Scott Rasmussen from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Sat, 11 Jul 2020 10:27:51 -0700 Scott Rasmussen from Creators Syndicate dd605cb039994d702c24f7481971a661 Looking Ahead to Election 2020 for 08/29/2019 Thu, 29 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Seventy-five percent of Republican voters believe it really doesn't matter who the Democrats nominate because none of them will beat Donald Trump in next year's election. On the other hand, polling found that 49% of Democratic voters say it really doesn't matter who the Democrats nominate because any of them will beat Trump.</p> <p>Among all voters, 41% believe that none of the Democrats running will beat the president, while 36% believe any of them will do so.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 29, 2019</p> 4868058daa88d019b6eea7d00307a4f8 Economic Reality Matters More Than Spin for 08/22/2019 Thu, 22 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Just over a week ago, market signals and several analysts suggested that the odds were increasing for a recession in 2020.</p> <p>Given that 73% of voters consider the economy a very important voting issue, it's no surprise that the new economic assessment quickly generated an intense political debate. President Donald Trump and chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow both made public statements about the strength of the economy.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 22, 2019</p> 65c1310372bce90e5eae4a681fc98373 Epstein and the Reality of 21st-Century Politics for 08/15/2019 Thu, 15 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The death of Jeffrey Epstein highlights an important reality underlying 21st-century American politics.</p> <p>Just 36% of American adults believe the official story that Epstein committed suicide. A national survey found that <span class="column--highlighted-text">30% think he was murdered, while 34% are not sure. As if that skepticism isn't enough, 9% think it's very likely Epstein faked his death, escaped prison and is alive somewhere.</span><p>Updated: Thu Aug 15, 2019</p> 1526f4a779cc3723c955cddc3a353187 Extravagant Candidate Promises for 08/01/2019 Thu, 01 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Sen. Elizabeth Warren has lots of big ideas to redesign the United States. She dreams of Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, forgiving student loans, waging war on corporate America and more.</p> <p>On the debate stage in Detroit, Warren pushed back when others raised doubts about her ambitious agenda: "I don't understand why anybody goes to all the trouble of running for president of the United States just to talk about what we really can't do and shouldn't fight for."<p>Updated: Thu Aug 01, 2019</p> b6fd98dcd11a940429d3653d99ff04f0 Census Citizenship Question Is Lose-Lose Issue for Democrats for 07/11/2019 Thu, 11 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It's not clear if President Donald Trump can win the legal battle to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census, but he's already won in the court of public opinion.</p> <p>A poll found that 73% of voters nationwide believe it is appropriate for the U.S. Census Bureau to ask residents whether they are citizens of the United States.<p>Updated: Thu Jul 11, 2019</p> 861f8db659bb83c9f4ac248d71db6e6c The Noble Ideals of America's Founding for 07/05/2019 Fri, 05 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Amid the fireworks and cookouts, America's birthday party is infused with the inspiring rhetoric from our nation's founding document. The Declaration of Independence reminds us that we are all created equal and endowed by our Creator with "certain unalienable rights." These include "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."</p> <p>Many Americans mistakenly believe that these inspiring words rallied the nation to fight for its independence. But that's not how it happened. In reality, it was a case of the culture leading and the politicians lagging behind. The Second Continental Congress simply ratified what had already happened.<p>Updated: Fri Jul 05, 2019</p> a197c9c33e1a7fc077c5cb829887bc67 A Lot to Celebrate on the Fourth of July for 06/27/2019 Thu, 27 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Sixty-six percent of Americans believe that the Fourth of July is one of our nation's most important holidays. To celebrate, 62% of Americans will watch fireworks, 54% will enjoy a cookout with family and friends, 19% will attend a parade, 13% will go to the beach, and 11% will sing patriotic songs.