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.

U.S. Politics Dec. 14, 2012

Public Says U.S. Does Not Have Responsibility to Act in Syria

As fighting in Syria rages on, the public continues to say that the U.S. does not have a responsibility to do something about it. A new survey also finds little change in the public’s sympathies in the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

U.S. Politics Dec. 13, 2012

As Fiscal Cliff Nears, Democrats Have Public Opinion on Their Side

The Democrats are in a strong position with the public as they engage in negotiations to find a solution to the fiscal cliff crisis.

U.S. Politics Dec. 4, 2012

Pessimism About Fiscal Cliff Deal, Republicans Still Get More Blame

With Washington making little apparent progress in efforts to avoid going over the “fiscal cliff,” most Americans are skeptical that the White House and Republicans will reach a deal. A majority would blame Republicans if talks fail.

U.S. Politics Nov. 26, 2012

Young Voters Supported Obama Less, But May Have Mattered More

Barack Obama won 60% of the vote among those younger than 30, down from 66% in 2008, but his youth support may have been an even more important factor in his victory this year.

U.S. Politics Nov. 15, 2012

Voters Give Low Marks to the 2012 Campaign

Many voters say the 2012 presidential election campaign was more negative than usual and had less discussion of issues than in most previous campaigns. They give mixed grades to the candidates, the consultants, the press and the pollsters.

U.S. Politics Nov. 13, 2012

Broad Concern about ’Fiscal Cliff’ Consequences

The public is skeptical that President Obama and congressional Republicans will reach an agreement by the end of the year to avoid the fiscal cliff. About half say the two sides will not reach an agreement, while just 38% say they will.

U.S. Politics Nov. 9, 2012

Behind Gay Marriage Momentum, Regional Gaps Persist

While support for gay marriage is on the rise nationwide, there are wide regional differences in the level of support, which is strongest in New England and weakest in the South.

U.S. Politics Nov. 7, 2012

A Comparison of Results from Surveys by the Pew Research Center and Google Consumer Surveys

As internet use grows– whether through a traditional computer, tablet, gaming device or cell phone – new techniques are being developed to conduct social research and measure people’s behavior and opinion while they are online.

U.S. Politics Nov. 7, 2012

No Consensus View on Election Outcome

Voters had a mixed reaction to the outcome of the 2012 presidential election in the hours immediately following Barack Obama’s victory.