Public gives mixed marks to Bernanke
Roughly four-in-ten Americans expressed a favorable view of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke in September.
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.
Compensation rises for college presidents
The median pay for 550 chief executives of private nonprofit colleges ticked up by 3% in 2011.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Americans put low priority on promoting democracy abroad
Promoting democracy abroad was cited as a top foreign policy priority by just 18% of Americans.