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.
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.
‘Merry Christmas’ or ‘Happy Holidays’?
When asked about how stores should greet their customers over the holidays, 42% of Americans prefer “Merry Christmas,” 12% prefer “Happy Holidays” and 46% say it doesn’t matter.
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.”
Regulators approve Volcker Rule, but public is split on financial regulation
About half of Americans think the government hasn’t gone far enough in regulating financial institutions following the 2007-08 financial crisis.
Americans split on value of surveillance programs
Four-in-ten Americans believe the government’s phone and internet surveillance programs have made the U.S. safer against terrorism.
Most U.S. Catholics call addressing clergy sex abuse a top priority
After Pope Francis was elected in March, 70% of U.S. Catholics said that addressing the abuse scandal should be “a top priority” for him.
Americans put low priority on promoting democracy abroad
Promoting democracy abroad was cited as a top foreign policy priority by just 18% of Americans.