U.S. Politics Feb. 23, 2010

Favorability Ratings of Labor Unions Fall Sharply

Favorable views of labor unions have plummeted since 2007, amid growing public skepticism about unions’ purpose and power. Currently, 41% say they have a favorable opinion of labor unions while about as many (42%) express an unfavorable opinion.

U.S. Politics Apr. 2, 2009

Public Knows Basic Facts About Financial Crisis

High percentages of Americans know that the government assistance to banks is aimed at getting them to lend more money, not less money and that China is the foreign country holding the most U.S. government debt. Notably, more Americans know the current unemployment rate than the current level of the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

Pew Research Center Mar. 12, 2009

Socialism, American-Style

We love the free market, but fear corporations and global competition, and depend on Uncle Sam to keep us safe.

Pew Research Center May. 14, 2008

Oh Say, Is that Star-Spangled Banner Made in the U.S.A.?

It was seeing foreign-made American flags at a veteran’s memorial ceremony that inspired a West Virginia legislator to proposed a bill requiring that all flags purchased with state funds be made in America. He’s not alone.

U.S. Politics Nov. 19, 2007

Tracking the Traders

A look at the attitudes of the regular buyers and sellers who make the stock market go up and down finds they are, among other things, even more likely to support the frontrunners in both the Democratic and Republican primaries.

Pew Research Center Sep. 4, 2007

Home Insurance Woes Mount in U.S. Coastal Areas

Two years after Hurricane Katrina, state governments along the Gulf Coast and in other storm-prone areas struggle to keep affordable coverage available in areas seen as increasingly risky.

Pew Research Center Aug. 8, 2007

Democratic Candidates Labor to Win Union Support

Seven Democratic candidates met on Soldier Field in Chicago on Tuesday to address a predominantly union audience at a candidate forum sponsored by the AFL-CIO. How did candidate views stack up with public opinion?

U.S. Politics Aug. 30, 2006

Democrats Face Ideological Split Over Wal-Mart

Leading Democrats have attacked the employment practices of Wal-Mart, but the party’s rank-and-file is divided about the company. Liberals are negative, while conservatives and moderates have a positive view.

U.S. Politics Apr. 18, 2006

Maximum Support for Raising the Minimum

Republican or Democrat, rich or poor, north, east, south or west, the U.S. public says it’s time for a big boost for the lowest paid.