U.S. Politics Feb. 22, 2011

In Showdown with Air Traffic Controllers, the Public Sided with Reagan

The bitter fight over union rights in Wisconsin calls to mind a labor battle that helped define the first year of Ronald Reagan’s presidency.

U.S. Politics Feb. 17, 2011

Labor Unions: Good for Workers, Not for U.S. Competitiveness

Favorability ratings for labor unions remain at nearly their lowest level in a quarter century with virtually no differences in opinions about private and public sector unions. Yet the public now expresses similar opinions about business corporations whose rating is also near a historic low.

U.S. Politics Oct. 22, 2010

Independent Voters vs. Unions

Union members are one voting bloc that continues to strongly back their party’s candidates — the downside of that support is that labor unions have fallen out of favor with the broader public, including independents who will cast the decisive votes in this year’s elections.

Pew Research Center May. 5, 2010

United We Stand … on Technology

Americans are widely dissatisfied not only with government but with most major institutions. One notable exception: the technology industry.

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.