U.S. Politics Sep. 4, 2014

56% of Americans Believe They Are ‘Falling Behind’ Financially

Public views of the job market have improved modestly, but overall economic optimism remains limited. Many say their incomes are falling behind the cost of living and 45% have experienced a serious financial hardship.

U.S. Politics Sep. 3, 2014

More Prioritize Border Security in Immigration Debate

As President Obama considers executive action to delay the deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants, the public’s priorities for U.S. immigration policy have shifted, with more people favoring a focus on better border security and tougher enforcement of immigration laws.

U.S. Politics Aug. 28, 2014

As Global Threats Loom, More Say U.S. Does Too Little

The share of Americans saying the U.S. does too little to address global problems has nearly doubled since last November. The Islamic militants known as ISIS or ISIL tops the public’s list of security concerns.

U.S. Politics Aug. 28, 2014

More Express Sympathy for Israel than the Palestinians

Most Americans say they sympathize “a lot” (34%) or “some” (32%) with Israel, while roughly a quarter sympathize with Israel “not much” (15%) or “not at all” (12%).

U.S. Politics Aug. 26, 2014

Republicans Open Up Wider ‘Expectations Gap’ Ahead of Midterms

With just over two months before the midterm elections, Republican voters are widening the “expectations gap” with the Democrats.

U.S. Politics Aug. 25, 2014

Police Forces Nationally Get Low Marks From Public

Most Americans give relatively low marks to police departments around the country for holding officers accountable for misconduct, using the appropriate amount of force, and treating racial and ethnic groups equally.

U.S. Politics Aug. 18, 2014

Approval of Airstrikes in Iraq, But Worry about U.S. Involvement

The American public backs airstrikes against Islamic militants in Iraq and more now say the U.S. has a responsibility to act, but there is widespread concern about the U.S. becoming too involved in the situation.

U.S. Politics Aug. 18, 2014

Stark Racial Divisions in Reactions to Ferguson Police Shooting

Blacks are about twice as likely as whites to say that the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., raises important issues about race and that police have gone too far in responding to the shooting’s aftermath.

U.S. Politics Aug. 5, 2014

Modest Improvement in Views of Economic News

Amid recent reports on the U.S. unemployment rate and gross domestic product, public views of economic news have improved modestly since February.

U.S. Politics Jul. 31, 2014

Shifting Views of Supreme Court’s Ideology among Liberals, Conservatives

Overall views of the U.S. Supreme Court – and its ideology – have changed only modestly since last measured in April before the court’s end-of-term decisions, including the Hobby Lobby ruling that limits the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive requirement.