U.S. Politics Dec. 14, 2012

Public Attitudes toward Gun Control

Public opinion on previous mass shootings has been divided and unchanged.

U.S. Politics Dec. 14, 2012

Public Says U.S. Does Not Have Responsibility to Act in Syria

As fighting in Syria rages on, the public continues to say that the U.S. does not have a responsibility to do something about it. A new survey also finds little change in the public’s sympathies in the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

U.S. Politics Dec. 13, 2012

As Fiscal Cliff Nears, Democrats Have Public Opinion on Their Side

The Democrats are in a strong position with the public as they engage in negotiations to find a solution to the fiscal cliff crisis.

U.S. Politics Dec. 4, 2012

Pessimism About Fiscal Cliff Deal, Republicans Still Get More Blame

With Washington making little apparent progress in efforts to avoid going over the “fiscal cliff,” most Americans are skeptical that the White House and Republicans will reach a deal. A majority would blame Republicans if talks fail.

U.S. Politics Nov. 26, 2012

Young Voters Supported Obama Less, But May Have Mattered More

Barack Obama won 60% of the vote among those younger than 30, down from 66% in 2008, but his youth support may have been an even more important factor in his victory this year.

U.S. Politics Nov. 19, 2012

More Following ’Fiscal Cliff’ Debate Than Petraeus Investigation

Nearly identical percentages of Republicans (36%) and Democrats (35%) say they very closely followed the debate over the automatic spending cuts and tax increases that will take effect at the beginning of next year unless the president and Congress act.

U.S. Politics Nov. 15, 2012

Voters Give Low Marks to the 2012 Campaign

Many voters say the 2012 presidential election campaign was more negative than usual and had less discussion of issues than in most previous campaigns. They give mixed grades to the candidates, the consultants, the press and the pollsters.

U.S. Politics Nov. 13, 2012

Misreading the 2012 Election

Postelection talk of “lessons learned” is often exaggerated and misleading, and so it is in 2012, writes Pew Research President Andrew Kohut.

U.S. Politics Nov. 13, 2012

Broad Concern about ’Fiscal Cliff’ Consequences

The public is skeptical that President Obama and congressional Republicans will reach an agreement by the end of the year to avoid the fiscal cliff. About half say the two sides will not reach an agreement, while just 38% say they will.

U.S. Politics Nov. 9, 2012

Behind Gay Marriage Momentum, Regional Gaps Persist

While support for gay marriage is on the rise nationwide, there are wide regional differences in the level of support, which is strongest in New England and weakest in the South.