While focus on foreign problems lessens, U.S. public keeps its eye on China
While the American public increasingly has been looking inward after years of economic stress at home and a decade of wars abroad, they have a keen awareness of the challenges posed to the U.S. by China in the superpower competition between the two countries.
Americans divided over whether U.S. achieved its goals in Iraq
A decade after the U.S. invasion of Iraq, 46% of Americans believe the U.S. achieved its goals there while 43% said it had not.
Sebelius goes before Congress amid negative public view of health exchanges
Surveyed shortly after the online health insurance exchanges launched, a plurality of Americans said they were not working well or at all.
Tea Party Republicans have a love-hate relationship with government
Tea Party Republicans like some federal agencies as much as Democrats do.
The tough job of being House speaker
During their terms as Speaker of the House, both Republican leader John Boehner and Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi experienced similar trajectories in their favorability ratings.
Chart of the Week: The geography of the House’s conservative core
More than half of House Republicans who wanted to use the appropriations process to de-fund the Affordable Care Act are from the South.
Democrats hold small lead over Republicans in early look at midterm elections
More than a year ahead of the 2014 congressional elections, Democrats have a six-point edge when it comes to which party voters would support in their districts.
A majority of Americans want their lawmakers to put district wishes over national interests
A majority of the public says members of Congress should base their vote on the wishes of their district over the interest of the country.
John Boehner’s dilemma – in a chart
Sentiment about GOP leaders has shifted among the Republican rank-and-file since last month, with Tea party Republican more approving of the leaders, while non-Tea Party Republicans are less approving.
Public wants compromise, but not on issues they care about
While many polls show that, in general, a majority of Americans want to see compromise in Washington, support for compromise drops when they are asked about specific tradeoffs.