U.S. Politics Dec. 18, 2014

Despite Energy Boom, Little Change in Views of Energy Policies

Americans are becoming more aware of the domestic energy boom and the recent drop in gas prices. Yet, views of energy policies have changed only modestly since 2011.

U.S. Politics Dec. 16, 2014

Perceptions of Job News Trend Upward

For the first time since at least 2009, as many say they’re hearing good news as bad news about the nation’s job situation. While most hear a mix of good and bad economic news, 70% hear good news about gas prices.

U.S. Politics Dec. 15, 2014

Half See CIA Interrogation Methods as Justified

Following the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on post-9/11 CIA interrogation practices, 51% of Americans say these CIA methods were justified, compared with 29% who say they were not.

U.S. Politics Dec. 11, 2014

Immigration Action Gets Mixed Response

Americans are divided over President Obama’s recent executive action that allows more unauthorized immigrants to stay and work in the U.S. At the same time, the public continues to support a pathway to legal status for those here illegally.

U.S. Politics Dec. 11, 2014

Few See Quick Cure for Nation’s Political Divisions

The public is deeply pessimistic about the prospects for healing the nation’s political divisions. And most Americans think continued partisan gridlock would wreak significant damage on the country.

U.S. Politics Dec. 10, 2014

Growing Public Support for Gun Rights

Support for gun rights has edged up from earlier this year, and marks a shift in attitudes since shortly after the Newtown school shootings. For the first time in our surveys, there is more support for gun rights than gun control.

U.S. Politics Dec. 8, 2014

Sharp Racial Divisions in Reactions to Brown, Garner Decisions

More Americans support the grand jury decision in the Eric Garner case than in the death of Michael Brown. There are wide racial differences in reactions to both.

U.S. Politics Nov. 12, 2014

Mixed Reactions to GOP Midterm Sweep

The public has mixed reactions to the GOP’s big midterm win: 48% say they are happy about the election outcome and as many approve as disapprove of Republican plans for the future. In addition, the public is divided over whether Obama or GOP leaders should take the lead solving problems.

U.S. Politics Oct. 31, 2014

The Party of Nonvoters

Americans who won’t be voting on Election Day are very different from likely voters: They’re younger, more racially diverse and more financially strapped.

U.S. Politics Oct. 28, 2014

Fewer Voters Report Getting Robo-Calls, Campaign Ads Still Pervasive

Voters are reporting roughly similar levels of contact from political campaigns and groups as four years ago, but the share of voters who say they have received a phone call about the election has fallen 12 points since mid-October 2010, from 59% to 47%.