U.S. Politics Jun. 21, 2011

Record Number Favors Removing U.S. Troops from Afghanistan

For the first time, a majority (56%) says that U.S. troops should be brought home as soon as possible, while 39% favor keeping troops in Afghanistan until the situation has stabilized.

U.S. Politics Jun. 20, 2011

More Say GOP Would Be Mainly Responsible If No Increase In Debt Limit

Partisans express strong opinions about which side would be most responsible if no agreement is reached before the debt limit is hit.

U.S. Politics Jun. 14, 2011

Most Say Political Sex Scandals Due to Greater Scrutiny, Not Lower Morality

A 57%-majority says elected officials just get caught more often because they are under greater scrutiny. About two-in-ten (19%), on the other hand, say elected officials have lower moral standards than ordinary Americans.

U.S. Politics Jun. 10, 2011

Views of Middle East Unchanged by Recent Events

The American public continues to express reservations about the U.S. taking an active role in the world, and casts a wary eye on the turmoil sweeping the Middle East. Far more continue to say they sympathize with Israel rather than the Palestinians, and a plurality says President Obama is striking the right balance with the situation.

U.S. Politics Jun. 7, 2011

More Blame Wars than Domestic Spending or Tax Cuts for Nation’s Debt

Public concern about the budget deficit has increased since the end of last year. Proposals to reduce it by raising taxes on the rich and corporations are popular.

U.S. Politics Jun. 6, 2011

Opposition to Ryan Medicare Plan from Older, Attentive Americans

There is broad, and strong, opposition to the proposal among older Americans and those who are paying a lot of attention to the issue.

U.S. Politics Jun. 2, 2011

Republican Candidates Stir Little Enthusiasm

The emerging GOP field draws tepid ratings, and among the well-known candidates only Romney has broad potential appeal (most say there is no chance they would vote for Palin). In a hypothetical matchup, Obama continues to hold a sizable lead against a generic Republican opponent.

U.S. Politics Jun. 1, 2011

Top Reaction to GOP Field — “Unimpressed”

Overall, 44% offer negative words to describe the Republican candidates, 19% use neutral words and just 12% use positive words.

U.S. Politics May. 24, 2011

More Concern about Raising Debt Limit than Government Default

By a 48%-to-35% margin, Americans say their greater concern is that raising the debt limit would lead to higher government spending and a larger national debt than that not raising the limit would force the government into default and hurt the nation’s economy.

U.S. Politics May. 9, 2011

Obama Bump Recedes a Bit

Barack Obama’s job approval rating has fallen slightly since the day after Osama bin Laden’s death was announced. But the balance of opinion regarding Obama’s job performance remains more positive than it was in early April. There also continues to be more optimism about the U.S. achieving its goals in Afghanistan than there was prior to bin Laden’s killing.