Public says dysfunctional government is nation’s top problem
A Gallup poll finds 33% of Americans cite dissatisfaction with government and elected representatives as the nation’s top issue.
Curbing military aid to Egypt has support among the U.S. public
The Obama administration reportedly is planning to curb U.S. military aid to Egypt, a move that many Americans would support, according to a Pew Research poll conducted in August.
Tea Party backlash? Not among rank-and-file Republicans
Just 18% of Republicans believe their leaders are paying too much attention to the Tea Party.
Supreme Court starts new term coming off record-low ratings
The Supreme Court began its new term today, after seeing its favorability ratings drop following rulings during its last term.
Obama bows out of Asian summit amid mixed views of U.S., China in region
President Obama’s decision to cancel his trip to the Pacific Rim economic summit because of the political battle at home over the budget and debt ceiling comes at a time when publics in the region have mixed views about the U.S. and China.
Most of the uninsured plan to get coverage soon, but not necessarily because of the law
A majority of Americans without health insurance say they will obtain it in the next six months, but only 26% say it is because of the health law’s requirement.
20 facts from Pew Research Center
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About half of Americans say the political parties have grown so far apart that they can’t agree on solutions
Almost half of Americans say Congress is gridlocked because of the wide partisan gap; more than a third say it’s because of a few members who won’t compromise.
Public says news coverage of health care law shortchanges practical information
A majority of Americans say the news media’s coverage of the law has been focused on politics and controversies, rather than how it will impact people.
Republicans divided on impact of shutdown, willingness to compromise
The share of Tea Party Republicans who say the economic effect of a government shutdown will be major is 21 points lower than others in the GOP.