U.S. Politics May. 25, 2010

What Kind of Candidates are Voters Looking for in November?

Americans are less likely to vote for a candidate who supported TARP, more likely to back one who compromises, and split on health care supporters. Neither party has an advantage on the economy, but the GOP has improved on several issues. Sharp rise in BP criticism over the oil spill.

U.S. Politics May. 18, 2010

Public’s Priorities for Congress: Jobs and Energy Top Immigration

Congress’s ratings are abysmal; Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan draws mixed ratings but half have no opinion.

U.S. Politics May. 12, 2010

Public Supports Arizona Immigration Law

A majority approves of the new law, and larger percentages support requiring people to produce identification documents for police and allowing authorities to detain people unable to verify their legal status.

U.S. Politics May. 11, 2010

Oil Spill Seen As Ecological Disaster

Americans are critical of the government’s response to the environmental disaster in the Gulf, but even more so of BP. Support for offshore oil drilling is down, though Republican opinion is unchanged.

U.S. Politics May. 4, 2010

“Socialism” Not So Negative, “Capitalism” Not So Positive

Reactions to words and phrases frequently used in political discourse reveal some surprises: Among the young, “capitalism” and “socialism” are rated about equally; “militia” scores poorly among all groups.

U.S. Politics Apr. 28, 2010

Pessimistic Public Doubts Effectiveness of Stimulus, TARP

As has been the case for most of the past two years, about nine-in-ten rate national economic conditions as only fair or poor. As a political consequence, the Democratic Party has lost ground to the Republican Party on a wide range of issues, including the job situation.

U.S. Politics Apr. 18, 2010

Distrust, Discontent, Anger and Partisan Rancor

By almost every conceivable measure Americans are less positive and more critical of government these days.

U.S. Politics Apr. 7, 2010

Broad Criticism of Pope Benedict’s Handling of Sex Abuse Scandal

Amid new revelations of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI’s job ratings for handling the scandal have plummeted.

U.S. Politics Apr. 1, 2010

Broad Public Support For Legalizing Medical Marijuana

Nearly three-quarters of Americans say they favor their state allowing the sale and use of marijuana for medical purposes. Support spans all major political and demographic groups. There is less support for general legalization, but the proportion supporting legalizing marijuana use has continued to rise over the past two decades.

U.S. Politics Mar. 23, 2010

Gun Control Splits America

The public is divided over whether state and local governments should be able to pass laws banning the sale and possession of handguns as well as whether it is more important to protect gun owners’ rights or control gun ownership.