U.S. Politics Aug. 3, 2010

The Invisible Court

While legal scholars analyze Kagan’s possible impact on the “Roberts court,” most Americans have no idea who “Roberts” is. And as experts debate if the court has become more conservative, the public sees the court moving in the opposite direction.

U.S. Politics Aug. 2, 2010

Earmarks Could Help Candidates in Midterms; Palin and Tea Party Connections Could Hurt

Across party lines, the public sees earmarking by their congressional candidates as more of an asset than a liability. Americans are divided on the value of Obama in November, while both Palin’s support and Tea Party affiliation are seen by more as negative than positive. On energy, public backs a wide range of goals and policies.

U.S. Politics Jul. 28, 2010

Sherrod Story: Heavy Coverage, Modest Interest

Despite heavy coverage of the Shirley Sherrod affair, the oil leak in the Gulf was by far the public’s most closely followed news story.

U.S. Politics Jul. 26, 2010

Obama’s Policies Seen as Better than Bush’s for Improving the Economy

As Congress gears up for debate over the tax cuts passed when Bush was president, the public is divided, with roughly equal numbers in favor of keeping all of Bush’s tax cuts, repealing only those for wealthy Americans, or scrapping them entirely.

U.S. Politics Jul. 21, 2010

Public Hears Better News from the Gulf

Most Americans are hearing some good news from the Gulf. On balance, more see Republicans gaining a majority in House after the fall elections.

U.S. Politics Jul. 19, 2010

Government Economic Policies Seen as Boon for Banks and Big Business, Not Middle Class or Poor

Partisan groups disagree sharply about many aspects of the government’s anti-recession policies — with two notable exceptions: Large majorities of independents, Republicans and Democrats all say large banks and financial institutions got the most help while few in each group say the policies have done much for the poor.

U.S. Politics Jul. 16, 2010

Voters Rate Political Parties’ Ideologies

In broad terms, voters view the Democratic Party’s ideology as the opposite of the Republican Party’s: 58% say the Democratic Party is either very liberal or liberal while 56% say the GOP is either very conservative or conservative.

U.S. Politics Jul. 15, 2010

Political Knowledge Update

Pew’s latest news knowledge poll finds that an overwhelming proportion of Americans can correctly identify Twitter, but relatively few know which president launched the government’s bailout of banks and financial institutions.

U.S. Politics Jul. 14, 2010

Interest in Oil Leak Dips Along with Coverage

Large majorities say news organizations gave too much coverage last week to Lindsay Lohan’s legal woes and LeBron James’ announcement.

U.S. Politics Jul. 12, 2010

Public’s Wish List for Congress — Jobs and Deficit Reduction

Fully 80% say it is very important for Congress to pass legislation to address the job situation; nearly half of public disapproves of challenge to Arizona’s immigration law and health care legislation.