Debt and Deficit: Key Data Points from Pew Research
Reducing the budget deficit has declined on the public’s agenda for the first time since President Obama first took office. Overall, 63% say reducing the budget deficit should be a top priority for Congress and the president this year, down from 72% a year ago, according to a survey conducted Jan. 15-19. Most of the […]
U.S.-China Relations: Key Data Points from Pew Research
Just a third of the American public has a favorable view of China. When Americans were asked their opinion about twelve nations in an Oct. 30-Nov. 6 survey, only 33% said they had a favorable view of China. In 2011, 51% of Americans had a very or somewhat favorable view of China, a figure that […]
Chart of the Week: Where the loss of unemployment benefits will hit
A map from the Washington Post shows the states where the expiration of unemployment benefits on Saturday will have the most impact.
Public Resists Entitlement Cuts in Deficit Debate
Majorities of Americans say it is more important to maintain spending on Social Security and Medicare and programs to help the poor than to take steps to reduce the budget deficit.
Obama’s Job Rating Edges Up as Difficult Year Nears End
Barack Obama’s steadily declining job rating has modestly improved. And while the 2010 health care law remains unpopular, the public has more confidence in Obama on health care policy than in Republican leaders in Congress.
Regulators approve Volcker Rule, but public is split on financial regulation
About half of Americans think the government hasn’t gone far enough in regulating financial institutions following the 2007-08 financial crisis.
The U.S.’s high income gap is met with relatively low public concern
Public awareness of income inequality in the U.S. appears to be out of touch with existing income gaps in contrast to most other countries.
Public Closely Tracks Shutdown Resolution
The public closely tracked the resolution to the government shutdown and increase in the debt limit, with nearly half (49%) saying they followed news very closely and 30% saying they followed news somewhat closely.
Views of Government: Key Data Points
Public confidence of government has fallen in recent years, and many Americans favor a smaller government providing fewer services, according to Pew Research Center surveys.
Public Sees Bumpy Launch of Health Insurance Exchanges
Public awareness of the new health insurance exchanges has increased significantly over the past month, but the public’s overall impression is the launch is not going well.