U.S. Politics Sep. 4, 2009

Obama’s Approval Ratings Slide: By the Numbers

In April, 62% of the public approved of Barack Obama’s performance as president, but in August, just four months later, 52% approved. Obama’s approval rating has declined across nearly all major demographic and political groups.

U.S. Politics Sep. 3, 2009

Public Worried, Informed About H1N1

Most Americans are confident in the government’s ability to deal with the swine flue, less trust the media to accurately report on it.

U.S. Politics Sep. 2, 2009

Congressional Favorability Falls to 24-Year Low; Dems Lose Midterm Advantage

Americans’ opinion of Congress is at a 24-year low, and as a result the party in power has lost its electoral edge. Voters split between the Democrats and GOP in a 2010 matchup, but Democrats are still favored on most issues.

U.S. Politics Aug. 26, 2009

International Stories Don’t Register

While health care is the public’s top story, as many heard about Brett Farve as protesters bringing guns to town halls. Most heard news about the availability of swine flu vaccines.

U.S. Politics Aug. 20, 2009

Death Panels Live On With Fox Viewers

Regular viewers of Fox News Channel are far more likely than viewers of other cable news channels and nightly network news to say claims of death panels are true.

U.S. Politics Aug. 19, 2009

Would Americans Welcome Medicare if it Were Being Proposed in 2009?

Much of the opposition to health care reform today is being fueled by anti-government sentiment that did not exist during the mid-1960’s.

U.S. Politics Aug. 19, 2009

Public Souring on Washington

More say the president and GOP leaders are not working together, as Obama’s approval inches lower and the Democratic Party’s favorability falls sharply. Opinion about the economy remains negative with personal financial assessments becoming more bearish.

U.S. Politics Aug. 12, 2009

Americans Hear Improvement in Tone of Economic News

Americans are hearing better news coverage about financial markets, real estate and prices. Also, as the health care debate tops interest, town hall protests register widely, with a majority calling the behavior appropriate.

U.S. Politics Aug. 11, 2009

Opinion of State Governments Drops With the Economy, Budget Gaps

The falloff in favorable views has been greater in states with the largest budget gaps. Also, the new administration has shifted partisan views of the federal government dramatically.

U.S. Politics Aug. 7, 2009

Public Supports Targeting Al Qaeda Leaders, Wants Congress in the Loop

Americans generally support allowing the Central Intelligence Agency to assassinate al Qaeda leaders, but opinions are more mixed about whether the CIA should have such a program without first informing Congress.