</p> <p>Only 6% will read the document that started it all: the Declaration of Independence. And to be honest, many probably mix up the declaration and the Constitution. But the vast majority continue to embrace the core ideals expressed in our nation's founding document. Ninety-four percent agree with a sentiment sometimes defined as the American Creed: Every American should have the right to live their own life as they see fit, so long as they respect the rights of others to do the same.<p>Updated: Thu Jun 27, 2019</p> 986584aab7be9846fcfd243cae797ab4 The Democratic Presidential Debate Will Shake Up the Race for 06/20/2019 Thu, 20 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The Democratic presidential primary debates are scheduled to begin next Wednesday and Thursday, with 10 candidates competing each night. Joe Biden enters the debates as the nominal front-runner, followed by Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and Pete Buttigieg. There's an excellent chance that things will look much different following the debates.</p> <p>To understand just how much things can change, it's worth looking back at the Republican primary campaign four years ago at this time. An NBC/WSJ poll listed the GOP front-runners as Jeb Bush (22%), Scott Walker (17%), Marco Rubio (14%) and Ben Carson (11%). Walker dropped out of the race within three months, and the others were all gone before a majority of delegates were selected.<p>Updated: Thu Jun 20, 2019</p> 79a7275f49901f337d3c66222b98c4fe The Twin Pillars of Health Care Reform for 06/13/2019 Thu, 13 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Seven out of 10 voters rate their health insurance coverage and the medical care they receive as good or excellent. Despite that, only 34% give our nation's health care system positive reviews. Not surprisingly, therefore, health care reform has consistently been a top voter concern election after election.</p> <p>Broadly speaking, voters have two concerns. Defensively, they want to make sure that Congress doesn't make a bad situation worse. That's why 78% of voters want any reform to specifically provide protection for people with preexisting conditions. Beyond that, however, voters want more control over their own health care decisions. And in practical terms, that means they need more choices. <span class="column--highlighted-text">Seventy-four percent would like the option of buying into the health insurance plan offered government employees.</span><p>Updated: Thu Jun 13, 2019</p> 0daf7c623cefa5b2d29e031eee205107 It's More Than the Economy for 06/06/2019 Thu, 06 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>For more than a generation, James Carville's campaign maxim, "It's the economy, stupid," has been held up as an essential truth of American politics.</p> <p>There's no denying that a strong economy is an incumbent president's best friend. Seventy-three percent of voters currently rate the economy as a very important issue. As a result, if the economy remains strong for another 1 1/2 years, many analysts believe President Donald Trump will be favored to win reelection. On the other hand, if a recession hits next year, we will almost certainly have a new president in 2021.<p>Updated: Thu Jun 06, 2019</p> d5779d4fb314245409bcb58c12d6002d Disruption, Fear and Opportunity in Health Care for 05/23/2019 Thu, 23 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>There was a time when health care technology meant expensive new machines that only hospitals could afford. The costs were so enormous that only insurance companies could pay for their use and insurance bureaucrats only grudgingly allowed people to get needed tests and treatment.</p> <p>Today, however, tech is putting health care tools in the hands of individual Americans at amazingly reasonable costs. The transformation brought about by the new technology will fundamentally disrupt every aspect of the health care industry.<p>Updated: Thu May 23, 2019</p> e438d6913e4ac772e6c0d0b892b02051 A Four-Person Race for the Democratic Nomination? for 05/16/2019 Thu, 16 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>From the moment former Vice President Joe Biden threw his hat in the ring, he has been the dominant front-runner in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. That status was confirmed in the most recent poll of the race, showing Biden with 39% of vote and a 19-point lead.</p> <p>His nearest challenger &#8212; Sen. Bernie Sanders &#8212; attracted just 20% support, and nobody else reached double digits.<p>Updated: Thu May 16, 2019</p> 8ae3458becdf1c0f026adfd77af2f7a6 Will a Growing Economy Reelect President Trump? for 05/09/2019 Thu, 09 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>When it comes to the economy, 37% of voters now trust Republicans more than Democrats. A survey found that 26% hold the opposite view and trust the Democrats more. The rest either don't trust either party (18%), trust both equally (10%) or are not sure (9%).