Karlyn Bowman compiles and analyzes American public opinion using available polling data on a variety of subjects, including the economy, taxes, the state of workers in America, environment and global warming, attitudes about homosexuality and gay marriage, NAFTA and free trade, the war in Iraq, and women's attitudes. In addition, Ms. Bowman has studied and spoken about the evolution of American politics because of key demographic and geographic changes. She has often lectured on the role of think tanks in the United States and writes a weekly column for Forbes.com.
Columnist, Forbes.com, 2008-present
Contributor, "Datapoints," The American, 2007-present
Columnist, "POLLitics," Roll Call, 1995-2007
Editor, "Opinion Pulse," The American Enterprise, 1995-2006
Editor, The American Enterprise, 1990-95
Managing Editor, Public Opinion, 1979-90
Fellow, Institute of Politics, JFK School of Government, Harvard University, 1985
Passive dissatisfaction is the order of the day, rather than an active, energized one that brings many voters to the polls. That may be why the polls in so many hot Senate contests this fall aren’t moving much. But for most Americans, the new harsher economic reality may temper the “throw the bums out” mentality.
Americans are lagging indicators when it comes to economic improvement, slow to see positive news and often worried that there will be backsliding. Today’s disappointing jobs report, with fewer jobs gained than expected, will underscore the pessimism in the polls.
The September issue of AEI’s Political Report looks at the racial differences in opinion on race relations, the police response to the shooting and subsequent protests in Ferguson, Mo., the Common Core, the border crisis, and pre-midterm election issues.
Let’s step back for a moment to look at black and white attitudes before the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Understanding the history of attitudes towards the criminal justice system and the police sheds light on views today.
As the 40th anniversary of Richard Nixon's resignation from the presidency approaches, it is worth taking another look at polls from the summer of 1974, as they provide some clues about current dissatisfaction with Washington.
Senior Fellow Karlyn Bowman speaks with WFAE 90.7 FM about results from the PEW research center, which found that the Millenial generation does not put as much emphasis on marriage as previous generations.