Majority of Americans say government should not force federal marijuana laws on states
Six-in-ten Americans say that the federal government should not enforce its marijuana laws in states that permit use.
Younger Republicans think more diverse nominees would help GOP win
A recent survey of Republican and Republican-leaning adults about the GOP’s future found stark age differences in opinions on the question of whether more diverse nominees would help the party perform better in future elections.
Possible chemical weapons use by Syria has influenced public support for action in past polls
Americans have consistently opposed U.S. involvement in the Syrian conflict, but have offered a somewhat different response when asked how they would respond if there is proof that President Bashar Assad’s forces attacked civilians with chemical weapons.
Sharp divisions in GOP base on raising the minimum wage
Proposals to raise the minimum wage face stiff opposition in Congress from Republicans, particularly in the House. But within the GOP base, there are sharp educational and income differences over the issue.
Many Americans say educational system in need of overhaul
About two-thirds of Americans say either that the education system in this country needs to be completely rebuilt (21%) or that it requires major changes.
Fewer GOP voters agree with the Tea Party than in 2010
About four-in-ten Republican voters say they agree with the Tea Party movement, down from its height in 2010.
Tea Party Republicans exert stronger influence in GOP primaries
There is a 17-point gap between the percentage of Tea Party Republicans (62%) and non-Tea Party Republicans (45%) who say they always vote in primary elections.
Both parties ’underwater’ heading into 2014 elections
Both parties currently are unpopular with the public, but as the GOP showed in 2010, a party with a low favorability rating can still score a sweeping victory in midterm elections.
GOP views of Paul, Christie reflect fight over civil liberties
The favorability ratings of Rand Paul and Chris Christie vary among Republican voters when viewed through the filter of those who approve of the NSA’s surveillance program and those who do not.
5 reasons Americans have the economic blahs
Despite modestly positive macroeconomic trends, many Americans feel lukewarm or worse about the economy. Five less-common indicators may help explain why.