By Scott Rasmussen Despite enormous media coverage and intense discussions in official Washington, the allegations leveled against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh have had little impact on public opinion (so far). Before his confirmation hearings, a ScottRasmussen.com surveyfound that 48 percent of voters wanted their senator to confirm Kavanaugh. After the hearings, but before the accusations, 52 percent favored confirmation. Now, after the accusations, that number is 49 percent. Keep in mind that the poll has a 3-point margin of error. Prior to the allegations, 22 percent had a “Very Favorable” opinion of the judge and 18 percent had a “Very Unfavorable” opinion. Today, those figures are 23 percent and 21 percent, respectively. Confirming this sense that not much has changed is the Generic Congressional Ballot. Just before the accusations against Kavanaugh were made public, Democrats had an 8-point advantage (49 percent to 41 percent). In … [Read more...] about Allegations Against Brett Kavanaugh Fail to Move Public Opinion
POLITICS 09/19/2018 09:17 am ET He was already unpopular. But so far, the latest news seems merely to have reinforced the partisan dynamics already in play. By Ariel Edwards-Levy The sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court hopeful Brett Kavanaugh so far appears to have had virtually no effect on public support for his nomination, new polling finds. Although he remains historically unpopular, he doesn’t appear to have suffered any further attrition over the course of the past week. In three HuffPost/YouGov surveys ― one taken entirely before the scandal broke, one after the revelation that an allegation had been made against him and the third after the accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, publicly stepped forward ― opposition to confirming Kavanaugh has ranged between 31 and 34 percent. In the most recent poll, 32 percent support his confirmation, 32 percent oppose it and another 36 percent aren’t sure. Among those who disapprove of … [Read more...] about Brett Kavanaugh Is Accused Of Sexual Assault. That Hasn’t Changed Public Opinion At All.
Nominated and screened for the 2018 Bronze Lens Festival, Garfield Wang’s “Man In Focus” is a non-commercial short film that intends to raise awareness of the impact public opinions can have on an individual’s life and promote social justice. The film deals with the unjust situation a citizen patrol volunteer is in when he is misunderstood by the public and has to prove his innocence to the authorities. On the night of September 10, a citizen patrol volunteer named Aaron found a suspicious backpack by Arlington Church and reported it to Officer Moore. After that, the police defused the explosive backpack and Aaron was interviewed by Clark, the Channel 7 reporter, as a hero on TV. However, due to the history Aaron had with the facility manager of the church, the police decided to investigate him when they had no other clues. The reporters witnessed it as the officers took evidence from Aaron’s house and then began to depict him as a suspect, though he was … [Read more...] about TRAILER: “Man In Focus” Zeroes in on Tensions Between Public Opinion and Justice
Public opinion analyst Karlyn Bowman said Thursday that today's media culture in the U.S. has given rise to controversial figures like conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. “It’s part of a media culture that gives these things so much prominence," Bowman told Hill.TV's Joe Concha on "What America's Thinking." Bowman's remarks came in response to Concha's assertion that Jones received more attention after Facebook moved to take down four of his pages on the platform as part of the company's effort to combat misinformation. “People now know who Alex Jones is. There’s actually more of an interest because they say ‘what’s all this fuss about?’ Maybe he’s been turned into a martyr," Concha said. "I think the unattended consequences here were ‘okay we’re going to squash Alex Jones because he’s hateful and he’s bad for the country, but he’s going to pop up somewhere else?'" "If they … [Read more...] about Public opinion analyst: ‘Media culture’ has helped give rise to controversial figures
Molly Beck and Patrick Marley Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Published 10:30 p.m. UTC Jul 31, 2018 MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker seeks to change public perception of a $4 billion taxpayer-funded package for Taiwanese tech giant Foxconn in four new ads tailored for the areas of Wisconsin they will be seen. Walker's campaign produced ads for western Wisconsin, southeastern Wisconsin, northern and central Wisconsin and for the Green Bay area — with each featuring businesses or projects in those areas. The ads will begin airing Tuesday and seek to convince voters of two things: That the $10 billion facility planned for Racine County will benefit other areas of the state, and that state taxpayers haven't paid more for the plant than it's worth. "Foxconn will earn tax credits based on actual investment in job creation. No jobs and investment? No credits," Walker says in each ad, filmed on the grounds of the planned Foxconn site in Mount Pleasant. Voters are … [Read more...] about Scott Walker seeks to change public opinion of Foxconn project in four new ads