Pew Research Center survey reports, demographic studies and data-driven analysis
U.S. Seen as Among the Greatest Nations, But Not Superior to All Others
Despite the struggling economy and broad dissatisfaction with national conditions, the public has a positive view of the United States’ global standing. But more think that the U.S. is one of the greatest countries in the world than say it stands above all other countries.
Economy, Afghanistan Top News Interest, Coverage
Americans focused most closely last week on news about the nation’s struggling economy and President Obama’s plans to draw down U.S. troops in Afghanistan, two stories that also topped news coverage last week.
Four Years After Walter Reed, Government Still Faulted for Troop Support
As President Obama begins to draw down U.S. forces in Afghanistan, most Americans continue to say that government support for troops returning from war is falling short.
Views of Obama’s Approach for Afghanistan Troop Withdrawal Little Changed
Following Barack Obama’s June 22 speech about the Afghanistan war, there has been little change in public opinion about the president’s plans for drawing down the number of U.S. combat troops in that country. A plurality still thinks withdrawal plan is about the right pace.
Pessimism about National Economy Rises, Personal Financial Views Hold Steady
Opinions about the state of the economy remain grim, and President Obama has lost the bump in approval he received after the killing of Osama bin Laden. For all the negativity, however, there has been little change in people’s assessments of their personal financial situations.
Economy, Weiner Top Public’s News Interests
Mitt Romney is clearly the candidate the public says they are hearing the most news about, while mentions of Sarah Palin have plummeted over the past two weeks.
Record Number Favors Removing U.S. Troops from Afghanistan
For the first time, a majority (56%) says that U.S. troops should be brought home as soon as possible, while 39% favor keeping troops in Afghanistan until the situation has stabilized.
Ideological Chasm Over Interpreting Constitution
Half of Americans (50%) say the Court’s rulings should be based on its understanding of what the U.S. Constitution means in current times, while about as many (45%) say rulings should be based on its understanding of what the Constitution meant as originally written.
More Say GOP Would Be Mainly Responsible If No Increase In Debt Limit
Partisans express strong opinions about which side would be most responsible if no agreement is reached before the debt limit is hit.
In Shift from Bush Era, More Conservatives Say “Come Home, America”
The proportion of conservative Republicans supporting U.S. activism in world affairs has fallen substantially since 2004 — a shift that is part of a broader blurring of partisan differences in opinions about America’s role in the world. Still, Republicans remain more supportive than Democrats and independents of the war in Afghanistan.