Time: How the Soundings Were Taken

The problems that trouble the U.S. today are complex and interrelated in unexpected ways. To plumb and analyze them, TIME Soundings will report quarterly on the mood, temper and outlook of Americans. Soundings consists of a series of political and social indicators that were developed for TIME by Yankelovich, Skelly & White, Inc. The report differs from more traditional opinion polls in two respects: 1) Soundings not only measures shifts in public opinion but also tries to monitor the underlying trends that produce sea changes in public attitudes, and 2) the indicators are...

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