U.S. Politics Dec. 18, 2013

No Improvement in Public’s Views of Economic News

As the Federal Reserve meets to discuss whether to keep up its $85-billion-a-month bond-buying program, the public’s perceptions of recent economic news have shown little change.

U.S. Politics Dec. 13, 2013

Republicans More Optimistic than Democrats about Midterms

Less than a year out from the 2014 midterm elections, Republicans are more optimistic than Democrats about their party’s electoral prospects. But the “expectations gap” is far more modest now than it was prior to the 2010 election, when Republicans were brimming with confidence, or 2006, when most Democrats anticipated a midterm victory.

U.S. Politics Dec. 10, 2013

Obama’s Job Rating Edges Up as Difficult Year Nears End

Barack Obama’s steadily declining job rating has modestly improved. And while the 2010 health care law remains unpopular, the public has more confidence in Obama on health care policy than in Republican leaders in Congress.

U.S. Politics Dec. 9, 2013

Limited Support for Iran Nuclear Deal

More Americans disapprove than approve of last month’s nuclear agreement with Iran, and and there continues to be widespread skepticism about whether Iranian leaders are serious about addressing international concerns over the country’s nuclear program.

U.S. Politics Dec. 3, 2013

Views of U.S. Global Power Fall to New Low

Growing numbers of Americans believe that U.S. global power and prestige are in decline. And support for U.S. global engagement has fallen. Yet, despite these reservations, most Americans say greater U.S. involvement in the global economy is a good thing.

U.S. Politics Nov. 19, 2013

Philippines Disaster Draws Limited Interest, Donations

Fewer Americans are very closely following news about the typhoon that struck the Philippines than followed news about other recent major disasters. And fewer are donating to Philippines disaster relief efforts.

U.S. Politics Nov. 12, 2013

Public Agrees on Obesity’s Impact, Not Government’s Role

A majority of Americans see obesity as a very serious public health problem affecting society more broadly, but the public has mixed opinions about what, if anything, the government should do about the issue.

U.S. Politics Nov. 8, 2013

Obama’s Second-Term Slide Continues

Obama’s second-term job ratings have followed a similar trajectory as those of his predecessor, George W. Bush. In contrast, the prior two-term presidents – Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan – enjoyed positive ratings in the year after their reelections.

U.S. Politics Nov. 4, 2013

Most Say Monitoring Allied Leaders’ Calls Is Unacceptable

In the wake of reports that the National Security Agency (NSA) has been listening to phone calls of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other heads of state, a 56% majority of Americans say it is unacceptable for the U.S. to monitor the phones of allied leaders.

U.S. Politics Nov. 1, 2013

Republicans Divided Over Climate Change

As many Republicans say there is solid evidence of global warming as say there is not (46% each). Among those who agree with the Tea Party, 70% say there is not solid evidence of warming, while 61% of non-Tea Party Republicans say global warming does exist.