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.

U.S. Politics Oct. 14, 2009

But What Do the Polls Show?

Perhaps the best way to think about public opinion and its relationship to politics and policymaking is that the American public is typically short on facts, but often long on judgment.

U.S. Politics Oct. 9, 2009

Obama’s Nobel Prize

News that President Obama has won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize is another sign of his international appeal, as his election effectively turned around America’s negative image in many countries.

U.S. Politics Sep. 4, 2009

Obama’s Approval Ratings Slide: By the Numbers

In April, 62% of the public approved of Barack Obama’s performance as president, but in August, just four months later, 52% approved. Obama’s approval rating has declined across nearly all major demographic and political groups.

U.S. Politics Aug. 19, 2009

Would Americans Welcome Medicare if it Were Being Proposed in 2009?

Much of the opposition to health care reform today is being fueled by anti-government sentiment that did not exist during the mid-1960′s.

U.S. Politics Aug. 7, 2009

Public Supports Targeting Al Qaeda Leaders, Wants Congress in the Loop

Americans generally support allowing the Central Intelligence Agency to assassinate al Qaeda leaders, but opinions are more mixed about whether the CIA should have such a program without first informing Congress.