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.
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.
Where in the world are you? Facebook or Foursquare may know
Three-in-ten adult social media users have set up at least one of their accounts to automatically “tag” their posts with their current location.
Indonesians upbeat about Obama and the U.S., despite the president’s cancelled trips
President Obama has cancelled a trip to Indonesia for the third time because of troubles at home.
Most of the uninsured plan to get coverage soon, but not necessarily because of the law
A majority of Americans without health insurance say they will obtain it in the next six months, but only 26% say it is because of the health law’s requirement.
More white evangelicals than American Jews say God gave Israel to the Jewish people
A majority of white evangelicals believe God gave the land of Israel to the Jewish people, compared with 40% of American Jews who believe the same.
About half of Americans say the political parties have grown so far apart that they can’t agree on solutions
Almost half of Americans say Congress is gridlocked because of the wide partisan gap; more than a third say it’s because of a few members who won’t compromise.
How much might a government shutdown cost? Plenty, history says
The estimated cost of the two federal government shutdowns in fiscal 1996 was more than $1.4 billion ($2.1 billion in today’s dollars).
Public says news coverage of health care law shortchanges practical information
A majority of Americans say the news media’s coverage of the law has been focused on politics and controversies, rather than how it will impact people.