U.S. Politics Dec. 21, 2009

Public Looks Back at Worst Decade in 50 Years

As the current decade draws to a close, relatively few Americans have positive things to say about it. But major technological and communications advances are viewed in an overwhelmingly positive light.

U.S. Politics Dec. 16, 2009

At Year’s End, Nation Remains Divided

As has been the case since October, roughly half the country approves of President Obama’s job. The nation is also divided on Afghanistan and health care. One rare point of agreement, though, is that the economy remains poor.

U.S. Politics Dec. 3, 2009

U.S. Seen as Less Important, China as More Powerful

A new survey of both the public and members of the Council on Foreign Relations finds an increasingly isolationist sentiment among Americans. The public also differs with CFR members on increasing troop levels in Afghanistan, the threat posed by China and the use of torture.

U.S. Politics Dec. 1, 2009

GOP Seen as Friendlier to Religion than Democrats

The Democrats’ image with respect to religion fell sharply among groups inclined to dislike their party’s politics. Obama, though, is seen as friendlier to religion than is his party. Both fare better than do Hollywood, the media and scientists.

U.S. Politics Nov. 19, 2009

Abortion Plays Small Role in Health Reform Opposition

While most Americans oppose government funding of abortion, concern about abortion funding plays only a small role in driving opposition to the health care reform legislation. If anything, opposition to reform has declined, with currently 42% in favor and 39% opposed to the health care proposals in Congress.

U.S. Politics Nov. 18, 2009

Modest Rise In Concern About Islamic Extremism

Just more than half (52%) of Americans say they are very concerned about the possible rise of Islamic extremism in the U.S., up from 46% in April 2007.

U.S. Politics Nov. 11, 2009

A Year Out, Widespread Anti-Incumbent Sentiment

The mood of America is glum. Most are dissatisfied with the state of the nation, economic conditions, personal finances and an increasing number say the war in Afghanistan is not going well. Still, a majority continues to approve of Obama’s job as president.

U.S. Politics Oct. 22, 2009

Fewer Americans See Solid Evidence of Global Warming

There has been a sharp decline in the percentage of Americans who say there is solid evidence that global temperatures are rising. Still, there is more support than opposition for cap and trade policy.

U.S. Politics Oct. 14, 2009

What Does the Public Know?

There is a lot to keep up with in the news right now. Many Americans know key facts about health care and the economy, but questions about Afghanistan and environmental legislation in Congress stump the public.

U.S. Politics Oct. 9, 2009

Most Still Oppose Gay Marriage, but Support for Civil Unions Continues to Rise

A 57% majority of Americans support civil unions, continuing a long-term trend of increasing support, but a majority still opposes same-sex marriage. The issue continues to sharply divide religious and political groups.