Although Americans say they are worried about climate change, most clearly aren’t worried enough to spend their own money on it, or make personal sacrifices for the cause. 68% of Americans wouldn’t pay $10 a month in higher electric bills to combat climate change
How does one know if a person who advocates for dramatically increasing top marginal tax rates, the estate tax, capital gain rates, etc. is motivated by sympathy for the poor or resentment of the rich?
The national Cato 2018 Paid Leave Survey finds 69% of Americans would oppose a federal paid leave program if it meant that fewer women would get promoted and become managers. But is this a realistic consequence of establishing the program?
The new Cato 2018 Paid Leave Survey of 1,700 adults finds 54% of Americans would be willing to pay $200 a year in higher taxes in exchange for a 12-week federal paid leave program. However, majorities would oppose a federal paid leave program if it cost them $450 in higher taxes a year (52% opposed) or if it cost them $1,200 in higher taxes a year (56% oppose), or if they got smaller pay raises in the future (60%).
Following this year’s Libertarianism vs. Conservatism intern debate, the Cato Institute conducted a survey of attendees to ask who they thought won the debate and what they believe about a variety of public policy and philosophical issues.
Nearly two-thirds (61%) of Clinton voters agree that “it’s hard to be friends with people who voted for Donald Trump” while 38% disagree. However, Trump voters don’t feel a similar animus toward Clinton voters. Instead, a majority (64%) of Trump voters do not think that it’s hard to be friends with Clinton voters while 34% believe it is difficult.
The Cato 2017 Free Speech and Tolerance Survey helps explain why students at the College of William and Mary shut down an invited speaker from the ACLU. Most students believe that “supporting someone’s right to say racist things is as bad as holding racist views yourself," that hate speech is an act of violence, and that society can ban hate speech while still protecting free speech.
Nearly two-thirds (63%) of Republicans agree that journalists today are an "enemy of the American people," finds the Cato 2017 Free Speech and Tolerance Survey. In contrast, 89% of Democrats and 61% of independents do not think journalists are the enemy.