Fact Tank Sep. 30, 2013

The last government shutdown and now: a different environment

As the government faces its first shutdown since 1995-1996, the standoff between the Obama administration and Republicans over the federal budget is occurring in a different public opinion environment than when President Bill Clinton faced off with the GOP-controlled House.

Fact Tank Sep. 27, 2013

Lessons from the last government shutdown

The 1995-1996 government shutdowns didn’t help the GOP’s image, but the party had lost support among the public well before they happened.

Fact Tank Sep. 27, 2013

Chart of the Week: The bipartisan federal debt limit

Raising the federal debt limit has given both Republicans and Democrats, in Congress and the White House, fits for decades.

U.S. Politics Sep. 26, 2013

Continued Support for Keystone XL Pipeline

Most Americans support building the Keystone XL pipeline and increasing energy production from traditional sources. Yet the public also favors stricter greenhouse gas emission limits for power plants and is more opposed to fracking and nuclear power.

Fact Tank Sep. 20, 2013

Majority of Americans say banks, large corporations benefitted most from U.S. economic policies

Nearly seven-in-ten Americans say large banks and financial institutions have benefited the most from post-recession government policies.

U.S. Politics Sep. 18, 2013

Republicans Sour on Ben Bernanke

As Ben Bernanke prepares to step down as chairman of the Federal Reserve in January, the public views him somewhat more favorably (38%) than unfavorably (31%), with 32% unable to offer a rating.

Fact Tank Sep. 17, 2013

Five years after country’s fiscal crisis, wide partisan gap exists over financial regulation

The share of Republicans who say government regulation of financial institutions has gone too far is 38 percentage points higher than Democrats.

U.S. Politics Sep. 12, 2013

Doubts About U.S. Economy Persist

Five years after the stock market crash, a 63%-majority says that the U.S. economic system is no more secure today than it was before the 2008 crisis, while just 33% say that it is more secure. And most say household incomes and the job situation have improved little since the recession.

Fact Tank Aug. 20, 2013

Sharp divisions in GOP base on raising the minimum wage

Proposals to raise the minimum wage face stiff opposition in Congress from Republicans, particularly in the House. But within the GOP base, there are sharp educational and income differences over the issue.

Fact Tank Aug. 19, 2013

Public social expenditures falling in most countries but still above pre-crisis levels

New economic figures from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development showed an increase in public spending among developed countries during the global financial crisis, but a survey of European nations indicated publics were now looking to ratchet it down.