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.
Curbing military aid to Egypt has support among the U.S. public
The Obama administration reportedly is planning to curb U.S. military aid to Egypt, a move that many Americans would support, according to a Pew Research poll conducted in August.
Supreme Court starts new term coming off record-low ratings
The Supreme Court began its new term today, after seeing its favorability ratings drop following rulings during its last term.
Most federal agencies viewed positively, despite frustration and anger with government
The public has long expressed a more negative opinion of “the government” than of the departments and agencies that actually carry out the work of government.
About half of Americans say the political parties have grown so far apart that they can’t agree on solutions
Almost half of Americans say Congress is gridlocked because of the wide partisan gap; more than a third say it’s because of a few members who won’t compromise.
How much might a government shutdown cost? Plenty, history says
The estimated cost of the two federal government shutdowns in fiscal 1996 was more than $1.4 billion ($2.1 billion in today’s dollars).
Lessons from the last government shutdown
The 1995-1996 government shutdowns didn’t help the GOP’s image, but the party had lost support among the public well before they happened.