A majority of Americans polled recognize the ineptitude of government to be the main cause of societal and budgetary problems in the United States of America, leaving those Americans who refuse to vote for Republicans and Democrats, once again, puzzled about why voters continue to elect inferior political leaders.
A Gallup Poll found that 21% of respondents to a poll asking what the most important problem facing Americans today is cited the government as the answer. Uncertainty with the economy and high unemployment came in second and third, with issues like a lack of respect for other people and immigration fell towards the bottom of the list.
In addition, American’s discontent with our nation’s healthcare system has skyrocketed with the botched roll out of the so-called “Affordable Care Act” known as Obamacare. “Compared with a year ago, mentions of government are up slightly. Mentions of healthcare, on the other hand, have quadrupled — from 4% in January 2013 to 16% today, likely related to highly visible problems with the rollout of the 2010 healthcare law,” Gallup noted.
“Mentions of the government as the top problem remain higher than they were prior to the partial government shutdown in October. During the shutdown, the percentage naming the government as the top problem doubled to 33% from 16% in September.”
- 47% still want stricter gun control, but number down from 57%
- 39% want laws to remain the same, 11% favor fewer gun laws
- Emotional politics fading, reason and logic finally returning
CBS News released poll results this week that indicates 47% of those surveyed are in favor of stricter gun control, down from 57% shortly after the December shooting in Sandy Hook, CT. Although this is only a single poll, the trend away from more strict gun laws is common between surveys.
This, of course, should tell us something very important: emotional legislation is not good legislation. Had we quickly rammed through gun control shortly after the Connecticut shootings (like the state of New York did), we would end up with a piece of legislation that – once again – fails to accomplish its intended goal of keeping Americans safer from gun crimes.
Had we used the 57% popularity of gun control at the time, Americans would be forced to cope with legislation that was emotionally-driven and ill-conceived, requiring additional hoops for gun owners to jump through for no real benefit to public safety. At the time strict gun control seemed popular because of the emotional environment, but more times than not, emotional politics are bad politics.
Even among Democrats, the poll finds, a whopping 78% of Democrats polled after the Connecticut shooting favored stricter gun controls. Today, that number stands at 66% – still high, but nowhere near ridiculous 80% figure where it stood just months ago.
Why the across-the-board drop in numbers between these national polls? Because emotions are fading and logic and reasoning are making their way back into the debate. Slowly…but surely.