Americans’ Top Priorities for 2015
For the first time in five years, as many Americans cite defending the U.S. against terrorism (76%) as a top policy priority as say that about strengthening the nation’s economy (75%).
Obama’s Job Rating Ticks Higher
President Obama enters the seventh year of his presidency with a 47% approval rating, up five points since December. Meanwhile, the public’s views of the U.S. economy have steadily improved.
Americans’ Terrorism Worries Hold Steady After Paris Attacks
There has been little change in the public’s worries about an imminent terrorist attack in the United States, even in the aftermath of the deadly shootings in Paris.
The Politics of Financial Insecurity
While the least financially secure Americans are more likely to back Democrats, that support is undercut by low political participation. Those who are financially insecure are far more likely to opt out of the political system altogether.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.