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U.S. PoliticsMarch 16, 2009

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.

U.S. PoliticsMarch 12, 2009

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.

U.S. PoliticsMarch 5, 2009

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.

U.S. PoliticsFebruary 26, 2009

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.

U.S. PoliticsFebruary 26, 2009

Newspapers Face a Challenging Calculus

The growth in readership online has not offset the decline in print for newspapers.

U.S. PoliticsFebruary 19, 2009

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.

U.S. PoliticsFebruary 19, 2009

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.

U.S. PoliticsFebruary 18, 2009

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.

U.S. PoliticsFebruary 12, 2009

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.

U.S. PoliticsFebruary 11, 2009

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.