U.S. Politics Jan. 13, 2011

Obama Ratings Remain Rock Steady

As has been the case since last summer, the public is evenly divided over Obama’s job performance, while his personal image remains on balance positive. Opinion of the GOP congressional leadership, however, has become far more negative since the midterm elections.

U.S. Politics Jan. 13, 2011

Friend or Foe? How Americans See China

When Chinese President Hu Jintao visits Washington next week, he will be greeted by an American public that looks to Asia- — rather than to Europe — as the region of the world most important to U.S. interests.

U.S. Politics Jan. 13, 2011

Views of Gun Control — A Detailed Demographic Breakdown

Opinion about gun control has been split since April 2009, but this marked a substantial change in attitudes from previous years in which majorities of Americans consistently prioritized gun control over gun rights. See a breakdown of opinion about gun control across numerous demographic categories.

U.S. Politics Jan. 12, 2011

Fewer Hearing “Mostly Bad” Economic News

Americans hearing mostly bad news about the economy has dropped to its lowest point since the financial collapse. Republicans, in particular, are much less likely to say they are hearing mostly bad economic news than they were a month ago.

U.S. Politics Jan. 12, 2011

Strengthen Ties with China, But Get Tough on Trade

As President Obama prepares to host Chinese President Hu Jintao next week, Americans increasingly see Asia as the region of the world that is most important to the United States. While Americans see China as a rising global power, relatively few characterize the U.S.-China relationship as adversarial; China is seen primarily as an economic threat, rather than a military one.

U.S. Politics Jan. 11, 2011

Press Coverage and Public Interest

The public tended to maintain its interest in major breaking news stories considerably longer than the press did. And the press tended to maintain substantially more interest in Washington Beltway controversies than did its audience.

U.S. Politics Jan. 4, 2011

Six Telling Findings from the Iowa Caucuses

The Iowa caucuses produced six small but significant indicators of the dynamics that drove the race.

U.S. Politics Jan. 4, 2011

Internet Gains on Television as Public’s Main News Source

Television remains the most widely used source for news, but it is less popular among all age groups. More people continue to cite the internet than newspapers as their main source of news, and for the first time, online news has surpassed TV news among young adults.