U.S. Politics Aug. 26, 2014

Republicans Open Up Wider ‘Expectations Gap’ Ahead of Midterms

With just over two months before the midterm elections, Republican voters are widening the “expectations gap” with the Democrats.

U.S. Politics Aug. 25, 2014

Police Forces Nationally Get Low Marks From Public

Most Americans give relatively low marks to police departments around the country for holding officers accountable for misconduct, using the appropriate amount of force, and treating racial and ethnic groups equally.

U.S. Politics Aug. 18, 2014

Approval of Airstrikes in Iraq, But Worry about U.S. Involvement

The American public backs airstrikes against Islamic militants in Iraq and more now say the U.S. has a responsibility to act, but there is widespread concern about the U.S. becoming too involved in the situation.

U.S. Politics Aug. 18, 2014

Stark Racial Divisions in Reactions to Ferguson Police Shooting

Blacks are about twice as likely as whites to say that the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., raises important issues about race and that police have gone too far in responding to the shooting’s aftermath.

U.S. Politics Aug. 5, 2014

Modest Improvement in Views of Economic News

Amid recent reports on the U.S. unemployment rate and gross domestic product, public views of economic news have improved modestly since February.

U.S. Politics Jul. 31, 2014

Shifting Views of Supreme Court’s Ideology among Liberals, Conservatives

Overall views of the U.S. Supreme Court – and its ideology – have changed only modestly since last measured in April before the court’s end-of-term decisions, including the Hobby Lobby ruling that limits the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive requirement.

U.S. Politics Jul. 28, 2014

Far More Continue to View Russia as a ‘Serious Problem’ Than as an ‘Adversary’

Most Americans still are not inclined to view Russia as an adversary, though the share saying Russia represents a serious problem has continued to increase, according to a new survey from the Pew Research Center.

U.S. Politics Jul. 28, 2014

Public Blames Hamas More than Israel for Current Violence

Republicans are especially likely to say Hamas is most responsible for the current violence, while Democrats are divided. Overall, just a quarter believe that Israel has gone too far in responding to the conflict.

U.S. Politics Jul. 24, 2014

GOP Has Midterm Voter Engagement Advantage

Republicans hold a clear advantage in voter engagement in this fall’s midterm elections, but it is more modest than it was in 2010. And anti-incumbent sentiment remains high.

U.S. Politics Jul. 18, 2014

Most Think the U.S. Has No Responsibility To Act in Iraq

As violence and chaos spreads in Iraq, the public is wary of U.S. involvement in the country.