Republicans More Optimistic than Democrats about Midterms
Less than a year out from the 2014 midterm elections, Republicans are more optimistic than Democrats about their party’s electoral prospects. But the “expectations gap” is far more modest now than it was prior to the 2010 election, when Republicans were brimming with confidence, or 2006, when most Democrats anticipated a midterm victory.
Obama’s Job Rating Edges Up as Difficult Year Nears End
Barack Obama’s steadily declining job rating has modestly improved. And while the 2010 health care law remains unpopular, the public has more confidence in Obama on health care policy than in Republican leaders in Congress.
Limited Support for Iran Nuclear Deal
More Americans disapprove than approve of last month’s nuclear agreement with Iran, and and there continues to be widespread skepticism about whether Iranian leaders are serious about addressing international concerns over the country’s nuclear program.
Views of U.S. Global Power Fall to New Low
Growing numbers of Americans believe that U.S. global power and prestige are in decline. And support for U.S. global engagement has fallen. Yet, despite these reservations, most Americans say greater U.S. involvement in the global economy is a good thing.
Philippines Disaster Draws Limited Interest, Donations
Fewer Americans are very closely following news about the typhoon that struck the Philippines than followed news about other recent major disasters. And fewer are donating to Philippines disaster relief efforts.
Public Agrees on Obesity’s Impact, Not Government’s Role
A majority of Americans see obesity as a very serious public health problem affecting society more broadly, but the public has mixed opinions about what, if anything, the government should do about the issue.
Obama’s Second-Term Slide Continues
Obama’s second-term job ratings have followed a similar trajectory as those of his predecessor, George W. Bush. In contrast, the prior two-term presidents – Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan – enjoyed positive ratings in the year after their reelections.
Most Say Monitoring Allied Leaders’ Calls Is Unacceptable
In the wake of reports that the National Security Agency (NSA) has been listening to phone calls of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other heads of state, a 56% majority of Americans say it is unacceptable for the U.S. to monitor the phones of allied leaders.
Republicans Divided Over Climate Change
As many Republicans say there is solid evidence of global warming as say there is not (46% each). Among those who agree with the Tea Party, 70% say there is not solid evidence of warming, while 61% of non-Tea Party Republicans say global warming does exist.
Public Closely Tracks Shutdown Resolution
The public closely tracked the resolution to the government shutdown and increase in the debt limit, with nearly half (49%) saying they followed news very closely and 30% saying they followed news somewhat closely.