Deficit Declines as Top Policy Priority
Reducing the budget deficit has declined as a top public priority since last year, due to a dramatic shift in views among Democrats. The public’s highest priorities for 2014 are the economy, jobs and terrorism.
Most See Inequality Growing, but Partisans Differ over Solutions
There is broad public agreement that economic inequality has grown over the past decade, but there are wide partisan differences over how much the government should – and can – do to address these issues.
Christie’s Image Turns More Negative
Unfavorable views of N.J. governor Chris Christie have doubled since last January in the wake of a scandal involving highway lane closures that led to massive traffic jams. Most of those who have heard about the controversy believe Christie was aware of his aides’ involvement.
Obama’s NSA Speech Has Little Impact on Skeptical Public
Just half have heard about Obama’s changes and most who did say they won’t increase privacy. Overall approval of the surveillance program has declined 10 points since July, from 50% to 40%.
Christie Story Attracts Little Public Interest
The public paid far more attention to last week’s cold snap than to the controversy swirling around New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
In New Year, Half Are Looking Forward to Midterm Elections
As 2014 begins and the midterm election campaigns heat up, about half of the public (51%) is especially looking forward to November’s congressional elections while 49% are not looking forward to them.
Public Resists Entitlement Cuts in Deficit Debate
Majorities of Americans say it is more important to maintain spending on Social Security and Medicare and programs to help the poor than to take steps to reduce the budget deficit.
No Improvement in Public’s Views of Economic News
As the Federal Reserve meets to discuss whether to keep up its $85-billion-a-month bond-buying program, the public’s perceptions of recent economic news have shown little change.
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.