Half of Americans say it’s essential to reform immigration this year
President Obama called yesterday for action this year on immigration; about half of Americans said passage of major legislation this year was essential.
Report questions drone use, widely unpopular globally, but not in the U.S.
A new report raises “serious concerns” about the U.S. drone campaign in Pakistan. U.S. public opinion about the use of drones in general sharply differs from the widespread opposition to the missile strikes among other nations.
IRS viewed least favorably among federal agencies
The IRS was rated less favorably than any of the other federal agencies tested in a new Pew Research survey; 51% had a negative opinion.
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.