Pew Research Center Feb. 8, 2013

State of the Union 2013 and Public Opinion

VIDEO: Pew Research Center President Alan Murray talks with the Wall Street Journal’s Gerald Seib about President Obama’s State of the Union address and how it compares to the public’s priorities. President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union address to the nation on Tues., Feb. 12. A survey released ahead of his speech […]

Global Jan. 28, 2013

Commentary: Is Obama Out of Step with America on Foreign Policy?

President Barack Obama’s second inaugural address is now history. The limited internationalism highlighted in the speech lacks significant support from the American people, especially those who got him reelected.  

U.S. Politics Jan. 22, 2013

Mixed Reactions to Obama’s Gun Proposals

The public is closely tracking the debate: 43% followed news about the proposals very closely and 29% followed fairly closely.

U.S. Politics Jan. 22, 2013

Obama’s Second Term Goals and Public Opinion

President Obama on Monday laid out his second term priorities, naming a range of issues: the social safety net, entitlement programs, income inequality, climate change, gay rights and immigration reform. Here is what our surveys have found about public opinion on these topics.

U.S. Politics Jan. 17, 2013

Obama in Strong Position as He Begins Second Term

More Americans say Obama is trustworthy, a strong leader and someone who stands up for his beliefs; 52% approve of the job he is doing and 59% have a favorable opinion of him.

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U.S. Politics Jan. 17, 2013

Timeline: Obama’s Approval Ratings Over his First Term

President Obama is in a strong position at the start of his second term. At 52%, his job approval rating is among the highest since the earliest months of his presidency. But it has certainly had its ups and downs.

Pew Research Center Jan. 16, 2013

Obama’s Gun Policy Announcement

President Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden Wednesday unveiled their proposals for preventing the kind of mass shootings that most recently occurred at an elementary school in Newtown, Ct. Here are some of our public opinion findings that relate to some of what they had to say.

U.S. Politics Jan. 7, 2013

Obama Viewed as Fiscal Cliff Victor; Legislation Gets Lukewarm Reception

Barack Obama is viewed as the clear political winner in the fiscal cliff negotiations. But about as many Americans disapprove as approve of the new tax legislation.

Global Nov. 26, 2012

Obama’s Re-election Win Sobered by Unmet Global Expectations

Much of the world cheered the November 6 re-election of U.S. president Barack Obama. But the president’s honeymoon may be short lived.

Media & News Nov. 19, 2012

Positive Media Coverage of Obama Surged During Last Week of Campaign

Much of the surge in positive coverage was tied to Obama’s strategic position, including improving opinion polls and electoral math, rather than directly to positive assessments of his response to Superstorm Sandy.