State of the Union 2015: How Americans see the nation, their leaders and the issues
As President Obama delivers the State of the Union address Jan. 20, here’s a primer of U.S. public opinion on top issues, the state of the nation and the country’s political leaders.
Many in U.S. followed Charlie Hebdo story closely, but past terrorist incidents abroad drew more attention
The attack on the offices of the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo claiming 12 lives was the most closely followed news in the U.S. last week, but interest in the story was not as high when compared with four previous terrorist incidents abroad.
GOP Congress takes over amid public pessimism about an end to divisions
The new GOP-controlled Congress takes office at a time when the American public sees partisan rifts in the country getting worse.
Americans’ views on use of torture in fighting terrorism have been mixed
In August 2011, 53% of Americans said the use of torture to question suspected terrorists could be often or sometimes justified, while 42% said it could only rarely be justified or not justified at all.
Ferguson highlights deep divisions between blacks and whites in America
One of the most persistent gaps between blacks and whites involves their levels of confidence in police.
Obama vs. the Republicans on environmental issues: How the public views them
While President Obama’s stock with the public has taken a beating, the environment is one area where he maintains an advantage over the GOP.
Why can’t we all get along? Challenges ahead for bipartisan cooperation
President Obama meets Friday with Republican leaders after their election day victories to talk about cooperation on key issues. We review the public opinion challenges facing both parties in any quest for bipartisanship.
6 facts about the electorate on midterm day
Six facts about the 2014 electorate culled from Pew Research surveys and analyses during this midterm year.
5 takeaways on how Americans view a world in crisis
The crises in the Middle East with ISIS and the power struggle with Russian in the Ukraine have caused Americans shift to their views on U.S. global involvement.
More Americans say U.S. failed to achieve its goals in Iraq
As Sunni militants make a major military push against the central government in Iraq, the Obama administration is said to have rebuffed requests from Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to use drones to strike at extremist bases. That reported reluctance follows years of U.S. military intervention in Iraq that many Americans say was misguided and failed to achieve its goals.