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Brexit is more popular among Britons than what is happening in Hong Kong is among Hong Kong residents There was a vote for Brexit where a majority of voters voted for Brexit, but there was absolutely no vote in Hong Kong for any of the things happening in Hong Kong. To draw a parallel between these two events as if something that was actually voted on by ...


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Vivid imagery Consider this image from the first Selma to Montgomery march in 1965 (source) That's Amelia Boynton, left unconscious after being attacked on the Edmund Pettus Bridge on Bloody Sunday. To see an unarmed woman being treated like this helped to galvanize the Civil Rights movement and would lead to passage of the Voting Rights Act. Images ...


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I think that you are looking at too much rational level concerning people's reaction. Look a bit more at ideology: Whoever shares your views (whichever they are), would seem to you be a nice, trustworthy person who would do lot's of good in the world. There would be also a grain of truth in it, as it would be easier to get on with like minded people. In the ...


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A YouGov poll just published today shows significant support across the political spectrum: The full results show that the level of support among Leavers (62%) is nearly as high as that among Stayers (70%). If that seems surprising it may be relevant that a study published last year found the following: Those who subscribe strongly to the Leave identity, ...


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Too soon It feels like people are still holding out for political solutions. The normal democratic way of doing this would be a Vote of No Confidence, followed by either the MPs choosing a new PM or forcing a new election. There is still just about time to do this, and people in the right positions are talking about it. Obviously no Tory MP wants to ...


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Brexit is (relatively) easy to reverse. The loss of Hong Kong democracy and self government would be difficult to reverse. In case public opinion in UK swinging back to support joining the EU, it would be reasonable to expect that the EU would not put much trouble to agree with it. If Hong Kong loses its self government, China will not easily give it back; ...


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Many farmers do seem to recognise that there are climate-related effects (even if they don't name it as such), however, farmers don't always agree climate change is a result of human actions. The reason I think that's an important distinction is because if we're not the cause (link to myth) and it's not something we have influence on, then we don't need to ...


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The level of consequences is very different All of the points in pjc50's answer, plus, a huge difference in consequences. Depending on who you believe, Brexit will produce anything from "sunlit uplands" advantageous to the UK, to a plunge into severe recession - but while such economic changes may have serious effects on many residents, for UK citizens, at ...


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Conducting polls is costly, so I don't see why anyone would spend money outside the US to find out public opinion on a fairly obscure US politico-legal matter... (as opposed to opinions about Trump's foreign policy, which does get polled, see the Pew survey in the other answer.) The best you can probably hope for is some foreign media roundup which often ...


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When someone says it is being politicized, it means they are using it to push a political party agenda. In this case, one can say that the democrats are politicizing this event to push for gun control. Their hope is that enough people are angered by the situation to swing the vote in their favor to get more gun control. Other times, like what President ...


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FiveThirtyEight wrote an article on this just last week: Why Americans Might Be Convinced To Support A War With Iran. In the article, they report on several polls that ask about a potential conflict with Iran in different ways. To start, they report on a SurveyMonkey poll which finds very low support for intervention in response to the attack on Saudi oil ...


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Although it doesn't specifically address the issue of impeachment, this report by Pew Research Center about their survey of 32 countries, and published 8 January 2020, might provide some insight. Basically, confidence in As has been the case throughout his presidency, U.S. President Donald Trump receives largely negative reviews from publics around the ...


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I don’t think anyone really expects it to put a dent in Trump’s support among his hardest-core base, but that’s a minority of the country and their support is not enough to win reelection. Right now, Trump’s Approval ratings are at one of their highest points in his presidency, but the Real Clear Politics average still has him underwater by 7.7%. Even with ...


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It's difficult to simplify election results to a single "main cause," so here are some of the more prominent ones: Midterm elections are usually bad for the President's party. Wikipedia has a table of midterm results going back to the Taft presidency (1910 midterms), and you'll notice a lot of negative numbers (indicating the president's party lost seats ...


