U.S. Politics Sep. 8, 2011

Jobs vs. Deficit — Where the Public Stands

When President Obama goes before a joint session of Congress on Thursday to lay out a plan for spurring jobs creation, one of the political and policy dynamics at work will be the tension that animated the debate in Washington all this year: the push to reduce federal spending and the government’s deficit competing against whether some kind of stimulus is needed to deal with a faltering recovery and the stubbornly-high unemployment rate.

Global Sep. 7, 2011

From Hyperpower to Declining Power

Early in the post-Sept. 11 era, the projection of American military strength led to pervasive fears of an unleashed, and unchecked, hyperpower. More recently, however, the global financial crisis has turned the spotlight to America’s declining economic prowess and perceptions of a great power in decline.

Jul. 29, 2011

Wealth Gaps and Perception Gaps: A Paradox of the Great Recession

When the real estate market melted down, those hit hardest by the sharp drop in household wealth were blacks and Hispanics. But even while their wealth was being decimated, the political reaction among the nation’s minorities has been surprisingly muted.

U.S. Politics Jul. 14, 2011

The Debt Ceiling Showdown – Where the Public Stands

The nation is headed toward a possible government default on Aug. 2 if no agreement is reached to raise the debt ceiling.

U.S. Politics Jul. 5, 2011

Are Republicans Ready Now for a Mormon President?

An important group within the Republican base, white evangelical Protestants, is more uncomfortable with the idea of a Mormon candidate than are other Republicans.

U.S. Politics Jun. 30, 2011

U.S. Seen as Among the Greatest Nations, But Not Superior to All Others

Despite the struggling economy and broad dissatisfaction with national conditions, the public has a positive view of the United States’ global standing. But more think that the U.S. is one of the greatest countries in the world than say it stands above all other countries.

U.S. Politics Jun. 20, 2011

Ideological Chasm Over Interpreting Constitution

Half of Americans (50%) say the Court’s rulings should be based on its understanding of what the U.S. Constitution means in current times, while about as many (45%) say rulings should be based on its understanding of what the Constitution meant as originally written.

U.S. Politics Jun. 16, 2011

In Shift from Bush Era, More Conservatives Say “Come Home, America”

The proportion of conservative Republicans supporting U.S. activism in world affairs has fallen substantially since 2004 — a shift that is part of a broader blurring of partisan differences in opinions about America’s role in the world. Still, Republicans remain more supportive than Democrats and independents of the war in Afghanistan.

U.S. Politics May. 26, 2011

‘Staunch Conservatives’ Are Wary of Wall Street

Nearly three years after the financial crisis that sent the nation’s economy into a tailspin, the public expresses mixed views of Wall Street.

U.S. Politics May. 16, 2011

When Private Lives Become Public

Generally, the issues matter most in voters’ judgments about presidential candidates, but personality, character and values are not far behind — and especially so in primary elections.