U.S. Politics Sep. 3, 2013

Public Largely Opposes Syrian Airstrikes

By a 48% to 29% margin, more Americans oppose than support conducting military airstrikes against Syria. There is also broad concern over the possible consequences of military action in Syria and little optimism it will be effective.

U.S. Politics Sep. 3, 2013

A Popular Obama Heads to G20

By Andrew Kohut As President Obama heads to the G20 summit in St. Petersburg this week he remains the most popular world leader. Ordinary citizens in most countries, with some notable exceptions, say they have confidence in him to do the right thing in world affairs and many generally approve of his policies. But over […]

U.S. Politics Aug. 19, 2013

Public Says Cut Off Military Aid to Egypt

Nearly twice as many Americans say it is better for the United States to cut off military aid to Egypt to put pressure on the government than say it is better to continue the aid to maintain influence in Egypt.

U.S. Politics Aug. 8, 2013

Amid Criticism, Support for Media’s ‘Watchdog’ Role

The public has a low opinion of the accuracy, fairness and independence of news organizations, but broad majorities agree the press acts as a watchdog by keeping political leaders in check.

U.S. Politics Jul. 31, 2013

Republicans Want Change, But Split Over Party’s Direction

Most Republican voters believe that their party must address major problems to be more competitive in the future. Yet there are deep internal divisions over whether the party should move in a more conservative or moderate direction.

U.S. Politics Jul. 29, 2013

Widening Regional Divide on Abortion

While just over half of Americans say abortion should be legal in all or most cases, there remain regional differences. Opposition to legal abortion remains highest in the South and lowest in the New England.

U.S. Politics Jul. 26, 2013

Government Surveillance: A Question Wording Experiment

To better understand how the manner in which the government’s surveillance program is described affects public evaluations, the Pew Research Center conducted a question wording experiment.

U.S. Politics Jul. 26, 2013

Few See Adequate Limits on NSA Program

Most Americans say the government collects what is actually being said in phone calls and emails – and not just ‘metadata.’ Nevertheless, 50% approve of the surveillance program, while 44% disapprove.

U.S. Politics Jul. 24, 2013

Supreme Court’s Favorability Edges Below 50%

The Supreme Court’s favorability rating has edged below 50% for the first time in nearly three decades of Pew Research Center polling. Currently, 48% have a favorable opinion of the court while 38% have an unfavorable opinion.

U.S. Politics Jul. 23, 2013

Many Say Economic Recovery Long Way Off

Four years after the recession officially ended, the economic recovery remains a long way off in the view of many Americans. And opinions of economic conditions have slipped back to levels from earlier this year.