Democrats hold small lead over Republicans in early look at midterm elections
More than a year ahead of the 2014 congressional elections, Democrats have a six-point edge when it comes to which party voters would support in their districts.
A majority of Americans want their lawmakers to put district wishes over national interests
A majority of the public says members of Congress should base their vote on the wishes of their district over the interest of the country.
Nearly 4-in-10 voters don’t want to see their own lawmaker re-elected
The share of voters who say they don’t want to see their own representative re-elected is high as it’s been in two decades.
There is no news junkie like a cable TV news junkie
The most dedicated cable news viewers average 72 minutes, more than an hour, of home viewing a day.
Dealing with deficit a top public priority, but little agreement on how
The number of Americans who said reducing the deficit was a top public priority rose 19 points between 2009 and 2013.
Public says dysfunctional government is nation’s top problem
A Gallup poll finds 33% of Americans cite dissatisfaction with government and elected representatives as the nation’s top issue.
Curbing military aid to Egypt has support among the U.S. public
The Obama administration reportedly is planning to curb U.S. military aid to Egypt, a move that many Americans would support, according to a Pew Research poll conducted in August.
Tea Party backlash? Not among rank-and-file Republicans
Just 18% of Republicans believe their leaders are paying too much attention to the Tea Party.
Supreme Court starts new term coming off record-low ratings
The Supreme Court began its new term today, after seeing its favorability ratings drop following rulings during its last term.
Obama bows out of Asian summit amid mixed views of U.S., China in region
President Obama’s decision to cancel his trip to the Pacific Rim economic summit because of the political battle at home over the budget and debt ceiling comes at a time when publics in the region have mixed views about the U.S. and China.