Americans’ views of job availability among most positive in last 15 years
Americans are now more positive about the job opportunities available to them than they have been since the economic meltdown, when views of the job market took a nosedive.
Post-election blues? Democrats’ expectations for 2015 take a dive
Fewer Americans have high hopes for 2015 than they did for 2014, a change largely driven by greater pessimism among Democrats.
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.
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.
Americans show modest interest in Iraq news, less interest in World Cup
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.
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.
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.
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.