.
When it comes to President Obama’s legacy, Americans divide about whether the president will be remembered more for ending a war or for starting a new one.
“This challenge will bear on the president’s legacy,” says Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, Director of The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion. “By nearly two to one, Democrats think President Obama will still be remembered for ending a war, but by more than three to one, Republicans see the president’s legacy as having started a new one.”
- 54% of Americans want their member of Congress to vote to authorize U.S. military action against ISIS. 32% are against such approval, and more than one in ten, 13%, is unsure. A majority of Democrats, Republicans, and Independents think their congressional representative should support the president’s request.
- Residents divide about whether President Obama’s proposal will have bipartisan support in Congress. 44% think it will not, and 40% believe it will. 16% are unsure. A majority of Democrats, 56%, and a plurality of Republicans, 44%, say the president’s plan will not receive bipartisan support. A notable 20% of Republicans are unsure. Independents divide. 44% think partisanship will be put aside while 43% believe it will be front and center in the debate.
- About two-thirds of Americans, 66%, think U.S. boots on the ground are necessary, to some degree, to combat ISIS. This includes 26% who support sending a large number of U.S. ground forces and 40% who back deploying a limited number of troops on the ground. 26% do not want any ground forces involved, and 7% are unsure.
- Views about the use of ground troops differ based on party. 38% of Republicans, compared with 16% of Democrats and 25% of independents, support sending a large number of ground forces.
- Many Americans, 66%, are optimistic that the U.S. and its allies will defeat ISIS. There is little partisan difference of opinion on this question.
- Looking at Americans’ level of confidence in President Obama’s strategy to combat ISIS, there is a divide. 48% do not have very much faith in the president’s approach. 45% express confidence in the president’s proposal. Not surprisingly, 82% of Republicans have little or no confidence in the president’s military strategy. Most Democrats, 71%, are confident in the president’s approach. Independents are more divided: 44% express confidence and 49% do not.
- When it comes to President Obama’s legacy, 44% of Americans say President Obama will be remembered more for starting a new war than ending one. 40% think the opposite will be true. A notable, 16%, are unsure. More than six in ten Republicans, 62%, and a majority of independents, 51%, believe President Obama’s legacy will be defined by beginning a new war. 59% of Democrats think he will be remembered for ending a war.
- 69% of Americans have heard about the president’s request to use U.S. military force against ISIS, and 31% have not.
For the sixth consecutive year, “whatever” tops the list as the most annoying word or phrase used in casual conversation. Americans’ irritability about the term crosses most demographic groups. However, in the Northeast, “like” and “whatever” are almost equally irksome. Americans younger than 30 are the least likely to be perturbed by hearing “whatever.”
Which word or phrase is thought to be the most overused in 2014? “Selfie” earns that dubious distinction. While there is a consensus among most groups, a plurality of residents under 30 consider “hashtag” to be the word or phrase used too often during the last year.
- A plurality of Americans, 43%, thinks “whatever” is the most annoying word or phrase used in casual conversation. “Like” is the most irritating for 23% of the population while “literally” gets on the nerves of 13%. One in ten residents, 10%, reports “awesome” grates on them while 8% would prefer not to hear “with all due respect.” Last year, “whatever,” 38%, defeated “like” which received 22%, “you know” which had 18%, “just sayin’” which garnered 14%, and “obviously” which was cited by 6%.
- Regional differences exist. Residents in the South, 50%, Midwest, 49%, and West, 34%, perceive “whatever” to be the most bothersome in casual conversation. In the Northeast, “like,” 34%, and “whatever,” 33% are considered almost equally as irritating.
- Americans under 30 years old, 36%, are less likely than older Americans, 46%, to consider “whatever” to be the most annoying.
- “Selfie” is considered the most overused word or phrase by 35% of residents nationally. 27% say “hashtag” is the most worn out word. “Twerk” receives 16% while “YOLO” garners 8%. Five percent cite “twittersphere” as excessively used while 1% reports “hipster” was used too often.
- While a plurality of Americans 30 and older, 38%, say “selfie” is the most overused word of 2014, 32% of younger residents think “hashtag” was used too much.
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