It’s no secret that the success of the new health care law depends in large part on the participation of young people. However, recent polls show that young people are increasingly sour toward the health care law – even if they are behind in learning about it.
Last week, a Washington Post/ABC News survey found that President Obama’s job approval had slipped to 42 percent – But the really noteworthy change in the numbers involves the public’s perception of the president’s values as a person.
Last week, voters in New Jersey and Virginia headed to the polls to cast their ballots for their governors and other state-level office holders. Observers often turn to the results of these elections to get an early read on where the voters will be in critical mid-term elections.
Many polls have been taken and stories have been written about which party or side is to “blame” as a result of the early October government shutdown. It’s a sexy topic that grabs headlines and one that’s digestible for the masses, but at the end of the day, it is merely a distraction.
There is no doubt the government shutdown had an effect on the economy. (The sentiment was exacerbated by a disappointing jobs report last week.) We think the biggest, and most lasting, repercussion will be a spike in general uncertainty about the nation’s trajectory and consumer and business confidence.