Dems Have More Positive Image, But GOP Runs Even or Ahead on Key Issues
While majorities say the Democratic Party is open and tolerant, the Republican Party runs even with them on the economy and immigration and holds double-digit leads over the Democrats on terrorism, foreign policy and taxes.
Growing Support for Campaign Against ISIS
About twice as many Americans approve (63%) as disapprove (30%) of the U.S. military campaign against ISIS. While the idea of sending ground troops is more divisive, it draws higher support than it did four months ago.
Increased Public Support for the U.S. Arming Ukraine
As fighting continues in eastern Ukraine between government forces and Russian-backed rebels, the public has become more supportive of sending arms to the Ukrainian government and increasing sanctions on Russia.
Views of Job News Turn More Positive Over Past Year
For the first time since the end of the recession in 2009, a greater share of the public is hearing mostly good news (28%) than bad news (22%) about the job situation.
Large Majority Views Measles Vaccine as Safe
An 83% majority of Americans — including majorities across virtually every demographic and partisan group — say vaccines for diseases such as measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) are safe for healthy children.
How Americans View Government Agencies
The public continues to express positive views of many agencies of the federal government, even though overall trust in government is near historic lows.
Obama, in a Word
As public perceptions of Barack Obama have changed, so too have the words used to describe him. While familiar words like “good” and “incompetent” are used most frequently (as was the case in 2013) new words like “dictator” and “impressive” also have emerged.
Americans Support Stronger Ties with Cuba
Fully 63% of Americans approve of the Obama administration’s decision in December to re-establish diplomatic ties with Cuba after more than 50 years.
Americans’ Top Priorities for 2015
For the first time in five years, as many Americans cite defending the U.S. against terrorism (76%) as a top policy priority as say that about strengthening the nation’s economy (75%).
Obama’s Job Rating Ticks Higher
President Obama enters the seventh year of his presidency with a 47% approval rating, up five points since December. Meanwhile, the public’s views of the U.S. economy have steadily improved.