Mixed signals from the Supreme Court this week have states on edge about the future of health insurance subsidies for millions of Americans. We check in with Frank Newport, editor in chief of the Gallup Poll.
New data collected through February continues to show that the Affordable Care Act is clearly meeting one of its goals — lowering the percentage of the population who don’t have health insurance. But public opinion around the Affordable Care Act seems impervious to this (or any) news — it is always viewed negatively by a majority of Americans.
Potential presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is in hot water this week over reports that she used a private email address while serving as secretary of state, in seeming violation of official policy. We have new data on her image with the American public — trends over time, how she looks to the Democrats who will need to give her their party’s nomination, and to the rest of the country who she will be asking to vote for her, if she runs.
Plus there’s some not-so-good news on the economic confidence front this week. Consumer confidence is down for the last two weeks, marking a sharp change from the positive momentum measured earlier this year. Our analysis suggests that gas prices may be the major reason for the decline.
Speaking of the economy, how important is it to the average American that the U.S. be the No. 1 economic power in the world?