U.S. Politics Mar. 22, 2010

Congress in a Wordle

Dysfunctional. Corrupt. Selfish. It’s not hard to guess what these words are describing. Examine a word cloud to see what the public thinks of Congress.

U.S. Politics Mar. 18, 2010

Public’s Economic Woes Persist

Americans don’t favor the current health care reform legislation, but most opponents prefer a new bill to no bill and more see their health care costs rising without reform than with it. Nearly everyone gives the national economy a negative rating; 70% of Americans say they have faced one or more job or financial-related problems in the past year

U.S. Politics Mar. 17, 2010

Legislative Lessons

Most have heard something about partisan tactics on the bill, but only a third know how many votes health care reform will need in the next Senate vote.

U.S. Politics Mar. 16, 2010

Census: Growing Awareness, Most Ready For Forms

Those with lower levels of income and education remain significantly less likely than others to say they will take part in the census. All partisans want to participate, but Democrats are more likely than independents or Republicans to say the census will benefit their community.

U.S. Politics Mar. 10, 2010

Deficit Concerns Rise, But Solutions Are Elusive

While an increasing number of Americans cite addressing the government’s red ink as a priority, there is not much support for spending cuts, regardless of party.

U.S. Politics Mar. 10, 2010

Post-Summit, More See Health Reform Passing

Belief that a bill will pass is on the rise, but still a minority opinion. Americans are still hearing mostly bad news about jobs.

U.S. Politics Mar. 3, 2010

Public Focuses on Health Care and Olympics

Following the White House health care summit about a third of Americans think reform will pass this year, up from 27% before the meeting.

U.S. Politics Mar. 2, 2010

Support for Alternative Energy and Offshore Drilling

Americans strongly favor increased funding for research on wind, solar and hydrogen technology and more spending on mass transit, but majorities also support offshore drilling and nuclear power. Half have heard nothing at all about “cap and trade.”

U.S. Politics Feb. 24, 2010

Sports Centered

The Winter Olympics proved to be the public’s top story, while Americans’ favorite water-cooler topic was Tiger Woods.

U.S. Politics Feb. 23, 2010

Favorability Ratings of Labor Unions Fall Sharply

Favorable views of labor unions have plummeted since 2007, amid growing public skepticism about unions’ purpose and power. Currently, 41% say they have a favorable opinion of labor unions while about as many (42%) express an unfavorable opinion.