U.S. Politics Feb. 9, 2009

Support for Stimulus Plan Slips, But Obama Rides High

Although support for the economic stimulus package has weakened over the last month, President Obama’s personal image is extremely strong with fully 92% of the public rating him a good communicator. And the belief that Obama represents a break from politics as usual is widespread, despite the highly partisan reaction to his economic stimulus proposal.

U.S. Politics Feb. 5, 2009

On Darwin’s 200th Birthday, Americans Still Divided About Evolution

Opinion polls over the past two decades have found the American public deeply divided — and confused — in its beliefs about the origins and development of life on earth.

U.S. Politics Feb. 4, 2009

Policy Issues Overshadow Personal Stories in Obama’s First Weeks

The public focused much more on President Obama’s stimulus plans than on his successful bid to keep his Blackberry. Also, fully eight-in-ten say they have heard a lot about the coming switch to digital TV.

U.S. Politics Feb. 3, 2009

Limbaugh Holds onto his Niche — Conservative Men

While Rush’s syndicated radio show does not have the reach of other conservative favorites like Bill O’Reilly’s television program, his audience is by far the most conservative of any program or network tested by a Pew Research survey. It was also the most male.

U.S. Politics Jan. 29, 2009

Dems’ Favorability Advantage Widens

The current Democratic favorability advantage is the largest measured in nearly two decades. Even among white evangelical Protestants, loyal supporters of the Republican Party, opinions about the two parties are about even.

U.S. Politics Jan. 29, 2009

Ideological Gaps Over Israel on Both Sides of Atlantic

The American public has long expressed strong support for Israel. In contrast, polls in Western Europe have frequently found more support for the Palestinians. But while they generally take different sides in the conflict, political ideology matters in both America and Europe.

U.S. Politics Jan. 28, 2009

Inauguration Outdraws Interest in Economy

The public paid very close attention to the inauguration of Barack Obama as president last week, while keeping a close eye on the nation’s troubled economy. More than four-in-ten (42%) Americans say the inauguration of the nation’s first black president was the news story they followed most closely. By comparison, 25% say the same of […]

U.S. Politics Jan. 23, 2009

Plane Crash Draws as Much Interest as Economy

Among domestic airline and train accidents of recent years, only one — the deadly crash of TWA flight 800 off the coast of New York in 1996 — attracted significantly greater public interest than the dramatic emergency landing of US Airways flight 1549 in New York’s Hudson River.

U.S. Politics Jan. 22, 2009

On Obama’s Desk: Economy, Jobs Trump All Other Policy Priorities

While it is not unusual for Americans to prioritize domestic over foreign policy, a new survey finds strengthening the economy and improving the job situation are higher priorities today than they have been at any point over the past decade, and the recent upward trend has been steep.

U.S. Politics Jan. 21, 2009

Who Expects To Gain — And Lose — Under Obama

More Americans say that people like themselves will gain influence under the Obama administration than was the case for the last two incoming presidents. Many who did not vote for Obama say this as well — including pluralities of all whites and white evangelical Christians.