Jul 16, 2014

Obama viewed as more caring than Bush, but no more effective

A new Pew Research Center survey finds that President Barack Obama’s overall approval rating has held steady at 44%, even as he receives low marks for his handling of the surge of undocumented child immigrants at the U.S. border.

Jul 2, 2014

Most Americans think the U.S. is great, but fewer say it’s the greatest

As Americans prepare to celebrate July 4th, 58% consider the U.S. to be one of the greatest countries in the world, but that number has declined 10 points since 2011.

Jun 30, 2014

Americans show modest interest in Iraq news, less interest in World Cup

So far, the growing crisis in Iraq has not drawn strong interest from the American public. As Sunni militants extend their control of large swaths of Iraq, 25% say they are paying very close attention to the growing violence and political instability in Iraq. By comparison, 28% of Americans surveyed June 26-29 say they followed […]

May 20, 2014

More Republicans than Democrats see military service as asset for presidential candidates

As the 2016 presidential campaign ramps up, Republicans and Democrats have different wish lists when it comes to what traits they want in a candidate.

Dec 20, 2013

Polling on the deficit: Why question order matters

Polling organizations devote a great deal of attention to the wording of survey questions, but they need to be just as concerned about how questions are ordered. The context in which a specific question is asked, particularly what directly precedes a question in a telephone interview, often has an impact on the way people respond.

Sep 30, 2013

The last government shutdown and now: a different environment

As the government faces its first shutdown since 1995-1996, the standoff between the Obama administration and Republicans over the federal budget is occurring in a different public opinion environment than when President Bill Clinton faced off with the GOP-controlled House.

Sep 27, 2013

Lessons from the last government shutdown

The 1995-1996 government shutdowns didn’t help the GOP’s image, but the party had lost support among the public well before they happened.

Sep 19, 2013

Boehner’s hard line on budget is in step with GOP primary voters

This week, House Speaker John Boehner agreed to tie funding of the government to defunding Obamacare, as conservative members of his caucus have demanded. This proposal may be unlikely to survive the Democratic-controlled Senate, not to mention the president’s veto pen, but recent Pew Research Center surveys show that it is clearly in step with […]

Aug 13, 2013

Many Americans say educational system in need of overhaul

About two-thirds of Americans say either that the education system in this country needs to be completely rebuilt (21%) or that it requires major changes.

Aug 7, 2013

Tea Party Republicans exert stronger influence in GOP primaries

There is a 17-point gap between the percentage of Tea Party Republicans (62%) and non-Tea Party Republicans (45%) who say they always vote in primary elections.