Just 28% of Republicans believe GOP advocates its principles well
A minority of Republicans believe that their party is doing a good job in standing up for its traditional positions of smaller government, tax-cutting and conservative social values.
Polling on the deficit: Why question order matters
Polling organizations devote a great deal of attention to the wording of survey questions, but they need to be just as concerned about how questions are ordered. The context in which a specific question is asked, particularly what directly precedes a question in a telephone interview, often has an impact on the way people respond.
Boehner takes on Tea Party at time when Republican views of him are more unfavorable
The point increase in unfavorable opinions of Rep. John Boehner since he became House Speaker.
Americans see U.S. losing ground against mental illness, prescription drug abuse
The public views a number of public health problems as serious, but while prescription drug abuse does not top the list, it stands out as a problem that Americans say is getting worse.
From courts to cops to shops: Where blacks perceive discrimination
Seven-in-ten blacks say that blacks in their communities were treated less fairly than whites in dealing with police.
Tea Party Republicans have a love-hate relationship with government
Tea Party Republicans like some federal agencies as much as Democrats do.
The tough job of being House speaker
During their terms as Speaker of the House, both Republican leader John Boehner and Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi experienced similar trajectories in their favorability ratings.
John Boehner’s dilemma – in a chart
Sentiment about GOP leaders has shifted among the Republican rank-and-file since last month, with Tea party Republican more approving of the leaders, while non-Tea Party Republicans are less approving.
Most federal agencies viewed positively, despite frustration and anger with government
The public has long expressed a more negative opinion of “the government” than of the departments and agencies that actually carry out the work of government.
Lessons from the last government shutdown
The 1995-1996 government shutdowns didn’t help the GOP’s image, but the party had lost support among the public well before they happened.