U.S. Politics Jul. 8, 2009

Wilted Green Shoots

The number of Americans hearing mostly negative economic news has been steadily rising since May, especially among independents.

U.S. Politics Jun. 24, 2009

Who’s Your Favorite Republican?

While Sarah Palin is a GOP favorite, it is Mitt Romney who now enjoys a positive balance of opinion among the general public. Newt Gingrich remains a divisive figure and Michale Steele is still mostly unknown.

U.S. Politics Jun. 19, 2009

Public More Optimistic About the Economy, But Still Reluctant to Spend

Increasingly, Americans express the view that the nation’s economy will improve in the next year, and a growing number also expect their personal finances to get better. But this has not caused people to open their wallets.

U.S. Politics Jun. 18, 2009

Obama’s High Ratings Hold Despite Some Policy Concerns

A solid majority of Americans continue to approve of Barack Obama’s job performance, although they express mixed views of several of his policies. Only about one-in-five Americans (21%) say the U.S. is less safe from terrorism under the Obama administration than under the Bush administration

U.S. Politics May. 21, 2009

Independents Take Center Stage in the Obama Era

Centrism has emerged as a dominant factor in public opinion as the Obama administration begins. Republicans and Democrats are even more divided than in the past, while the growing political middle is steadfastly mixed in its beliefs about government, the free market and other values that underlie views on contemporary issues and policies. Both political parties have lost adherents since the election and an increasing number of Americans identify as independents.

U.S. Politics Apr. 30, 2009

Public Takes Conservative Turn on Gun Control, Abortion

Public attitudes on two contentious national issues — gun control and abortion — have moved in a more conservative direction over the past year. In both cases, the changes have largely been driven by shifts in attitudes among men.

U.S. Politics Apr. 28, 2009

Support for Free Trade Recovers Despite Recession

Despite the economic recession, support for free trade agreements is up by nine percentage points — from 35% to 44% — putting positive opinions of trade back in line with long-term trends. People in low-income families and Democrats are much more supportive of trade now than they were a year ago.

U.S. Politics Apr. 23, 2009

Obama at 100 Days: Strong Job Approval, Even Higher Personal Ratings

As he approaches the 100-day mark of his presidency, Barack Obama’s job approval ratings are higher than those of his most recent predecessors. However, the 44th president is even more distinguished by his strong personal popularity.

U.S. Politics Apr. 8, 2009

Partisan Bickering Is Back, Says Public

Obama continues to inspire confidence on economic matters, as majorities believe his policies will both improve economic conditions (66%) and reduce the budget deficit over time (54%). There has been no improvement in the GOP’s image.

U.S. Politics Apr. 2, 2009

Public Knows Basic Facts About Financial Crisis

High percentages of Americans know that the government assistance to banks is aimed at getting them to lend more money, not less money and that China is the foreign country holding the most U.S. government debt. Notably, more Americans know the current unemployment rate than the current level of the Dow Jones Industrial Average.