U.S. PoliticsMay 1, 2012

Supreme Court Favorability Reaches New Low

Public assessments of the Supreme Court have reached a quarter-century low.

U.S. PoliticsApril 26, 2012

Growing Gap in Favorable Views of Federal, State Governments

The gap between favorable ratings of the federal government and state and local governments is wider than ever. Just a third of Americans have a favorable opinion of the federal government, the lowest positive rating in 15 years.

U.S. PoliticsMarch 3, 2011

Shifting Political Winds

Americans’ are less discontent with the federal government but no more ready for political compromise. Views of Congress remain heavily negative, while Obama’s ratings stay positive. On social issues, the public is, for the first time, evenly split on gay marriage, while support for legal abortion, legalized marijuana — but not gun control — have all risen.

U.S. PoliticsOctober 22, 2010

Continued Positive Marks for Government Anti-Terror Efforts

The federal government continues to get positive marks for efforts to reduce the threat of

terrorism although the partisan gap has reversed since the Bush years. But many Americans say luck is a big reason why the U.S. has not suffered a major attack at home since 2001.

ScienceMay 11, 2010

Oil Spill Seen As Ecological Disaster

Americans are critical of the government’s response to the environmental disaster in the Gulf, but even more so of BP. Support for offshore oil drilling is down, though Republican opinion is unchanged.

U.S. PoliticsApril 18, 2010

Distrust, Discontent, Anger and Partisan Rancor

By almost every conceivable measure Americans are less positive and more critical of government these days.

U.S. PoliticsAugust 11, 2009

Opinion of State Governments Drops With the Economy, Budget Gaps

The falloff in favorable views has been greater in states with the largest budget gaps. Also, the new administration has shifted partisan views of the federal government dramatically.

U.S. PoliticsSeptember 23, 2008

Most Approve of Wall Street Bailout and See Obama as Better Able to Address Crisis

With public interest in the economy at a 20-year high, by a margin of almost two-to-one Americans think the government is doing the right thing in investing billions of dollars to try to keep financial institutions and markets secure.

U.S. PoliticsMay 14, 2008

The Federal Government’s Favorables Fall Even Farther

Americans continue to hold their local and state governments in fairly high esteem, but positive views of the federal government are at their lowest point in at least a decade.