U.S. Politics Apr. 18, 2010

Distrust, Discontent, Anger and Partisan Rancor

By almost every conceivable measure Americans are less positive and more critical of government these days.

U.S. Politics Apr. 15, 2010

The Tea Party’s Effect on the Midterms?

If you are a Republican, what’s not to like about the Tea Party movement? From this vantage point, a number of risks seem possible, if not probable.

U.S. Politics Apr. 14, 2010

Public Tracking Health Care, Deadly Mine Accident

Americans continued to track news about the new health care law more closely than any other major story last week, though the media devoted the most attention to the deadly explosion in a West Virginia coal mine.

U.S. Politics Apr. 7, 2010

Public Remains Focused on Health Care Reform

Close to half the public (48%) followed news about the new health care law most closely last week, dwarfing the 8% following the other top policy story, the economy, that closely

U.S. Politics Apr. 7, 2010

Broad Criticism of Pope Benedict’s Handling of Sex Abuse Scandal

Amid new revelations of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI’s job ratings for handling the scandal have plummeted.

U.S. Politics Apr. 1, 2010

Broad Public Support For Legalizing Medical Marijuana

Nearly three-quarters of Americans say they favor their state allowing the sale and use of marijuana for medical purposes. Support spans all major political and demographic groups. There is less support for general legalization, but the proportion supporting legalizing marijuana use has continued to rise over the past two decades.

U.S. Politics Mar. 31, 2010

It Passed. So What’s in It?

Democrats and the affluent are more confident they understand the impact of the new law. Most Americans are turning to the media for details.

U.S. Politics Mar. 24, 2010

Young People Make Up Large Proportion of Census Hold-Outs

Younger Americans are found to be more likely to say they might not participate, even when analysis controls for other demographic characteristics.

U.S. Politics Mar. 23, 2010

Gun Control Splits America

The public is divided over whether state and local governments should be able to pass laws banning the sale and possession of handguns as well as whether it is more important to protect gun owners’ rights or control gun ownership.

U.S. Politics Mar. 23, 2010

Public Critical of Media’s Health Care Coverage

On the day of the House vote, 62% said they thought the legislation would pass, up from just 43% last weekend. Many are critical of press handling of health care (details of the plan and the political debate).