2008 record      

 


  • Despite President Obama's pledge to "cut taxes for 95% of workers and their families," a majority of Americans think his administration will raise taxes instead. According to this month's IBD/TIPP Poll, 57% think their federal income taxes are going up and 19% expect no change. Only 16% think they're going down. Interestingly, similar percentages apply to middle-income earners (in the $50,000

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  • Other polls that ask Americans how they feel about a proposed "cap and trade" system to control pollution have tended to produce positive responses. But those surveys never seem to mention what such a system might cost. The latest IBD/TIPP Poll laid it all out in a somewhat lengthy question and drew a very different response: By nearly 3-to-1, Americans oppose a cap-and-trade system that, if

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  • Contrary to common wisdom that the Republican Party is losing members in droves, IBD/TIPP data show the GOP with steady support over the last three years and Democrats benefiting more from an exodus of independents. The biggest inroads have been made with Hispanics and single women. Republicans have been up and down with Midwesterners and middle-class households. The investor class did not go

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  • GDP: The economy contracted a "worse than expected" 6.1% in the first quarter of 2009, showing we are still in a deep recession. But things are better than they look - and likely will get more so as the year goes on.

    You can be forgiven for thinking us crazy for saying that. After all, the media are filled with news of impending doom, and pundits tell us it could go

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  • Socialism in the U.S. appears to be in a formative stage. For most Americans, the idea is fairly new, and many have yet to take a firm stand on policies such as income redistribution and government control of industries.

    Yet, we've come a long way in just seven months. Last August, only 25% of Americans surveyed in our IBD/TIPP Poll agreed with the statement, "The U.S. is evolving

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  • U.S. consumer confidence rose slightly in March but remained weak overall due to worries about job losses, a moribund housing sector and ailing banks, a survey released Tuesday said.

    Investor's Business Daily and TechnoMetrica Market Intelligence said their IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index rose to 45.3 in March from 44.6 in February.

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  • President Obama continues to enjoy strong approval ratings but his reputation has taken a few dents after just seven weeks in office, an IBD/TIPP poll found.

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  • 'The dog may bark,' they say in my native India, 'but the elephant moves on.'

    I am reminded of the saying as I read and listen to the major media in the U.S. They bark incessantly about the recession and the possibility of something worse while the public - like a great pachyderm - goes about its business in the realization that the media are part of the problem.

  • Election '08: This year's presidential contest was not, as some predicted, a historic blowout handing unfettered power to the Democrats. A credible Reaganite, in fact, could have even beaten Barack Obama.

    One of the most telling numbers in the IBD/TIPP Poll during the final days of the campaign was the survey's unique measure of intensity among

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  • NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. consumer confidence fell in February, according to a survey released on Tuesday that showed the year-old recession sapping sentiment but some optimism over government efforts to bail out the economy.

    The IBD/TIPP index of U.S. economic optimism fell to a reading of 44.6 in February from 45.4 in January, Investor's Business Daily said in a release.