Polling on the deficit: Why question order matters
Polling organizations devote a great deal of attention to the wording of survey questions, but they need to be just as concerned about how questions are ordered. The context in which a specific question is asked, particularly what directly precedes a question in a telephone interview, often has an impact on the way people respond.
Obama, Bush and the ‘second-term curse’
Barack Obama and George Bush have at least one thing in common when it comes to the second terms they won — the first year of their encores have been downers when it came to their public images.
Liberal Democrats still approve of Obama, but many don’t feel strongly
President Obama continues to have sky-high job ratings among liberal Democrats — 90% approve and just 8% disapprove in Pew Research’s poll earlier this month. Their approval of his job performance is twice the rating given by the public as a whole (which rose slightly to 45% after steadily declining over six months). But many […]
Boehner takes on Tea Party at time when Republican views of him are more unfavorable
The point increase in unfavorable opinions of Rep. John Boehner since he became House Speaker.
Chart of the Week: Most new gun laws since Newtown ease restrictions
In the year since the Newtown school shootings, most new state gun laws have loosened rather than tightened restrictions.
A year after Newtown, little change in public opinion on guns
After the horrific shootings at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., a year ago claiming the lives of 20 children and six adults, there was a sense in the country – especially among gun-control supporters — that the tragedy would be different from similar ones in the past and push the nation to action. But ultimately, a sustained change in public opinion did not materialize, and a bill to tighten gun laws died in the Senate.
Regulators approve Volcker Rule, but public is split on financial regulation
About half of Americans think the government hasn’t gone far enough in regulating financial institutions following the 2007-08 financial crisis.
Americans split on value of surveillance programs
Four-in-ten Americans believe the government’s phone and internet surveillance programs have made the U.S. safer against terrorism.
Republicans gloomier about U.S. role in the world
Partisanship is a major factor in a new Pew Research Center survey showing that a growing number of Americans believe the U.S. is less respected in the world and plays a less important role globally than 10 years ago.
Harvard poll finds Millennials have turned sour on Obama
A new survey by Harvard University’s Institute of Politics finds that 18-to-29 year olds now have a more negative view of his presidency. But the declines are not greater than those of other age groups.