U.S. Politics Oct. 6, 2009

Public Supports Military Action Against Iran to Prevent Nuclear Weapons

About six-in-ten Americans feel it is more important to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons with military force than to avoid conflict. However, most also approve of direct negotiations and tougher economic sanctions. The efficacy of diplomacy is questioned, though.

U.S. Politics Oct. 2, 2009

Strong Support For Watchdog Role, Despite Public Criticism Of News Media

The percentage of Americans saying that press criticism of political leaders keeps them honest is nearly as high now as it was in the 1980s, when views of the media were far less negative than they are today.

U.S. Politics Sep. 30, 2009

Media Have Less Influence on Views about Health Care, Economy

News outlets play much less of a role in shaping views of health reform and the economy — where personal experiences are an important factor — than they do on environmental issues and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

U.S. Politics Sep. 23, 2009

Little Evidence of Obama Overexposure

The number of Americans hearing “too much” about the president has not increased during his push for health care.

U.S. Politics Sep. 22, 2009

Public Support for Afghanistan War Wanes

While an overwhelming number of Americans say the Taliban regaining control of Afghanistan would represent a major threat to the U.S., just half support keeping troops in that country. Pluralities of Democrats, women and those with a high school education or less favor bringing troops home as soon as possible.

U.S. Politics Sep. 17, 2009

Obama’s Image: Less Glittering But Still Positive

While ratings of Obama’s personal traits have fallen since post-inauguration highs, impressions of the president remain overwhelmingly positive. Post speech, the public is narrowly split over health care proposals.

U.S. Politics Sep. 16, 2009

Health Care Debate Seen as “Rude and Disrespectful”

Health care reform has been the dominant news story since late July, but it now has a 29-point advantage over the second most closely followed story. But most Americans say the tone of the debate has been negative.

U.S. Politics Sep. 14, 2009

Press Accuracy Rating Hits Two-Decade Low

Just 29% of Americans now say that news organizations generally get the facts straight, while 63% say that news stories are often inaccurate.

U.S. Politics Sep. 9, 2009

Muslims Widely Seen As Facing Discrimination

Nearly six-in-ten say Muslims are subject to a lot of discrimination, far more than say the same about Jews, evangelical Christians, atheists or Mormons. A new survey also finds the public is more likely to see differences rather than similarities between their own religion and every other religion tested, with the sole exception of Protestantism.

U.S. Politics Sep. 8, 2009

Most Plan to Watch Obama Speech

Interest in health care reform remains extremely high, but two-thirds continue to say the issue is hard to understand.