U.S. Politics Oct. 27, 2009

Searching For Clues in the Global Warming Puzzle

Why do fewer Americans believe the earth is warming? A range of possibilities, including a sour economy and, perhaps, a cooler than normal summer in parts of the U.S., may provide an explanation.

U.S. Politics Oct. 22, 2009

Fewer Americans See Solid Evidence of Global Warming

There has been a sharp decline in the percentage of Americans who say there is solid evidence that global temperatures are rising. Still, there is more support than opposition for cap and trade policy.

U.S. Politics Oct. 22, 2009

Public Finds Afghanistan News Unchanging, Hard to Follow

As interest in the war remains modest, most Americans are unable to correctly estimate the number of U.S. fatalities in Afghanistan. Also, a majority now expects health care reform to pass.

U.S. Politics Oct. 15, 2009

Swine Flu News Gets a Shot in the Arm

Republicans are more likely than Democrats to say the media are overstating the danger of the swine flu and that they would not get vaccinated.

U.S. Politics Oct. 14, 2009

What Does the Public Know?

There is a lot to keep up with in the news right now. Many Americans know key facts about health care and the economy, but questions about Afghanistan and environmental legislation in Congress stump the public.

U.S. Politics Oct. 14, 2009

But What Do the Polls Show?

Perhaps the best way to think about public opinion and its relationship to politics and policymaking is that the American public is typically short on facts, but often long on judgment.

U.S. Politics Oct. 9, 2009

Most Still Oppose Gay Marriage, but Support for Civil Unions Continues to Rise

A 57% majority of Americans support civil unions, continuing a long-term trend of increasing support, but a majority still opposes same-sex marriage. The issue continues to sharply divide religious and political groups.

U.S. Politics Oct. 9, 2009

Obama’s Nobel Prize

News that President Obama has won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize is another sign of his international appeal, as his election effectively turned around America’s negative image in many countries.

U.S. Politics Oct. 8, 2009

Mixed Views of Economic Policies and Health Care Reform Persist

Most Americans remain optimistic that Barack Obama’s policies will help the economy, but see no clear signs of recovery yet; many key provisions of health care reform remain popular but support for the overall package has slipped.

U.S. Politics Oct. 8, 2009

Public Renews Rx for Health Care News

Health care has been the public’s top story for weeks, and few say it has received too much media coverage. But a large majority still finds the topic hard to understand.