U.S. Politics Feb. 1, 2010

Olympics Bridge Gender Divide In Sports Interest

This month’s Winter Olympics will be a rare sporting event in at least one respect: As many women as men say they are especially looking forward to the winter games.

U.S. Politics Feb. 1, 2010

Inviting Centrists to the Tea Party

The Tea Party movement may well attract more supporters as it becomes better known although divisions among Republicans and independents’ wariness of political extremes may limit its growth.

U.S. Politics Feb. 1, 2010

Almost All Millennials Accept Interracial Dating and Marriage

Compared with older groups, particularly Americans ages 50 or older, younger Americans are significantly more likely to be accepting of interracial marriage and are more likely to have friends of a different race.

U.S. Politics Jan. 26, 2010

It’s All About Jobs, Except When It’s Not

A look at the connection between the rise and fall of joblessness and the political fortunes of past presidents in the modern era is instructive although the lessons to be drawn are far from crystal clear. Thus far, only Ronald Reagan’s ratings in his first term have borne as close a connection as have Obama’s to changes in the unemployment rate.

U.S. Politics Jan. 21, 2010

Michelle Obama’s Strong Personal Image

The first lady is more popular than either her husband or her two immediate predecessors.

U.S. Politics Jan. 7, 2010

Millennials’ Judgments About Recent Trends Not So Different

Opinions of older adults tend to differ more from the other age groups than the views of those of the youngest generation when it comes to embracing technological advances and societal change. Two issues, the acceptance of homosexuality and tattoos, create especially large generational gaps.

U.S. Politics Dec. 17, 2009

Obama’s 2010 Challenge: Wake Up Liberals, Calm Down Independents

His approval has slipped, but is not much different from where Reagan stood at this point in his term. But the public’s conservative shift could be trouble for the president.

U.S. Politics Nov. 23, 2009

Where the Public Stands on Immigration Reform

Polling has found significant support for both tougher enforcement and the so-called “path to citizenship,” but several factors suggest that a new push for reform could be a difficult one.

U.S. Politics Nov. 5, 2009

Public Divided Over Afghan Troop Requests, But Still Sees Rationale for War

As Obama weighs difficult choices in Afghanistan, the public also appears to be finding it difficult to judge the merits of different options for expanding, maintaining or contracting the U.S. effort on that front.

U.S. Politics Oct. 27, 2009

Searching For Clues in the Global Warming Puzzle

Why do fewer Americans believe the earth is warming? A range of possibilities, including a sour economy and, perhaps, a cooler than normal summer in parts of the U.S., may provide an explanation.