Campaign 2016: Modest Interest, High Stakes
The 2016 presidential campaign is starting out with lower voter interest than at the same point in 2008. But there are already stark differences in how possible Democratic and Republican fields are shaping up.
Views of U.S.-Iran Nuclear Negotiations
More Americans approve (49%) than disapprove (40%) of the U.S. negotiating directly with Iran over its nuclear program. But most are skeptical of whether Iranian leaders are serious about the issue.
Federal Tax System Seen in Need of Overhaul
Americans’ top complaint about the tax system is not the amount they pay in taxes, but the feeling that some corporations and wealthy people do not pay their fair share.
More Interest Among GOP in Clinton Emails, Netanyahu
While no one story dominated Americans’ news interest last week, news of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email account and Netanyahu’s speech to Congress drew more interest from Republicans than Democrats.
Views of Government Policies Since Start of Great Recession
Majorities say that post-recession policies have helped large banks, large corporations and the wealthy, but not small businesses, the middle class or the poor.
More View Netanyahu Favorably Than Unfavorably
Four-in-ten (38%) have a favorable view of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, compared with 27% who hold an unfavorable view. But 35% express no opinion, including many (23%) who have never heard of him.
Dems Have More Positive Image, But GOP Runs Even or Ahead on Key Issues
While majorities say the Democratic Party is open and tolerant, the Republican Party runs even with them on the economy and immigration and holds double-digit leads over the Democrats on terrorism, foreign policy and taxes.
Growing Support for Campaign Against ISIS
About twice as many Americans approve (63%) as disapprove (30%) of the U.S. military campaign against ISIS. While the idea of sending ground troops is more divisive, it draws higher support than it did four months ago.
Increased Public Support for the U.S. Arming Ukraine
As fighting continues in eastern Ukraine between government forces and Russian-backed rebels, the public has become more supportive of sending arms to the Ukrainian government and increasing sanctions on Russia.
Views of Job News Turn More Positive Over Past Year
For the first time since the end of the recession in 2009, a greater share of the public is hearing mostly good news (28%) than bad news (22%) about the job situation.