• Parties differ on government’s scope

    There are many specific issues, concerns, programs, and personalities that divide the parties, but they mainly reflect a fundamental difference of opinion about what government is and what it ought to do.

  • What trends miss about teens and technology 

    Teens are tethered to technology like never before. Almost all have smartphones; many are online constantly. Those are topline findings from a new survey of American teens by the Pew Research Center. This news is no rocketing revelation to those who know and love “iGen,” the name coined by social psychologist Jean Twenge for the…

  • Close partisan divide will persist

    If you subtract voter preference for Democrats from voter preference for Republicans, only nine states — including North Carolina — have values no greater than two percentage points.

  • Seeking protection, rather than competition

    Americans are upset. Some are just mildly unhappy, others seem miserable, many are plain mad. A NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll reports that more than half have believed the country is “on the wrong track” in every month since February 2005. A Pew survey reveals most of us have been…

  • Polling Fuels Debate on Education

    RALEIGH — Americans like their public schools. In fact, they would rather reform public school than abandon them for alternatives such as transfers or private schools, according to the 2003 Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup poll of American attitudes toward public schools. Vouchers cleared the Constitutional barrier in 2002, but the PDK/Gallup…