Fact Tank Jul. 1, 2013

Describing Obama, Bush in a word

Public views of Barack Obama today are very different from those of George W. Bush at about this point in his second term. Obama’s job rating is in positive territory, while Bush’s tilted negative. But a look at the one-word descriptions of the two men finds some common ground. Most notably, the word incompetent appears high on the one-word list for each.

Fact Tank Jun. 28, 2013

For African Americans, discrimination is not dead

America’s struggles with race and racism are never completely out of the news. But it is hard to remember when a series of stories have given this issue such resonance, whether in the rulings of the Supreme Court on affirmative action and voting rights, a tense trial in a Florida courtroom and even the racially insensitive comments of a celebrity chef.

Fact Tank Jun. 27, 2013

Obama seeks to improve economic ties with South Africa as China edges in

President Obama’s trip to South Africa this week aims to strengthen economic ties between the two countries at a time when China’s growing economic presence in the region has added a new dynamic. According to the European Commission, in 2011, China accounted for a larger share of South Africa’s trade than the U.S. did. And the […]

U.S. Politics Jun. 19, 2013

Obama Job Approval Holds Steady

Barack Obama’s job approval rating has changed little in the past month, despite a series of recent controversies. In part, Obama is benefiting from improving views of the economy – the share rating the nation’s economy as excellent or good has doubled over the past year.

Fact Tank Jun. 18, 2013

In Germany, they still love Obama

On Wednesday, Barack Obama returns to Berlin, home to one of the more dramatic moments from his first presidential campaign. In July 2008, speaking beneath the city’s 200-foot-tall Victory Column, Obama pledged to heal the transatlantic divisions that had erupted during then-President George W. Bush’s time in office. “The walls between old allies on either […]

Fact Tank Jun. 4, 2013

Under Obama, Egyptians’ views of U.S. worse than under George W. Bush presidency

Today marks four years since a newly elected President Barack Obama spoke to a packed, enthusiastic audience of students at Cairo University, calling for “a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world.” Four years later, much has changed in Egypt, but anti-Americanism persists.

Fact Tank May. 29, 2013

Should Guantanamo be open or closed? Either way, Democrats have stuck with Obama

One near-certainty on which President Obama can count in his renewed effort to close the prison at Guantanamo is support from rank-and-file Democrats who have consistently backed him on this issue.

U.S. Politics May. 20, 2013

Interest in IRS, Benghazi News Divided by Party

So far, public interest in a trio of controversies connected to the Obama administration remains limited. Republicans are following the stories much more closely.

Global May. 9, 2013

Many Israelis and Palestinians Want Larger Role for Obama

While Israelis and Palestinians differ widely in their outlook for a peaceful resolution of their longstanding conflict, both want U.S. President Barack Obama to play a larger role in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian stalemate.

U.S. Politics May. 8, 2013

Obama Has Approval Advantage, But GOP Runs Even on Issues

Despite GOP leaders’ poor job ratings, the Republican Party runs about even with the Democrats on leading issues such as the economy, immigration and gun control.