The Peoples’ voice got louder in 2016

With the year coming to a close we pause to take a breath, thank our followers and reflect for a few moments on our efforts in 2016. The Citizen Cabinet was greatly expanded this year to include a larger national panel, with several thousand participants now taking part in each study. Along with our work […]

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Thomas Schelling (1921-2016)

Our statement on the passing of advisory board member Thomas Schelling: “The news of the passing of Thomas Schelling greatly saddens us,” said Voice Of the People President Steven Kull. “It is difficult to overstate his stature as a scholar or his significance in international affairs. Our nation was fortunate to have his guidance as […]

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Johnson’s Social Security Reform Act Out of Touch with Voters

Representative Sam Johnson (R-Texas), chair of the House Ways and Means Social Security subcommittee, has put forward a bill with a set of reforms to Social Security that the Social Security actuaries say will cover the program’s long term shortfall. However, while there is some overlap, the mix of reforms it proposes is at odds […]

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Support for Trump Fed by Near-Universal Frustration that Government Ignores the People

While there is much post-election interest in a small demographic of voters who shifted from voting for Barack Obama to Donald Trump, an in-depth study conducted in the midst of the election finds that Trump’s victory was buoyed by a broad-based, nearly universal crisis of confidence in how the federal government makes decisions.   The […]

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New video: Dem, GOP voters show bipartisanship on Social Security

This new VOP-produced video shows strong agreement between Republicans and Democrats on how to address the projected Social Security shortfall. The in-depth survey included a representative panel of more than 8,600 registered voters from across the country; respondents received a background briefing, heard strongly-worded arguments from both sides, and then were asked to make recommendations. […]

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As Candidates Prepare to Debate Social Security, Americans Agree On a Path to Fix It

New in-depth survey shows wide bipartisan agreement on reducing shortfall While Social Security did not come up in the first two Presidential debates, moderator Chris Wallace is reportedly preparing to make it a topic in tomorrow’s third and final debate. Meanwhile, a new ‘Citizen Cabinet’ survey released today finds significant bipartisan consensus on four major […]

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In Suit Against Clean Power Plan, States May Not Be “Closer To The People”

Twenty-six states have joined a lawsuit against the federal government to stop its Clean Power Plan (CPP), which requires states to reduce carbon dioxide emissions two percent a year. Oral arguments are scheduled to begin in the District of Columbia Court of Appeals on September 27. It is often said that states are closer to […]

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Large Majorities in States Suing Federal Government Favor Clean Power Plan 

As litigators prepare oral arguments for the 26-state suit to stop the federal government from implementing the Clean Power Plan (CPP), a Citizen Cabinet survey finds that two-thirds of registered voters in the states party to the suit (67 percent) actually favor the Plan. Eight states were also surveyed, including three that are party to […]

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To Conquer Polarization, Listen to the People

In a recent article in The Atlantic, Andrew McGill reports on the current environment of polarization in Congress and how it is a huge frustration with voters. He notes that electing more women to Congress is seen by some as a way to overcome this extreme partisanship, find more common ground, and make the institution […]

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As Philadelphia considers sugary drinks tax, Citizen Cabinet finds support for a similar proposal

The Washington Post reports that Philadelphia is considering a first-ever tax on sugary drinks for the city. The proposal calls for a charge of 1.5 cents per ounce of diet and regular soda, energy drinks, juice drinks with less than 50 percent juice, ice tea and other sugary beverages. Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney has promoted […]

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