Dec 18, 2013

Public gives mixed marks to Bernanke

Roughly four-in-ten Americans expressed a favorable view of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke in September.

Dec 17, 2013

Snowden leaks seen as harming the public interest

More than half of Americans believe that Edward Snowden’s leaks about NSA surveillance programs have harmed the public interest.

Dec 16, 2013

Compensation rises for college presidents

The median pay for 550 chief executives of private nonprofit colleges ticked up by 3% in 2011.

Dec 12, 2013

A year after Newtown, little change in public opinion on guns

After the horrific shootings at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., a year ago claiming the lives of 20 children and six adults, there was a sense in the country – especially among gun-control supporters — that the tragedy would be different from similar ones in the past and push the nation to action. But ultimately, a sustained change in public opinion did not materialize, and a bill to tighten gun laws died in the Senate.

Dec 11, 2013

Lawmakers compromise on budget deal — and that’s what the public says it wants

About six-in-ten of Americans say they want lawmakers to be more willing to compromise on budget issues even if it meant they “reached a deal you disagreed with.”

Dec 5, 2013

Americans see growing gap between rich and poor

The issue of income inequality is back in the news at a time when the U.S. public believes there is a growing gulf between rich and poor that is likely to continue.

Dec 5, 2013

Republicans gloomier about U.S. role in the world

Partisanship is a major factor in a new Pew Research Center survey showing that a growing number of Americans believe the U.S. is less respected in the world and plays a less important role globally than 10 years ago.

Dec 4, 2013

Harvard poll finds Millennials have turned sour on Obama

A new survey by Harvard University’s Institute of Politics finds that 18-to-29 year olds now have a more negative view of his presidency. But the declines are not greater than those of other age groups.

Dec 4, 2013

Americans put low priority on promoting democracy abroad

Promoting democracy abroad was cited as a top foreign policy priority by just 18% of Americans.

Dec 2, 2013

As tensions rise in Asia, a look at how Japanese, South Koreans and Chinese view each other

Vice President Joseph Biden is in Asia on a trip that will take him to Japan, South Korea and China for high-level meetings that come at a time when tensions have ratcheted up in the region over China’s decision to declare an air defense zone over disputed islands – just one of the issues underlying […]