Fact Tank Jan. 30, 2014

On Twitter, criticism exceeds praise for Obama’s speech

The word “women” appeared more often than 30 other search terms in the Twitter discussion, followed by such domestic topics as education, jobs, healthcare reform and the economy.

Fact Tank Jan. 13, 2014

Obama lags his predecessors in recess appointments

In his six years in office, Barack Obama has made 32 recess appointments to federal positions.

Pew Research Center Jan. 7, 2014

Will Obama drag down Hillary in 2016?

While Hillary Clinton had to contend with “Clinton fatigue” in her 2008 race for president, “Obama fatigue” is her potential stumbling block this time.

Fact Tank Dec. 19, 2013

Obama, Bush and the ‘second-term curse’

Barack Obama and George Bush have at least one thing in common when it comes to the second terms they won — the first year of their encores have been downers when it came to their public images.

U.S. Politics Dec. 10, 2013

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.

Fact Tank Dec. 5, 2013

Americans see growing gap between rich and poor

The issue of income inequality is back in the news at a time when the U.S. public believes there is a growing gulf between rich and poor that is likely to continue.

Fact Tank Dec. 5, 2013

Republicans gloomier about U.S. role in the world

Partisanship is a major factor in a new Pew Research Center survey showing that a growing number of Americans believe the U.S. is less respected in the world and plays a less important role globally than 10 years ago.

Fact Tank Dec. 4, 2013

Harvard poll finds Millennials have turned sour on Obama

A new survey by Harvard University’s Institute of Politics finds that 18-to-29 year olds now have a more negative view of his presidency. But the declines are not greater than those of other age groups.

U.S. Politics Nov. 8, 2013

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.

Nov. 4, 2013

Black president by 2013? Twenty years ago, about half of Americans thought there was a good chance

The historic moment may not have come as a surprise to many. Twenty years ago, about half of Americans (54%) thought the chances were good that we would have a black president by now, according to a 1993 Gallup/CNN/USA Today survey of U.S. adults, while 45% thought the chances were slim.