U.S. Politics Jan. 8, 2013

As Hagel Fight Begins, Wide Partisan Differences in Support for Israel

For decades, the public has sympathized more with Israel than the Palestinians in the Middle East conflict. However, the partisan gap in sympathies, while little changed in recent years, is as large as it has been in more than three decades of polling.

U.S. Politics Jan. 7, 2013

Obama Viewed as Fiscal Cliff Victor; Legislation Gets Lukewarm Reception

Barack Obama is viewed as the clear political winner in the fiscal cliff negotiations. But about as many Americans disapprove as approve of the new tax legislation.

U.S. Politics Dec. 21, 2012

Hillary Clinton’s Career of Comebacks

With the choice of John Kerry to succeed her, Hillary Clinton prepares to step down as Secretary of State after a political career in which she has been the comeback kid.

U.S. Politics Dec. 20, 2012

Election, Tragedies Dominate 2012 News

The public’s news interests were very much focused on domestic developments this year, with the election outcome, last week’s horrific school shooting and Hurricane Sandy leading the list of the top stories of 2012.

U.S. Politics Dec. 20, 2012

Modest Change in Opinion about Gun Control

While support for controlling gun ownership has increased in the wake of the Newtown shootings, the change since July has been modest.

U.S. Politics Dec. 18, 2012

Public Skeptical about a ’Fiscal Cliff’ Deal

With less than two weeks to go before the nation goes over the fiscal cliff, the public remains pessimistic about the possibility that the president and Congress will reach an agreement by the Jan. 1 deadline.

U.S. Politics Dec. 17, 2012

Public Divided Over Newtown Shootings

Americans are evenly divided over whether the Newtown shootings reflect broader problems in society or are just isolated acts of troubled individuals.

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.