U.S. Politics Nov. 23, 2009

Where the Public Stands on Immigration Reform

Polling has found significant support for both tougher enforcement and the so-called “path to citizenship,” but several factors suggest that a new push for reform could be a difficult one.

U.S. Politics Nov. 19, 2009

Abortion Plays Small Role in Health Reform Opposition

While most Americans oppose government funding of abortion, concern about abortion funding plays only a small role in driving opposition to the health care reform legislation. If anything, opposition to reform has declined, with currently 42% in favor and 39% opposed to the health care proposals in Congress.

U.S. Politics Nov. 19, 2009

What the Public Hears About Health Care

Debate over the public option has been more visible than any other specific element of reform. While few have heard how reform would be paid for, many more have heard about its cost.

U.S. Politics Nov. 18, 2009

Modest Rise In Concern About Islamic Extremism

Just more than half (52%) of Americans say they are very concerned about the possible rise of Islamic extremism in the U.S., up from 46% in April 2007.

U.S. Politics Nov. 11, 2009

Shootings Seize Public’s Attention

Public attention to the Fort Hood shootings is on par with the tragedy in Virginia Tech. Despite media coverage, election results don’t generate much interest.

U.S. Politics Nov. 11, 2009

A Year Out, Widespread Anti-Incumbent Sentiment

The mood of America is glum. Most are dissatisfied with the state of the nation, economic conditions, personal finances and an increasing number say the war in Afghanistan is not going well. Still, a majority continues to approve of Obama’s job as president.

U.S. Politics Nov. 5, 2009

Public Divided Over Afghan Troop Requests, But Still Sees Rationale for War

As Obama weighs difficult choices in Afghanistan, the public also appears to be finding it difficult to judge the merits of different options for expanding, maintaining or contracting the U.S. effort on that front.

U.S. Politics Nov. 5, 2009

Swine Flu Interest Outpaces Coverage

The public’s impression of economic news remains mixed at best, with 68% hearing “mostly bad news” about jobs.

U.S. Politics Oct. 30, 2009

Partisanship and Cable News Audiences

In recent years, Republican viewers have migrated increasingly to Fox News but Democrats comprise a larger share of the Fox News audience than Republicans do of CNN’s audience.

U.S. Politics Oct. 29, 2009

How the Public Judges News Network Ideology

The perception of Fox News as mostly conservative is shared across news audiences, but Fox News viewers are more likely to see the other cable and network stations as mostly liberal.