Americans like Michelle Obama, except for conservative Republicans
There’s been at least one constant in how the public views the Obama administration — the large number of Americans who have a favorable view of First Lady Michelle Obama.
Most Americans have negative view of Putin as Sochi games begin
About six-in-ten Americans have an unfavorable view of Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to a Washington Post/ABC News survey.
Views of health care law among uninsured Americans turn more negative
The share of Americans without insurance who have an unfavorable view of the health care law outnumber those with positive views by almost two-to-one.
Public sees GOP as less willing than Democrats to reach across the aisle
The public sees Democrats as more willing than Republicans to work with leaders from the other party by a 25-point margin.
Obama’s approval number is near his lowest as he delivers State of the Union address
President Obama’s job approval rating stands at 43% as he prepares to deliver his State of the Union address.
Obama lags his predecessors in recess appointments
In his six years in office, Barack Obama has made 32 recess appointments to federal positions.
Fewer Americans see cigarette smoking as a major public health problem
About half of Americans rank cigarette smoking as a serious public health problem.
Americans with just basic cell phones are a dwindling breed
The share of Americans who have a basic cellular phone that is not a smartphone has dropped 33 percentage points since 2005.
Number of older Americans in the workforce is on the rise
The share of Americans ages 65 to 74 who are in the nation’s workforce is expected to break the 30% mark by 2022.
Chart of the Week: Where the loss of unemployment benefits will hit
A map from the Washington Post shows the states where the expiration of unemployment benefits on Saturday will have the most impact.