Remembering Louis Harris

 

THE PULSE OF POLITICS BY LOUIS HARRIS

With just under a month to go, this most bizarre off-year election appears to be ready for at least one more major change. Americans are once again venting their distress at the ruling Democratic and Republican parties. Many families are suffering economically, and few seem optimistic that any quick or effective relief or improvement is in the offing. Hopes are not high. Confidence in current leadership is low… Read more.

Source: The Harris Poll | Louis Harris | October 11, 2010

FEELINGS OF DISCRIMINATION AGAINST WOMEN GROWING

There is a surge for women’s rights today and a growing perception that women continue to be the victims of discrimination. One dramatic way to illustrate this is to compare attitudes of today with those of a generation ago. The modern women’s rights movement really began at the beginning of the 1970’s when pickets demonstrated against the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City for being sexist, and women’s liberation organizations began sprouting along the east and west coast urban centers. In the latest Harris Survey conducted by telephone between July 25th and 28th among a national cross section of 1,254 adults, both men and women were asked about perceived discrimination against women in three basic areas… Read more.

Source: The Harris Poll | Louis Harris | September 5, 1985

AMERICANS BELIEVE KENNEDY COULD BE DEPENDED MORE ON IN A CRISIS THAN CARTER

A 54-32 percent majority of Democrats and independents nationwide feels that Senator Edward Kennedy “could be depended on more in a crisis” than President Carter. In fact, according to the latest ABC News – Harris Survey of 974 Democrats and independents nationwide, many are convinced that Kennedy could do a better job on 11 out of 13 key dimensions tested. Read more.

Source: ABC News – The Harris Poll | Louis Harris | October 10, 1979

CHARACTERISTICS DESIRED OF NEXT PRESIDENT

Despite the poor job rating they now give President Carter, a 52-30 percent majority of voters nationwide still prefers that the person elected president in 1980 not be “part of the Washington, D. C. establishment.” Jimmy Carter rode a strong wave of anti-Washington sentiment into the White House in 1976. At the same time, voters would also like their next president to have a range of experience that can only be called “establishment…” Read more.

Source: The Harris Poll | Louis Harris | June 12, 1978

 

“NO” VOTE ON FORCED RETIREMENT

The American people are having second thoughts about the desirability of early retirement. As a result, they now come down hard for ending all mandatory retirement practices in the future. By 86-12 percent, an overwhelming majority agrees that “nobody should be forced to retire because of age, if he or she wants to continue working and is still able to do a good job…” Read more.

Source: The Harris Poll | Louis Harris | September 26, 1977

 

HARRIS LOOKS AT THE POLLS

In 1976, public opinion polling received almost as much attention as the candidates running for office did. Polls were more prominent than ever before. Unfortunately, the variation in quality of polls was greater than ever before. To much of the public, a poll is a poll, no matter how well or poorly it is conducted. Too many of the professional journalists covering the election felt much the same way, and they reported polling results uncritically. The source of the polls, the soundness of the way they were conducted and their reliability were rarely questioned. As a result, in this recent election, there was far too much emphasis on the reporting of polls on who would win, and far too little on what was really going on in the mind of the electorate…. Read more.

Source: The Harris Poll | Louis Harris | November 15, 1976

 

MYTHS ABOUT ELDERLY: MAINLY FALSE

A landmark study conducted by the Harris organization for the National Council on the Aging among a national cross section of 1,473 people under 65, and 2,503 people who are 65 and older reveals that many American beliefs about older people are false… Read more.

Source: The Harris Poll | Louis Harris | June 2, 1975

 

PARDON FOR NIXON WOULD BE WRONG

At the moment President Ford was deciding to grant former President Nixon a full pardon, a 57-35 percent majority of the American people felt that “it would be wrong for President Ford to pardon former President Nixon on the grounds that he has suffered enough.” Fundamentally, the position of the public has consistently been that no citizen in the country, even if he is a former President, should be “above the law…” Read more.

Source: The Harris Poll | Louis Harris | September 16, 1974

 

MOST BASEBALL FANS ROOTING FOR AARON TO BREAK RUTH’S RECORD

A substantial 68 percent of all baseball fans say they are “rooting for Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves to break Babe Ruth’s record of 714 lifetime home runs.” Only a small, die-hard 9 percent “hope he’ll fall short,” while another 18 percent “don’t care either way…” Read more.

Source: The Harris Poll | Louis Harris | September 17, 1973

 

ALCOHOLISM & MARIJUANA SEEN AS EQUALLY SERIOUS PROBLEMS

The American people feel that alcoholism is just as serious in this country as smoking marijuana, with 64 percent who agree “heavy drinking is a very serious problem,” compared with 65 percent who say the same about pot… Read more.

Source: The Harris Poll | Louis Harris | November 20, 1972