June 29, 1998 |
And now for some good news. The economy looks great. The stock market is shrugging off the Asian flu. The crime rate is down. The price of oil is at a 25-year low. Most of the world is at peace. On top of all that, summer's here. So it should be no wonder that public opinion polls are finding Americans in an optimistic mood--more confident about the future, by some measures, than at any time in 30 years.
November 5, 1991 |
Syria, Israel's most formidable adversary and the gatekeeper of hard-line Arab politics, had figured to dominate the landscape at the Middle East peace conference. Instead, Syria proved to be a paper tiger, outmaneuvered by Israel in the theater of public opinion and helpless to control the Arabs' slow movement toward the peace table. As Arabs and Israelis sat down for their first face-to-face talks in 43 years of turbulent history, all the lessons of the new Middle East came sharply into play.
December 13, 2006 |
A majority of Americans favor setting a fixed timetable for bringing troops home from Iraq, and just 12% would support a plan to increase troop strength, an option under serious consideration by the military, a Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll has found. A month after a watershed election that switched control of Congress to the Democrats, respondents expressed low confidence in President Bush's ability to resolve the conflict in Iraq.
March 15, 1993 |
There are two Rodney G. King civil rights trials taking place at the Edward R. Roybal federal courthouse. One is being held in the stately eighth-floor courtroom of U.S. District Judge John G. Davies. This proceeding is governed by exacting rules of evidence designed to prohibit the admission of information that is irrelevant, hearsay or likely to unfairly inflame the passions of the jury.
March 22, 1998 |
Haltingly, after nine weeks of investigation and despite opinion polls showing him to be one of the nation's least popular figures, independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr is gaining traction. Starr at minimum has gathered circumstantial evidence to support allegations that President Clinton twice committed perjury in sworn testimony earlier this year: Audiotaped conversations and the testimony of several witnesses clash with Clinton's sworn denials that he had intimate contact with Monica S.
March 11, 2005 |
The editor of the New York Times editorial pages said she seldom addresses an audience without getting the question: Why aren't more women columnists featured in her section? Her counterpart at the Washington Post said recently he's working hard to improve that paper's record -- just one in 10 opinion pieces written by women.
September 5, 2006 |
A woman in a leopard-print halter top cuddles a kitten. She puts the little gray tabby on the ground. She lifts her foot and grinds the heel of her sparkly stiletto shoe into the terrified animal's eye and crushes its head. Her work done, she gazes into the distance smiling. The video images set the Internet on fire in China. Instead of just airing their outrage online, Web users decided to hunt down the kitten killer. But how do you find a nameless woman in a country of 1.3 billion? Easily.
May 12, 2011
Religious institutions in this country that object to homosexuality have nothing to fear from the gay-rights movement. Freedom of religion constitutionally protects them from having to perform same-sex marriages or elevate gays and lesbians to the clergy. Yet as society opens itself to new viewpoints over time, those perspectives influence people of faith. So it was that the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) this week voted to allow the ordination of gay ministers, elders and deacons.
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September 8, 1994 |
Many Americans believe that public opinion polls are today's political narcotic. Polls explain politicians' addiction to pandering. The corrupting effect of polling has left few officeholders willing to say "no" to the public's whims and make the tough decisions necessary to bring the government's budget under control. Polling undeniably suffers from pitfalls, but the problems are often exaggerated and misunderstood. Polls clearly do not provide ideal measures of what the public wants.
March 13, 2003 |
Global public opinion may be shaping the frantic diplomatic maneuvering over Iraq more than it has affected any international crisis in memory, experts say. The spread of sophisticated polling techniques has combined with the prominent role of the United Nations to give mass opinion almost unprecedented influence over the debate on war.