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.
The Middle East has the dimmest view of the United Nations
A median of 56% in seven Middle Eastern and North African countries had an unfavorable view of the United Nations.
Most Americans have not felt impact of new health care law
About six-in-ten Americans have yet to see much impact from the health care law.
Majority of Americans say banks, large corporations benefitted most from U.S. economic policies
Nearly seven-in-ten Americans say large banks and financial institutions have benefited the most from post-recession government policies.
Mass shootings rivet national attention, but are a small share of gun violence
Mass shootings capture national attention, but they represent a relatively small share of firearm homicides.
Five years after country’s fiscal crisis, wide partisan gap exists over financial regulation
The share of Republicans who say government regulation of financial institutions has gone too far is 38 percentage points higher than Democrats.
Public ranks the deficit much higher than immigration overhaul as a priority
About half of Americans believe it is essential for the president and Congress to enact major immigration legislation this year.
Most Americans see terrorism as part of life in the future
Three-quarters of Americans said in the wake of the Boston bombings that occasional acts of terrorism will be part of U.S. life in the future.