U.S. Politics Feb. 23, 2012

Auto Bailout Now Backed, Stimulus Divisive

Public support for government loans to major U.S. automakers are viewed more positively today than in the fall of 2009, but there has been less change in opinions about other major economic policies such as the federal loans to banks and financial institutions during the 2008 financial crisis and President Obama’s economic stimulus plan.

U.S. Politics Feb. 16, 2012

Public More Optimistic about Economy, But Concerns Persist

Optimism about the national economy has rebounded in the first two months of this year after sagging in 2011. The latest national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press also finds an uptick in Barack Obama’s job rating.

U.S. Politics Feb. 15, 2012

Public Takes Tough Line on Iran’s Nuclear Program

Nearly six-in-ten Americans say it is important to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons, even if it means taking military action. Just 30% say it is more important to avoid a military conflict with Iran.

U.S. Politics Feb. 14, 2012

Public Divided Over Birth Control Insurance Mandate

Americans are closely divided over whether religiously-affiliated institutions should be given an exemption if they object to a proposed federal rule requiring employers to cover birth control as part of their health care benefits.

U.S. Politics Feb. 13, 2012

Santorum Catches Romney in GOP Race

Rick Santorum’s has pulled into a virtual tie with Mitt Romney in the race for the Republican presidential nomination in polling conducted Feb. 8-12. Barack Obama holds sizable leads over Santorum, Romney and Newt Gingrich in general election matchups.

U.S. Politics Feb. 7, 2012

Growing Public Support for Same-Sex Marriage

As courts and legislatures address the question of whether same-sex couples should be allowed to legally marry, public support for gay marriage continues to grow.

U.S. Politics Feb. 7, 2012

Cable Leads the Pack as Campaign News Source

Cable news is now the top regular source for campaign news. The long-term decline in the number of Americans getting campaign news from local and network TV news, and local newspapers, steepened this year. Social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter are used for campaign news by a relatively limited audience.

U.S. Politics Feb. 2, 2012

Low-Income Republicans Say Government Does Too Little for Poor People

Mitt Romney’s emphatic statement that he is focused solely on the problems of middle class Americans, not the poor, may not sit well with most of the lower income voters within his own party.

U.S. Politics Jan. 31, 2012

Primary Fight and Obama Speech Top News Interest

In the days before Tuesday’s hard-fought Florida primary and just after the president’s State of the Union address, political stories topped the public’s news interest.

U.S. Politics Jan. 30, 2012

GOP Voters Continue to Give Field Subpar Ratings

Republicans remain unimpressed with their party’s presidential field. More than half (52%) rate the candidates as only fair or poor. More voters also say Barack Obama understands the problems of average Americans than say so about Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich.