Obama’s Approval Rating Slips Amid Division Over Economic Proposals
Most people think the new president is doing as much as he can to fix the economy, but the public expresses mixed views of his many major proposals to fix the economy. The public overwhelmingly supports Obama’s plan to remove most combat troops from Iraq by the end of August but a much narrower majority supports his planned troop buildup in Afghanistan.
Stop the Presses? Many Americans Wouldn’t Care a Lot if Local Papers Folded
Fewer than half say losing their local paper would hurt severely civic life; even fewer say they would miss reading it a lot.
States’ Budget Woes Register With Public
Interest in Obama’s speech to Congress was comparable to interest in Bush’s 2003 State of the Union, in which he made his case for war with Iraq.
Many Say Government on Right Track on Economy
An increasing number of Americans say the government’s action on the economy is on the right track.
Newspapers Face a Challenging Calculus
The growth in readership online has not offset the decline in print for newspapers.
On the Economy, Bad News Better Than No News
Americans overwhelmingly feel better knowing what’s going on even if it’s bad news, but significantly more now say that reports about the economy have some good sides.
One-In-Five Homeowners Feels “Underwater” On Mortgages
Those who say their homes are worth less than what they owe on their mortgages are generally younger, less affluent and more likely to be Hispanic or African American than are those who feel they would at least break even if they had to sell today.
Obama Faces Familiar Divisions Over Anti-Terror Policies
Obama receives positive ratings for his handling of terrorism but the public remains deeply divided over how best to defend the nation against the threat.
Jobs Worries Climb the Economic Ladder
For the public, the continuing financial crisis has been overtaken by a jobs crisis; the proportion citing jobs or unemployment as the nation’s most important economic problem has more than quadrupled to 42% since early October and concern about job loss has climbed steeply among affluent Americans.
Stimulus News Seen as More Negative Than Positive
Most Americans are following the debate over the stimulus package closely but many want to hear more information on the specifics of the proposals.