Fact Tank Jan. 20, 2015

State of the Union 2015: How Americans see the nation, their leaders and the issues

As President Obama delivers the State of the Union address Jan. 20, here’s a primer of U.S. public opinion on top issues, the state of the nation and the country’s political leaders.

Pew Research Center Jan. 15, 2015

Unauthorized Immigrants: Who they are and what the public thinks

Immigration continues to loom as a major issue in 2015, following President Obama’s executive actions last year expanding the number of undocumented immigrants permitted to work and stay in the U.S. A roundup of facts about unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. and public opinion.

U.S. Politics Jan. 14, 2015

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.

Fact Tank Jan. 14, 2015

Job shifts under Obama: Fewer government workers, more caregivers, servers and temps

The healthcare industry, food and drink establishments and temp services have driven most of the jobs growth since Barack Obama took office nearly six years ago.

Fact Tank Jan. 12, 2015

Will GOP-run Congress lead to more Obama vetoes? History suggests yes

Some political observers predict that Obama will be using his veto pen a lot more in his last two years in office than he did in the first six. Recent history indicates that presidents do veto more bills when both houses of Congress are controlled by the opposing party.

Fact Tank Jan. 8, 2015

Americans agree on trade: Good for the country, but not great for jobs

Trade is shaping up as a major issue on the 2015 legislative agenda, with Congressional leaders and Obama suggesting bilateral cooperation on U.S. trade agendas. Indeed, a Pew Research Center survey suggests such bipartisan efforts also could find public support.

Fact Tank Jan. 7, 2015

GOP Congress takes over amid public pessimism about an end to divisions

The new GOP-controlled Congress takes office at a time when the American public sees partisan rifts in the country getting worse.

Fact Tank Dec. 23, 2014

As Cuban American demographics change, so do views of Cuba

President Obama’s change in policy towards Cuba comes as the Cuban American population itself is changing—in its demographics, views of U.S.-Cuba policy, and its politics.

Pew Research Center Dec. 11, 2014

Are We Writing Off Obama Too Soon?

By Andrew Kohut With two years to go, Barack Obama is widely seen as a failed president, responsible for his party’s losses in the mid-term Congressional elections. He still faces strong headwinds on both domestic policy and foreign affairs. The notion that the president can make a comeback with the American public may seem very […]

U.S. Politics Dec. 11, 2014

Few See Quick Cure for Nation’s Political Divisions

The public is deeply pessimistic about the prospects for healing the nation’s political divisions. And most Americans think continued partisan gridlock would wreak significant damage on the country.