Last month we began a polling project to measure the public’s confidence in government on national security matters on an ongoing, consistent basis. The goal is to try to establish a baseline of public opinion of national security on a few key issues, and also to be able to periodically take the public’s pulse on current topics. This second installment of that project allows us to start identifying trends in the four questions that we asked last time.
Latest in Public Opinion
For the past several months, we have been quietly plotting to begin developing better systematic data on public opinion and national security policy.
A recent CNN poll adds texture to our knowledge of partisanship and public opinion regarding l’affaire Russe, asking not just whether Americans are concerned about a smattering of issues related to the investigation but also how concerned they are about the investigation writ large.
The results of a quick Google Surveys poll on whom the public believes is telling the truth about their interactions, President Trump or former FBI Director James Comey, show a remarkable degree of public confusion and uncertainty as to what or whom to believe
Recent polling data on the Russia investigation underscores the degree to which partisanship taints Americans’ assessment of security politics.
While there is a growing consensus among certain segments of the population that the Trump travel ban is counterproductive and un-American, the nation as a whole remains deeply divided on the question of its merits.