Obama charts a new foreign policy course for a public that wants the focus to be at home
The speech also comes at a time when the American public has less of an appetite for foreign involvement and believes American clout is not what it used to be.
About half of veterans of post-9/11 wars served with someone who was killed
About half of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans (47%) said that they served with a comrade that had been killed. That number rises to 62% among soldiers who were in combat.
In the polls, Tea Party support falls among Republicans
Tea Party agreement among GOP has fallen from 48% in March 2010 to 33% in late April, 2014.
Veterans Administration critics include the soldiers who served in post-9/11 wars
Asked whether the VA put enough focus on post-9/11 war veterans compared to its treatment of previous generations of veterans, half of those who served in Iraq or Afghanistan said the treatment they got was about the right amount while 44% said it was not enough.
Obama job ratings higher than Bush, but pale next to Bill Clinton
Obama’s job approval rating stands at 44% while Bush’s was 35% at the same point in the 2006 midterm year. Clinton’s approval rating was a solid 62% at this point in 1998.
Democrats find themselves divided on Keystone pipeline
Some Democratic senators may join with Republicans to vote for building the Keystone XL pipeline. It’s an issue that divides Democrats, a Pew Research survey found in March.
In Germany, U.S., polls find little support for military aid to Ukraine
The action most favored by Germans (69%) in response to Russia’s incursion into Ukraine is economic and financial support for Ukraine, a measure that both the U.S. and Ukraine governments have backed.
Kaiser: Majority of Americans back health law mandate on contraceptive coverage
The Supreme Court recently heard arguments on two challenges to the health care law’s mandate that requires many employers to include contraceptive coverage in their health insurance plans, a mandate that has 61% public support.
5 facts about the NRA and guns in America
#5: 37% of adults reported having a gun in their household in 2013.
Public strongly backs affirmative action programs on campus
The use of affirmative action programs in college admissions has roiled campuses and the public for years, leading to state-passed laws banning the practice to today’s Supreme Court ruling upholding a Michigan voter initiative banning the use of racial preferences. But while the debate and the battles continue, a new Pew Research Center poll finds that Americans overwhelmingly support these programs.