U.S. Politics Dec. 10, 2014

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.

U.S. Politics Dec. 8, 2014

Sharp Racial Divisions in Reactions to Brown, Garner Decisions

More Americans support the grand jury decision in the Eric Garner case than in the death of Michael Brown. There are wide racial differences in reactions to both.

U.S. Politics Nov. 12, 2014

Mixed Reactions to GOP Midterm Sweep

The public has mixed reactions to the GOP’s big midterm win: 48% say they are happy about the election outcome and as many approve as disapprove of Republican plans for the future. In addition, the public is divided over whether Obama or GOP leaders should take the lead solving problems.

U.S. Politics Oct. 31, 2014

The Party of Nonvoters

Americans who won’t be voting on Election Day are very different from likely voters: They’re younger, more racially diverse and more financially strapped.

U.S. Politics Oct. 28, 2014

Fewer Voters Report Getting Robo-Calls, Campaign Ads Still Pervasive

Voters are reporting roughly similar levels of contact from political campaigns and groups as four years ago, but the share of voters who say they have received a phone call about the election has fallen 12 points since mid-October 2010, from 59% to 47%.

U.S. Politics Oct. 23, 2014

GOP Leads on Key Issues; Dems Have More Positive Image

The GOP has the advantage over Democrats on the economy, terrorism and the budget deficit. But Democrats are widely seen as more empathetic and willing to work with those across the aisle.

U.S. Politics Oct. 22, 2014

Support for U.S. Campaign against ISIS

The public continues to support the U.S. military campaign against Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria. But most Americans say the U.S. military effort against ISIS is not going well.

U.S. Politics Oct. 21, 2014

Ebola Worries Rise, But Most Are ‘Fairly’ Confident in Government, Hospitals to Deal With Disease

Most people (58%) express little or no concern about becoming exposed to Ebola, though that is down from 67% in early October.

U.S. Politics Oct. 17, 2014

Likely Voters More Ideologically Polarized than Public Overall

While consistent conservatives and liberals are much more likely to vote than those with mixed views, the advantage at the moment goes to the right: Consistent conservatives are 15 percentage points more likely to vote this fall than consistent liberals.

U.S. Politics Oct. 6, 2014

Partisan Differences Over Depth of Recent Secret Service Problems

Following a White House security breach and reports of other Secret Service problems, roughly equal shares of the public think the recent issues are mainly isolated incidents as think they are signs of broader problems with the agency.