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.

Global Jan. 15, 2013

Public Attitudes Toward the Next Social Contract

The recent deliberations in Washington about the fiscal cliff have triggered a national debate in the United States about the nature, extent and future sustainability of key elements of the U.S. social safety net.

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.

Dec. 20, 2012

Generation Gap Influences Views on Budget Tradeoffs

The record generation gap evident in the last two presidential elections is echoed by large differences by age in attitudes about the tradeoff between reducing the federal deficit and preserving entitlements for older adults.

Dec. 18, 2012

A Bipartisan Nation of Beneficiaries

A majority of Americans, both Democrat and Republican, have received government benefits from one of the six best-known federal entitlement programs.

U.S. Politics Dec. 18, 2012

Public Skeptical about a ’Fiscal Cliff’ Deal

With less than two weeks to go before the nation goes over the fiscal cliff, the public remains pessimistic about the possibility that the president and Congress will reach an agreement by the Jan. 1 deadline.

U.S. Politics Dec. 13, 2012

As Fiscal Cliff Nears, Democrats Have Public Opinion on Their Side

The Democrats are in a strong position with the public as they engage in negotiations to find a solution to the fiscal cliff crisis.

U.S. Politics Dec. 4, 2012

Pessimism About Fiscal Cliff Deal, Republicans Still Get More Blame

With Washington making little apparent progress in efforts to avoid going over the “fiscal cliff,” most Americans are skeptical that the White House and Republicans will reach a deal. A majority would blame Republicans if talks fail.

Pew Research Center Nov. 21, 2012

The ’Fiscal Cliff’ and Public Opinion

Just as the White House and Congress faced a deadline for an agreement on raising the debt ceiling in 2011, they now must reach a deal to avoid a “fiscal cliff” before year-end. And, they have to do it against the backdrop of a public that’s divided on how to reduce the deficit.