U.S. Politics Jun. 15, 2011

Public Focused on Economy, Media on Weiner Scandal

Solid majorities say news organizations have given too much coverage to the Weiner photo scandal (63%) and to Sarah Palin’s bus tour of historic sites (58%).

U.S. Politics Jun. 14, 2011

Most Say Political Sex Scandals Due to Greater Scrutiny, Not Lower Morality

A 57%-majority says elected officials just get caught more often because they are under greater scrutiny. About two-in-ten (19%), on the other hand, say elected officials have lower moral standards than ordinary Americans.

U.S. Politics Jun. 10, 2011

Views of Middle East Unchanged by Recent Events

The American public continues to express reservations about the U.S. taking an active role in the world, and casts a wary eye on the turmoil sweeping the Middle East. Far more continue to say they sympathize with Israel rather than the Palestinians, and a plurality says President Obama is striking the right balance with the situation.

U.S. Politics Jun. 8, 2011

Number Hearing “Mostly Bad” Economic News Highest Since March 2009

Not since March 2009 have so many Americans been hearing mostly bad news about the nation’s economy. Romney and Palin have become the most visible GOP presidential candidates.

U.S. Politics Jun. 7, 2011

More Blame Wars than Domestic Spending or Tax Cuts for Nation’s Debt

Public concern about the budget deficit has increased since the end of last year. Proposals to reduce it by raising taxes on the rich and corporations are popular.

U.S. Politics Jun. 6, 2011

Opposition to Ryan Medicare Plan from Older, Attentive Americans

There is broad, and strong, opposition to the proposal among older Americans and those who are paying a lot of attention to the issue.

U.S. Politics Jun. 2, 2011

Republican Candidates Stir Little Enthusiasm

The emerging GOP field draws tepid ratings, and among the well-known candidates only Romney has broad potential appeal (most say there is no chance they would vote for Palin). In a hypothetical matchup, Obama continues to hold a sizable lead against a generic Republican opponent.

U.S. Politics Jun. 1, 2011

Top Reaction to GOP Field — “Unimpressed”

Overall, 44% offer negative words to describe the Republican candidates, 19% use neutral words and just 12% use positive words.

U.S. Politics Jun. 1, 2011

Public Closely Follows Midwest Storms

The devastating tornadoes that struck Missouri last week dominated the public’s news interest. Also, three-quarters say they heard at least a little about the end of Oprah’s talk show.

U.S. Politics May. 26, 2011

‘Staunch Conservatives’ Are Wary of Wall Street

Nearly three years after the financial crisis that sent the nation’s economy into a tailspin, the public expresses mixed views of Wall Street.