Pew Research Center survey reports, demographic studies and data-driven analysis
Public Agrees on Obesity’s Impact, Not Government’s Role
A majority of Americans see obesity as a very serious public health problem affecting society more broadly, but the public has mixed opinions about what, if anything, the government should do about the issue.
Obama’s Second-Term Slide Continues
Obama’s second-term job ratings have followed a similar trajectory as those of his predecessor, George W. Bush. In contrast, the prior two-term presidents – Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan – enjoyed positive ratings in the year after their reelections.
Most Say Monitoring Allied Leaders’ Calls Is Unacceptable
In the wake of reports that the National Security Agency (NSA) has been listening to phone calls of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other heads of state, a 56% majority of Americans say it is unacceptable for the U.S. to monitor the phones of allied leaders.
Republicans Divided Over Climate Change
As many Republicans say there is solid evidence of global warming as say there is not (46% each). Among those who agree with the Tea Party, 70% say there is not solid evidence of warming, while 61% of non-Tea Party Republicans say global warming does exist.
Public Closely Tracks Shutdown Resolution
The public closely tracked the resolution to the government shutdown and increase in the debt limit, with nearly half (49%) saying they followed news very closely and 30% saying they followed news somewhat closely.
Public Sees Bumpy Launch of Health Insurance Exchanges
Public awareness of the new health insurance exchanges has increased significantly over the past month, but the public’s overall impression is the launch is not going well.
Trust in Government Nears Record Low
Public trust in the government, already quite low, has edged even lower in a survey conducted just before the Oct. 16 agreement to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling.
Tea Party’s Image Turns More Negative
The Tea Party is less popular than ever, with even many Republicans now viewing the movement negatively. Meanwhile, Senator Ted Cruz’s popularity has soared among Tea Party Republicans, while John Boehner’s image has suffered.
More Concern About the Debt Limit, But Skepticism Persists
Public concern over breaching the debt limit deadline has risen only slightly from a week ago. Among those who see no dire economic consequences from missing the Thursday deadline, most say there is no need to raise the debt limit at all.
Partisans Dug in on Budget Impasse
44% of Americans say that Republican leaders should agree to a budget deal without cuts or delays to the 2010 health care law, while 42% say it is Obama who should agree to cuts or delays in the law.