Why Own a Gun? Protection Is Now Top Reason
Far more gun owners today than in 1999 cite protection – rather than hunting or other activities – as the main reason they own guns. Among the majority of Americans who do not have guns, safety is a major concern.
Public’s Views of Economic News Remain Mixed
As federal spending cuts take effect and the stock market has reached record highs, the public continues to say they are hearing a mix of good and bad news about the economy.
Public Views GOP as Principled, But Out of Touch
While somewhat more say the Republican Party than the Democratic Party has strong principles, the GOP is viewed as too extreme and out of touch.
Most See Major Impact From Spending Cuts
The public is fatigued after a series of fiscal crises. Only a quarter are following the issue very closely.
Little Public Support for Cutting Most Programs
As the March 1 deadline for a possible budget sequester approaches, a new national survey finds limited public support for reducing spending for a range of specific programs, including defense, entitlements, education and health care.
If No Deal is Struck, Four-in-Ten Say Let the Sequester Happen
After a series of fiscal crises over the past few years, the public is not expressing a particular sense of urgency over the pending March 1 sequester deadline.
Hagel Better Known, Viewed More Negatively
Unfavorable opinions of Chuck Hagel have increased over the past month as he has faced a bruising confirmation battle to become President Obama’s secretary of defense.
Most Approve of Ending Saturday Mail Delivery
A majority of Americans (54%) approve of the U.S. Postal Service’s recent decision to halt Saturday delivery of letters, while 32% disapprove of the decision.
Little Change in Views of Importance of State of the Union
A plurality of the public (43%) views Barack Obama’s upcoming State of the Union as about as important as past years’ addresses.
Public Hearing Better News about Housing and Financial Markets
The good news about housing and financial markets is counterbalanced by persistently negative views of news about gas prices and prices for food and consumer goods.