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I can't speak to public opinion, but here is the published opinion of Switzerland's leading conservative newspaper: Der Freispruch schafft so einen verhängnisvollen Präzedenzfall. Ein Präsident, dem es offenkundig an Respekt für demokratische Gepflogenheiten und institutionelle Kontrolle fehlt, wird in seiner Meinung bestärkt, sich alles erlauben zu ...


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What exactly is the reaction of the political culture in the US and/or the public if confronted with an unusual combination of opinions? Are there precedents which are well-known in the public? In my experience, lectures. E.g. you can't possibly believe that Donald Trump is more qualified to be president than Hillary Clinton! The major problem in the ...


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In the most recent polls I found (and there are a helluva lot of polls on coronavirus in the US) from March 26: About seven-in-ten adults (71%) say that to address the coronavirus, it is necessary to require most businesses other than grocery stores or pharmacies to close. A larger share of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents (81%) than ...


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In addition to Brian Z's answer, I found an older and less detailed poll, again run by YouGov, conducted on May 29th: This shows a rather large difference between the levels of support shown by Remainers & Leavers, but also a substantial amount of 'Don't know' responses compared to the survey in Brian's answer, suggesting opinions have changed somewhat ...


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Should future democratic political system effectively use publicly accessible version control (git/Github)? Legislation, laws etc would exist in a public repository with precise details such as: a history of all changes the various members that 'committed' the changes This exists in every democratic political system of which I am aware, although ...


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Gallup tracks trust in government with a variety of questions, the relevant data that's available doesn't say much since there's only one data point for the Trump administration and most of answers can track reasonably well with the data from the previous 2 administrations. Trump himself seems to be less trusted than Bush or Obama, but trust in the other 2 ...


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I'm not totally sure this is answering your question, but since the EU has taken action against Poland on this matter, a related poll is probably a good proxy indicator. Respondents were also asked about the European Commission's conflict over Poland's judicial reform conflict. For that question, 22 percent of respondents viewed the European Commission's ...


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It really depends on the pollster. Generally, a random sample is taken of the population, using methods such as random telephone number generation, and this sample is then weighted to correct for demographic size and sampling issues. Gallup publishes information about how it samples the population for its weekly U.S. Poll. In this case, the sampling is done ...


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At least in one 2014 Pew poll the answer seems to be that Muslims are more negatively viewed in France than Jews. By the way, publishing the results of such polls in France (especially when they get to detailed questions) is not terribly popular. It's actually hard to find some detail questions that were comparable in that latter poll (as it focused on ...


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Whereas one would expect farmers to notice changes in climate locally, it doesn’t follow that they are well placed to judge whether there is a broader pattern and whether the change is due to natural processes or due to anthropogenic change. As rural areas tend to be conservative, one would expect, if all things are equal, that farmers would tend to favour ...


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To add to @SleepingGod's answer, a survey released by YouGov on behalf of The Times asked this very question. They compared the dates from 5-7th June to 21st-22nd June and the results are as follows: Which of the following do you think would make the best Prime Minister? June 5th - June 7th Jeremy Corbyn - 32% Theresa May - 43% Don't Know - 26% June ...


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are there any polls on US public acceptance of a wealth tax as a general idea? As a general idea, the US public is in favor of wealthy individuals paying more in taxes -- which I think is indirect support for a wealth tax. But this is a complex subject, and it depends on if the idea is presented as a redistribution or paying "their fair share." (And I ...


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I can tell you that this is not a "Trump Era" specific. American's by and large see the government as necessary evil at best, and politicians rank with lawyers as the types of people that all Americans will mock. This isn't anything new... a 2013 poll found that Congress had a 9% approval rating among the American public... Only 6% said they were undecided....


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YouGov conducted a similar poll about no-deal (and other Brexit-related terms) in January of 2019. Rather than asking people what it means, it asked how familiar they were with a set of Brexit outcomes. The results are summarised in the figure below. If we compare it to the other options, we see 'no-deal' is the option more people are familiar with (going ...


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