U.S. Politics Jan. 24, 2013

Deficit Reduction Rises on Public’s Agenda

As Barack Obama begins his second term, only the economy and jobs are viewed as more important priorities than deficit reduction for the coming year.

U.S. Politics Jan. 22, 2013

Mixed Reactions to Obama’s Gun Proposals

The public is closely tracking the debate: 43% followed news about the proposals very closely and 29% followed fairly closely.

U.S. Politics Jan. 17, 2013

Obama in Strong Position as He Begins Second Term

More Americans say Obama is trustworthy, a strong leader and someone who stands up for his beliefs; 52% approve of the job he is doing and 59% have a favorable opinion of him.

U.S. Politics Jan. 14, 2013

In Gun Control Debate, Several Options Draw Majority Support

There are clear areas of agreement when it comes to a number of gun policy proposals like background checks for gun sales. But there are big partisan divides on others.

U.S. Politics Jan. 8, 2013

As Hagel Fight Begins, Wide Partisan Differences in Support for Israel

For decades, the public has sympathized more with Israel than the Palestinians in the Middle East conflict. However, the partisan gap in sympathies, while little changed in recent years, is as large as it has been in more than three decades of polling.

U.S. Politics Jan. 7, 2013

Obama Viewed as Fiscal Cliff Victor; Legislation Gets Lukewarm Reception

Barack Obama is viewed as the clear political winner in the fiscal cliff negotiations. But about as many Americans disapprove as approve of the new tax legislation.

U.S. Politics Dec. 21, 2012

Hillary Clinton’s Career of Comebacks

With the choice of John Kerry to succeed her, Hillary Clinton prepares to step down as Secretary of State after a political career in which she has been the comeback kid.

U.S. Politics Dec. 20, 2012

Modest Change in Opinion about Gun Control

While support for controlling gun ownership has increased in the wake of the Newtown shootings, the change since July has been modest.

U.S. Politics Dec. 18, 2012

Public Skeptical about a ’Fiscal Cliff’ Deal

With less than two weeks to go before the nation goes over the fiscal cliff, the public remains pessimistic about the possibility that the president and Congress will reach an agreement by the Jan. 1 deadline.

U.S. Politics Dec. 17, 2012

Public Divided Over Newtown Shootings

Americans are evenly divided over whether the Newtown shootings reflect broader problems in society or are just isolated acts of troubled individuals.