A new GfK poll shows that 14% of Americans are so worked up about politics these days that they’re actually losing sleep over it.
Rudy Giuliani was interviewed by Chris Cuomo last night on CNN:
GIULIANI: It’s in the eye of the beholder.
CUOMO: No, facts are not in the eye of the beholder.
GIUILIANI: Nowadays they are.
NBC News traces the “Qanon” conspiracy theory back to three people.
“Now, the people behind that effort are at the center of a fractious debate among conspiracy enthusiasts, some of whom believe the three people who first popularized the Qanon theory are promoting it in order to make a living. Others suggest that these original followers actually wrote Q’s mysterious posts.”
“While the identity of the original author or authors behind ‘Q’ is still unknown, the history of the conspiracy theory’s spread is well-documented — through YouTube videos, social media posts, Reddit archives, and public records reviewed by NBC News.”
Gallup: “Democrats have a more positive image of socialism than they do of capitalism. Attitudes toward socialism among Democrats have not changed materially since 2010, with 57% today having a positive view. The major change among Democrats has been a less upbeat attitude toward capitalism, dropping to 47% positive this year — lower than in any of the three previous measures.”
“Republicans remain much more positive about capitalism than about socialism, with little sustained change in their views of either since 2010.”
“Almost everybody has an opinion on national politics today. Even if you’re totally uninformed, you still have an opinion.”
— Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R), quoted by The Hill.
“My dear spouse would say that the true symbol of the United States is not the bald eagle — it is the pendulum. And when it goes very far in one direction you can count on its swinging back.”
— Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, quoted by CNN, after being asked what keeps her “hopeful.”
“The disconnect between President Trump and female voters is serious and not getting better. That’s a potentially big problem for Republicans in the November elections — but only if the women opposed to the president turn out to vote,” the Washington Post reports.
“Trump’s election divided an already fractured country, deepening the red-blue chasm that has become the defining feature of today’s politics. But the revulsion among many women toward the president adds another layer to the politics of discontent.”
“Trump is doing nothing to mitigate the problem. Just the opposite.”
For the first time in Gallup‘s 18-year history asking U.S. adults how proud they are to be Americans, fewer than a majority say they are “extremely proud.”
Currently, 47% describe themselves this way, down from 51% in 2017 and well below the peak of 70% in 2003.
Pew Research: “Since 2001, the share of Americans who favor increased legal immigration into the U.S. has risen 22 percentage points (from 10% to 32%), while the share who support a decrease has declined 29 points (from 53% to 24%).”
“The shift is mostly driven by changing views among Democrats. The share of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents who say legal immigration into the U.S. should be increased has doubled since 2006, from 20% to 40%.”
A new Democracy Project poll — sponsored by the George W. Bush Institute, the University of Pennsylvania’s Biden Center and Freedom House — finds that half of Americans think the United States is in “real danger of becoming a nondemocratic, authoritarian country.”
Key findings: 55% see democracy as “weak” and 68% believe it is “getting weaker.”
Furthermore, eight in 10 Americans say they are either “very” or “somewhat” concerned about the condition of democracy here.
Washington Post: “Anger and division in American politics are creating a rising phenomenon: the public shaming and shunning of political figures while they are going about their private lives.”
“Few laws expressly prohibit a business from refusing service to a customer because of political views. Civil rights lawyers said that while there have been many cases in recent history involving establishments barring black people, women or members of the LGBT community, shunning people for their political ideology or affiliation has been relatively uncommon.”
“Until now. And in a time of intense political division, social media is magnifying the confrontations.”
A new study finds a correlation “between white American’s intolerance, and support for authoritarian rule. In other words, when intolerant white people fear democracy may benefit marginalized people, they abandon their commitment to democracy,” NBC News reports.
“The World Values Survey data used is from the period 1995 to 2011 — well before Donald Trump’s 2016 run for president. It suggests, though, that Trump’s bigotry and his authoritarianism are not separate problems, but are intertwined. When Trump calls Mexicans “rapists,” and when he praises authoritarian leaders, he is appealing to the same voters.”
Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg warned that Americans are facing an “epidemic of dishonesty” in Washington that’s more dangerous than terrorism or communism, the AP reports.
Said Bloomberg: “There is now more tolerance for dishonesty in politics than I have seen in my lifetime. The only thing more dangerous than dishonest politicians who have no respect for the law is a chorus of enablers who defend their every lie.”
A new ABC News poll finds the number of adults expressing no religious affiliation has risen from 12% in 2003 to 21% of all adults in 2017. That includes 3% who say they’re atheists, 3% agnostic and 15% who say they have no religion.
The largest shifts during this 15-year period include 16-point increases among young adults (age 18 to 29) and political liberals.
A new Pew Research survey finds that, while about six-in-ten Americans say democracy is working well in the U.S., 61% say “significant changes” are needed in the basic “design and structure” of government “to make it work in current times.”
Political scientist Matt Grossmann notes that Republican House open seat primaries are increasingly favoring inexperienced candidates.