Public Closely Tracks Tax Deal News
The debate over taxes and the economy grabbed the public’s attention more than most Washington policy discussions. Republicans are more likely than Democrats or independents to say they followed news closely.
In the depths of the 1981-1982 recession, Americans were far more displeased with their president and his policies than were their predecessors during the Great Depression, more so even than in today’s high-unemployment economy.
Tax Deal Wins Broad Bipartisan Support
The public views the tax agreement between Obama and congressional Republicans as beneficial to both the economy and their personal finances. There are virtually no partisan differences in opinions about the agreement.
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When asked specifically if they are on Twitter, rather than a generic status-updating site, 8% of online adults say they use the popular social media tool. Tweeting is especially popular among young adults, minorities and those who live in cities.
Deficit Solutions Meet With Public Skepticism
While an overwhelming number of Americans deem the deficit a major problem that must be dealt with now, few are willing to support specific proposals to address the issue. On dealing with the deficit, Obama has more credibility than Republican congressional leaders.
Blogs and Twitter Talk WikiLeaks
WikiLeaks was a popular topic across social media, but while blogs stayed political, Twitter users focused on the technological and international aspects of the story. The death of actor Leslie Neilsen, drew equal attention on blogs.
Public Sees WikiLeaks as Harmful
Most Americans following news about the WikiLeaks’s release of classified documents about U.S. diplomatic relations see the revelations doing more harm than good.
WikiLeaks Data Dump Drives News
Attention to the economy reached its highest level in 20 months and a major document dump cemented WikiLeaks’ status as a significant newsmaker.
Mixed Views on Tax Cuts, Support for START and Allowing Gays to Serve Openly
With the public giving subpar approval ratings to President Obama and continuing to express negative views of Congress and the political parties, it goes its own way on many of the remaining issues before the lame-duck Congress.