Wednesday November 25th, 2015             A project managed by the Program for Public Consultation

Citizen Cabinet Survey: Bipartisan Majority Favors Giving US Postal Service More Freedom to Act Like a Business

On the heels of the news that the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) posted a net loss of $5.1 billion for FY2015, a new survey of a representative panel of registered voters finds large bipartisan majorities recommend Congress should let USPS act more like a business in ways that would dramatically improve its financial position, according to the results of a Citizen Cabinet survey released by Voice Of the People. View Report (PDF) | View Press Release | View Questionnaire (PDF)

New Federal Budget Survey Shows Public Cutting Deficit $280 Billion

As Congress finally takes action on the budget, in a new Citizen Cabinet survey that gave respondents the opportunity to make their own budget, majorities recommended changes to President Barack Obama’s proposed FY 2016 budget and new revenues that not only met the requirements of the Budget Control Act, but cut the deficit by $280 billion. While Republicans and Democrats differed significantly in many areas, majorities did converge on steps that would reduce the deficit by $73 billion which nearly covers the $75 billion that the administration’s budget exceeded the sequester caps of the Budget Control Act. “After Congress’s persistent failures to deal with the budget, the public shows that it is quite capable of making difficult choices when given the right tools,” said Steven Kull, director of the Program for Public Consultation, University of Maryland and president of Voice Of the People. View Report (PDF) | View Press Release | View Questionnaire (PDF)

Negotiations with Iran: Views from a Red State, a Blue State and a Swing State

As the June 30 deadline for negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program approaches, a new survey conducted in a red state (Oklahoma), a blue state (Maryland) and a swing state (Virginia) finds large bipartisan majorities in all three support making a deal with Iran rather than pursuing more sanctions. View Press Release | Read Report (PDF) | View Questionnaire (PDF)

Iranian Public Opinion on the Nuclear Negotiations

In a new survey of the Iranian public, a solid majority of Iranians support their government pursuing a deal with the P5+1 on Iran’s nuclear program. However, most assume that the United States would lift all of its sanctions on Iran, and the majority say that unless the United States agrees to remove all of its sanctions, Iran should not agree to a deal. The data for this study was collected by two independent survey research organizations: the University of Tehran Center for Public Opinion Research (UTCPOR), which collected majority of the data calling respondents from Tehran, and, an independent Toronto-based opinion research firm, which conducted a portion of the study’s interviews from Canada. Read More | Download Report (PDF)

Ukraine Poll: Majorities Do Not Want to Move Closer to EU or Russia

A pivotal issue in the current conflict in Ukraine is whether it will move closer to the EU or Russia. The results of a new survey of Ukrainians – to be presented today at an event at the United States Institute of Peace – show that majorities do not support moving closer to the EU or to Russia. While more favor moving closer to the EU than favor moving closer to Russia, less than half – 47 percent – favor moving toward the EU. In all regions half or more say they can tolerate taking a neutral position. Majorities in all regions, including the East, favor maintaining the unity of the country. View Press Release | Read Report (PDF) | View Questionnaire (PDF) | View C-SPAN Coverage

Iran Nuclear Deal Backed by Large Majority of Americans

Negotiations over a proposed deal with Iran regarding its nuclear program are coming to a head while a new study finds a clear majority of Americans – 61 percent – support an agreement that would limit Iran’s enrichment capacity and impose additional intrusive inspections in exchange for the lifting of some sanctions. This included 61 percent of Republicans, 66 percent of Democrats and 54 percent of independents. The alternative option, being promoted by some members of Congress, calls for ending the current negotiations, and increasing sanctions in an effort to get Iran to stop all uranium enrichment. This approach was recommended by 36 percent. View Press Release | Read Report (PDF) | View Questionnaire (PDF)

Iranian Public Ready to Make a Nuclear Deal, But Finds Some Demands Unacceptable

A new survey of the Iranian public released September 2014 finds that the majority of Iranians would support their government making a deal on Iranís nuclear program that includes some key steps sought by P5+1 countries. Large majorities, however, deem some possible demands, such as dismantling half of Iranís centrifuges, to be unacceptable. Also, there are widespread concerns that even if the United States makes a deal, it will not follow through and lift sanctions, but will find some other reason to keep them in place. View Press Release (PDF) | Read Report (PDF) | View Questionnaire (PDF)

New Study Finds People in Red and Blue Districts Largely Agree on What Government Should Do

A new study conducted by the Program for Public Consultation and released July 2 by Voice Of the People finds remarkably little difference between the views of people who live in red (Republican) districts or states, and those who live in blue (Democratic) districts or states on questions about what policies the government should pursue. The study analyzed 388 questions asking what the government should do in regard to a wide range of policy issues and found that that most people living in red districts/states disagreed with most people in blue districts/states on only four percent of the questions. Read More

Book by Steven Kull: Feeling Betrayed: The Roots of Muslim Anger at America

Though it has been nearly a decade since the attacks of September 11, the threat of terrorism emanating from the Muslim world has not subsided. U.S. troops fight against radical Islamists overseas, and on a daily basis, Americans pass through body scanners as part of the effort to defend against another attack. Naturally, many Americans wonder what is occurring in Muslim society that breeds such hostility toward the United States.

Steven Kull, a political psychologist and acknowledged authority on international public opinion, has sought to understand more deeply how Muslims see America. How widespread is hostility toward the United States in the Muslim world? And what are its roots? How much support is there for radical groups that attack Americans, and why?

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February 21, 2012 NPR segment titled "Defense Cuts May No Longer Be Political Sacred Cow" which extensively references the May 2012 Program for Public Consultation Defense Budget study.