Beyond the Polls

Parent Involvement in Education: What Really Matters Most?

Is This Really Working for Us? Public Views on Foreign Policy

“We, as a country, are just spread way too thin to get involved in anything else . . . “

“I understand the need for world order . . . but it just seems like whenever there is a huge international crisis, the United States is always the first one to run out and open [its] mouth . . . “

“I think we really should focus on this country. We are in such trouble ourselves.”

 

Most Americans Think Government Should Do More to Fight Obesity – or Do They?

Except for kids themselves, just about everyone wants children to eat more fruits and vegetables. Even so, there’s plenty of disagreement about what government can or should do to make that happen.

The Common Core – Why Isn't Public Support More Robust?

The development and implementation of the new, voluntary Common Core learning standards in literacy and math got off to an impressive start. Now, however, the Common Core is meeting forceful resistance from both the right and the left. How did an idea that started off with so much support become so controversial?

Tough Choices on Health Care–Ready or Not, Here They Come

Beyond the Polls | January, 2014

Welcome to Beyond the Polls

Welcome to Beyond the Polls, our regular commentary on what Americans are thinking about pivotal issues our country and communities face.

Is There Really a Generation Gap on Social Security?

Are the views and preferences of younger and older Americans really at odds when it comes to Social Security? What do polls show, and what happens when Americans of all ages have a chance to talk together about this issue?