</p> <p>On the one hand, these numbers aren't all that surprising. In monthly polls dating back to last summer, the Republicans have always been trusted more than Democrats on the economy. But the advantage may be growing.<p>Updated: Thu May 09, 2019</p> 96010e899a726c946163f2aa0cc4f0e4 A Good Week for Joe Biden for 05/02/2019 Thu, 02 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Former Vice President Joe Biden officially entered the race for the White House and instantly became the Democratic front-runner. He got a modest bounce in the polls and now leads Sen. Bernie Sanders by a 33% to 16% margin among Democrats. Nobody else is even in double digits.</p> <p>Biden's 17-point lead over Sanders is up from the 11-point lead he had before he formally threw his hat in the ring. And the front-runner is now generating far more positive social media chatter than any of his other challengers.<p>Updated: Thu May 02, 2019</p> 58b39af5794f6282f9a7b5a5cdef0339 Voters Rate Political Corruption as America's Biggest Crisis for 04/25/2019 Thu, 25 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Fifty-three percent of voters believe political corruption is a crisis in the United States, while another 36% believe it is a significant problem but not a crisis. </p> <p>That's consistent with other polling data showing that 87% of voters nationwide believe corruption is widespread in the federal government. Solid majorities believe there is also corruption in state (70%) and local (57%) government.<p>Updated: Thu Apr 25, 2019</p> cc633f905284908dcfb852b86a09185a Why President Trump Keeps Winning on the Immigration Issue for 04/18/2019 Thu, 18 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>President Donald Trump's proposal for sending illegal immigrants to sanctuary cities is supported by 46% of voters nationwide, according to a national survey. Fifty-four percent are opposed.</p> <p>Despite this tepid support, raising the issue is likely to benefit the president's reelection prospects. That's partly because it's an issue that fires up his base supporters; 75% of Republicans like the plan, and they are following the story more intensely than Democrats are.<p>Updated: Thu Apr 18, 2019</p> 9205c2bf68f16dc60521a81c8ea9077a The Democratic 20-Percenters Are Boosting President Trump for 04/11/2019 Thu, 11 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Things are looking better for President Donald Trump than they were when the year began. The latest evidence is that 54% of voters nationwide now believe it is at least somewhat likely the president will be reelected in 2020. That's up from 50% a month ago and 46% in early February.</p> <p>Obviously, there's a long way to go until Election Day. And we won't really have a good handle on the race until we know the state of the economy next year and whom the Democrats nominate to challenge Trump.<p>Updated: Thu Apr 11, 2019</p> c4c211ab0349e346ab526c35e41f1022 Building a Healthy Political System for 04/04/2019 Thu, 04 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It's no secret that America's political system is badly broken, so decided to find out what voters think is wrong.</p> <p>We began by exploring what voters think is needed to create and maintain a healthy political system. Four items were deemed "Very Important" by at least 7 out of every 10 voters: freedom of speech (77%), having political leaders who respect voters (76%), checks and balances between branches of government (73%) and freedom of religion (71%).<p>Updated: Thu Apr 04, 2019</p> 6e5996924d201eb1ef430d8b7195b4c8 Will Consumers Drive Facebook Out of Business? for 03/28/2019 Thu, 28 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It's no secret that firms such as Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple have extraordinary levels of power and influence. For example, most voters (55 percent) believe that Facebook has too much power. To some in the political world, this is a problem that only government intervention can solve.</p> <p>But, that's not the way the public sees it.<p>Updated: Thu Mar 28, 2019</p> e58358a62f31e502f8d3eb2c53efe841 Who Will the Democrats Nominate to Challenge President Trump? for 03/21/2019 Thu, 21 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>For those in the political world, Election 2020 is already here, and the biggest question is whether or not President Donald Trump will get re-elected. Fifty percent of voters think that is likely to happen, while 49 percent disagree.</p> <p>In reality, of course, there are two huge unknowns that will define the parameters of the campaign. The first is the state of the economy. If we are in a recession on Election Day, it will be very difficult for the president to get re-elected. But assuming the economy remains strong, we could have another close election to watch.<p>Updated: Thu Mar 21, 2019</p>