U.S. Politics Mar. 25, 2009

Americans Favor Carbon Cap, Gays in the Military and Renewing U.S.-Cuba Ties

New polling finds public favors setting limits on carbon emissions, allowing gays to serve openly in the military and re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba.

U.S. Politics Mar. 19, 2009

Most Support Health Care Overhaul — But it’s Not 1993

While the public still favors government-guaranteed health insurance for all citizens, there is currently less support for rebuilding the system than there was at the beginning of the Clinton administration. Opinion about stem-cell research remains stable after lifting of the ban.

U.S. Politics Mar. 16, 2009

Obama’s Approval Rating Slips Amid Division Over Economic Proposals

Most people think the new president is doing as much as he can to fix the economy, but the public expresses mixed views of his many major proposals to fix the economy. The public overwhelmingly supports Obama’s plan to remove most combat troops from Iraq by the end of August but a much narrower majority supports his planned troop buildup in Afghanistan.

U.S. Politics Feb. 18, 2009

Obama Faces Familiar Divisions Over Anti-Terror Policies

Obama receives positive ratings for his handling of terrorism but the public remains deeply divided over how best to defend the nation against the threat.

U.S. Politics Feb. 12, 2009

Jobs Worries Climb the Economic Ladder

For the public, the continuing financial crisis has been overtaken by a jobs crisis; the proportion citing jobs or unemployment as the nation’s most important economic problem has more than quadrupled to 42% since early October and concern about job loss has climbed steeply among affluent Americans.

U.S. Politics Feb. 9, 2009

Support for Stimulus Plan Slips, But Obama Rides High

Although support for the economic stimulus package has weakened over the last month, President Obama’s personal image is extremely strong with fully 92% of the public rating him a good communicator. And the belief that Obama represents a break from politics as usual is widespread, despite the highly partisan reaction to his economic stimulus proposal.

U.S. Politics Jan. 22, 2009

On Obama’s Desk: Economy, Jobs Trump All Other Policy Priorities

While it is not unusual for Americans to prioritize domestic over foreign policy, a new survey finds strengthening the economy and improving the job situation are higher priorities today than they have been at any point over the past decade, and the recent upward trend has been steep.

U.S. Politics Jan. 15, 2009

Strong Confidence in Obama — Country Seen as Less Politically Divided

Public confidence in Barack Obama to deal with the nation’s most pressing problems is high and many Americans not only see the president-elect as a problem-solver, but as a “uniter” as well.

U.S. Politics Jan. 13, 2009

Modest Backing for Israel in Gaza Crisis; No Desire for Greater U.S. Role

Americans have a mixed view of the war in Gaza, and see it in much the same way as they viewed Israel’s conflict with Hezbollah in 2006. As in the past, Americans express strong support for Israel, but there is limited approval of the current military action. However, Hamas is largely seen as primarily responsible for the outbreak of violence.

U.S. Politics Jan. 7, 2009

Gains Seen On Minority Discrimination — But Little Else

As Obama prepares to take office, majorities say the country is losing ground on many key issues, especially economic ones.