U.S. Politics Mar. 2, 2011

Rising Oil Prices Big News for Public

With the media fixated on events in Libya, the public focused on a related concern that received little news coverage — rising oil prices.

U.S. Politics Feb. 28, 2011

Wisconsin Unions Favored Over Walker in Showdown

By a 42%-31% margin, the public sides with public employee unions in their dispute with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. At the federal level, President Obama and GOP leaders would share blame for a government shutdown.

U.S. Politics Feb. 24, 2011

Public Favors Tougher Border Controls and Path to Citizenship

Americans see no contradiction in supporting both stepped-up border security and a way for people already in the U.S. illegally to gain citizenship. Most oppose plans to change the Constitution to bar the children of illegal immigrants from becoming citizens. The public, however, also supports Arizona’s controversial immigration law.

U.S. Politics Feb. 24, 2011

Global Trouble Spots Top Public’s News Interests

The public expresses far more interest in news from global hot spots, including Iraq, Afghanistan and North Korea, than in news from many less troubled countries.

U.S. Politics Feb. 23, 2011

Public Focus Remains on Egypt

As the media turned to domestic debates about the economy, the public continued to follow Egypt more closely than any other news story. Most Americans are aware of the attack on Lara Logan, a CBS correspondent in Egypt.

U.S. Politics Feb. 22, 2011

In Showdown with Air Traffic Controllers, the Public Sided with Reagan

The bitter fight over union rights in Wisconsin calls to mind a labor battle that helped define the first year of Ronald Reagan’s presidency.

U.S. Politics Feb. 17, 2011

Labor Unions: Good for Workers, Not for U.S. Competitiveness

Favorability ratings for labor unions remain at nearly their lowest level in a quarter century with virtually no differences in opinions about private and public sector unions. Yet the public now expresses similar opinions about business corporations whose rating is also near a historic low.

U.S. Politics Feb. 16, 2011

Mubarak Leaves, Public Interest Surges

Fully 48% say they followed news about Egyptian protests and Mubarak’s resignation more closely than any other story, far surpassing the week’s other stories. The 2012 campaign has gotten off to a much slower start when compared with the previous presidential election campaign.

U.S. Politics Feb. 15, 2011

Public Remains Divided Over the Patriot Act

Views of the Patriot Act have changed little since the Bush administration, with slightly more Americans currently saying it is a necessary security tool rather than a threat to civil liberties. Democrats are now somewhat more supportive of the law.

U.S. Politics Feb. 11, 2011

Tea Party’s Hard Line on Spending Divides GOP

Across a wide range of issues — including entitlements, education, agriculture and energy — Tea Party Republicans take a much harder line on cutting federal spending than do non-Tea Party Republicans, who are far more in sync with Democrats.