U.S. Politics Feb. 21, 2013

If No Deal is Struck, Four-in-Ten Say Let the Sequester Happen

After a series of fiscal crises over the past few years, the public is not expressing a particular sense of urgency over the pending March 1 sequester deadline.

U.S. Politics Feb. 20, 2013

Hagel Better Known, Viewed More Negatively

Unfavorable opinions of Chuck Hagel have increased over the past month as he has faced a bruising confirmation battle to become President Obama’s secretary of defense.

U.S. Politics Feb. 14, 2013

Most Approve of Ending Saturday Mail Delivery

A majority of Americans (54%) approve of the U.S. Postal Service’s recent decision to halt Saturday delivery of letters, while 32% disapprove of the decision.

U.S. Politics Feb. 11, 2013

Little Change in Views of Importance of State of the Union

A plurality of the public (43%) views Barack Obama’s upcoming State of the Union as about as important as past years’ addresses.

U.S. Politics Feb. 6, 2013

Public Hearing Better News about Housing and Financial Markets

The good news about housing and financial markets is counterbalanced by persistently negative views of news about gas prices and prices for food and consumer goods.

U.S. Politics Feb. 5, 2013

What the Public Knows – In Pictures, Maps, Graphs and Symbols

The latest update of the Pew Research Center’s regular News IQ quiz uses a set of 13 pictures, maps, graphs and symbols to test knowledge of current affairs.

U.S. Politics Jan. 31, 2013

Majority Views Government as Threat to Personal Rights

For the first time, a majority of the public says that the federal government threatens their personal rights and freedoms.

U.S. Politics Jan. 29, 2013

Broad Support for Combat Roles for Women

Two-thirds of Americans support allowing women in the military to serve in combat roles and nearly half say the new policy will not alter military effectiveness.

U.S. Politics Jan. 24, 2013

Deficit Reduction Rises on Public’s Agenda

As Barack Obama begins his second term, only the economy and jobs are viewed as more important priorities than deficit reduction for the coming year.

U.S. Politics Jan. 22, 2013

Mixed Reactions to Obama’s Gun Proposals

The public is closely tracking the debate: 43% followed news about the proposals very closely and 29% followed fairly closely.