U.S. Politics Jun. 2, 2009

Public Backs Affirmative Action, But Not Minority Preferences

The public has generally been supportive of affirmative action programs, but is decidedly opposed to the idea of providing preferential treatment to minorities.

May. 28, 2009

Most Middle-Aged Adults Are Rethinking Retirement Plans

In the midst of a recession that has taken a heavy toll on many nest eggs, just over half of all working adults ages 50 to 64 say they may delay their retirement — and another 16% say they never expect to stop working.

Pew Research Center May. 21, 2009

Court of Public Opinion Sides with Women on Empathy

Obama says empathy is one of the qualities he’ll be looking for in a new Supreme Court justice. Meantime, his White House has floated a list of possible nominees that’s stacked heavily with women. Coincidence?

U.S. Politics May. 7, 2009

Top of the Mind Impressions of Obama

An interactive graphic shows how perceptions of the president have changed over the past few months.

Pew Research Center May. 7, 2009

Search: “Swine Flu”

The public ranks the internet most useful as a source of information on the virus. Where and how are people finding flu facts online?

U.S. Politics Apr. 22, 2009

Will Obama Ride Reagan’s Ratings Roller Coaster?

A close look at reactions to Reagan’s first few months in office provides striking parallels with what polls now find about opinions of Obama. And a consideration of the Reagan experience may well give some clues as to what lies ahead for the 44th president.

U.S. Politics Apr. 21, 2009

GOP Party Identification Slips Nationwide and in Pennsylvania

The Republican Party has continued to lose adherents in 2009. In combined surveys since the start of the year, fewer than a quarter (23%) of Americans identify as Republicans. In total, the GOP has lost roughly a quarter of its base over the past five years. But these losses have not translated into substantial Democratic gains.

Apr. 8, 2009

Smokers Can’t Blow Off Stress

While many say they light up to relieve stress, half of all smokers say they “frequently” experience stress in their daily lives, compared with just 35% of those who once smoked and have now quit, and 31% of those who never smoked.

U.S. Politics Apr. 2, 2009

Partisan Gap in Obama Job Approval Widest in Modern Era

For all of his hopes about bipartisanship, Barack Obama has the most polarized early job approval ratings of any president in the past four decades.

U.S. Politics Apr. 1, 2009

No Decline in Belief That Obama is a Muslim

More than two months into Barack Obama’s presidency, as many people incorrectly identify him as a Muslim as did so during the 2008 campaign with white evangelicals and Republicans most likely to misidentify his religious affiliation.