U.S. Politics Jan. 22, 2015

How Americans View Government Agencies

The public continues to express positive views of many agencies of the federal government, even though overall trust in government is near historic lows.

U.S. Politics Jan. 20, 2015

Obama, in a Word

As public perceptions of Barack Obama have changed, so too have the words used to describe him. While familiar words like “good” and “incompetent” are used most frequently (as was the case in 2013) new words like “dictator” and “impressive” also have emerged.

U.S. Politics Jan. 16, 2015

Americans Support Stronger Ties with Cuba

Fully 63% of Americans approve of the Obama administration’s decision in December to re-establish diplomatic ties with Cuba after more than 50 years.

U.S. Politics Jan. 15, 2015

Americans’ Top Priorities for 2015

For the first time in five years, as many Americans cite defending the U.S. against terrorism (76%) as a top policy priority as say that about strengthening the nation’s economy (75%).

Internet & Tech Jan. 15, 2015

Social Media & Stress

Frequent use of social media is not directly related to higher stress. But stress can be contagious through social media channels: Social media users are often more aware of the stressful events in others’ lives, and this awareness itself can lead to higher stress.

U.S. Politics Jan. 14, 2015

Obama’s Job Rating Ticks Higher

President Obama enters the seventh year of his presidency with a 47% approval rating, up five points since December. Meanwhile, the public’s views of the U.S. economy have steadily improved.

Jan. 14, 2015

Women and Leadership

Most Americans say women are every bit as capable of being good leaders as men, whether in political offices or in corporate boardrooms. So why, then, are they underrepresented in top jobs?

U.S. Politics Jan. 12, 2015

Americans’ Terrorism Worries Hold Steady After Paris Attacks

There has been little change in the public’s worries about an imminent terrorist attack in the United States, even in the aftermath of the deadly shootings in Paris.

Internet & Tech Jan. 9, 2015

Social Media Update 2014

While Facebook remains the most popular site, other platforms — like LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter — saw higher rates of growth over the past year. In 2014, 52% of online adults used two or more social media sites, up from 42% in 2013.

U.S. Politics Jan. 8, 2015

The Politics of Financial Insecurity

While the least financially secure Americans are more likely to back Democrats, that support is undercut by low political participation. Those who are financially insecure are far more likely to opt out of the political system altogether.