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 […]

Nov 26, 2013

Anxious about the economy, more Americans worry about their jobs

About six-in-ten Americans worry that they will lose their jobs due to the current state of the economy.

Nov 22, 2013

Democrats’ support of health care law falls after rocky rollout

Support for the new health care law took a beating in November – particularly among Democrats – during a period when many Americans paid close attention to the heavy news coverage of its problem-plagued rollout, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking poll released today

Nov 21, 2013

First female marines graduate from corps’ grueling infantry course

Three entry-level enlisted women graduate today from the Marine Corps’ infantry training course, as military researches readiness of women for combat roles.