Fact TankMay 15, 2013

The most popular areas of government are shedding the most workers

Popularity is no protection against budget cuts: The parts of government that Americans like the most — state, cities and counties, and the U.S. Postal Service — are also the ones shedding workers the fastest. The most recent nonfarm payroll figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that the public sector continues to be a drag on […]

Pew Research CenterMay 13, 2013

A European Malaise

Positive views of the EU are at or near their low point in most EU nations, even among the young. And fewer Europeans now say economic integration has strengthened their nation’s economy than did a year ago.

Pew Research CenterMay 8, 2013

Resilient American Values

Optimism in an Era of Growing Inequality and Economic Difficulty Despite an extended period of economic difficulty, Pew Research Center pollsters Andrew Kohut and Michael Dimock show that Americans’ core values and beliefs about economic opportunity, and the nation’s economic outlook, remain largely optimistic and unchanged. There is also little evidence that economic class is […]

Pew Research CenterApril 29, 2013

Political Blame for Flight Delays Spread Evenly

As Washington sprang into action late last week to end the furlough of federal air-traffic controllers and delays at airports across the country, the public blamed both sides for the situation.

Pew Research CenterApril 11, 2013

How Americans Feel About Doing Taxes

As April 15 approaches, a majority of Americans have a negative reaction to doing their income taxes, but about a third say they either like or love doing their taxes.

Pew Research CenterApril 11, 2013

How Do Americans Feel About Doing Their Taxes?

Most say they dislike – or even hate – doing their taxes, but about a third say they like it – or even love it. Click through the responses in this interactive to find out why.

Pew Research CenterMarch 21, 2013

Obama Job Approval Slips as Economic Pessimism Rises

Barack Obama’s job approval rating has tumbled since shortly after his re-election, as the public’s economic expectations for the coming year have soured.

Pew Research CenterMarch 4, 2013

Will Budget Cuts Shrink the U.S. Global Role?

The forced budget cuts, known in Washington as sequestration, are now in force in the United States and $85 billion in spending cuts are in the process of being implemented, with about half of them coming out of Washington’s spending on international engagement.

Pew Research CenterFebruary 25, 2013

Most See Major Impact From Spending Cuts

The public is fatigued after a series of fiscal crises. Only a quarter are following the issue very closely.

Pew Research CenterFebruary 22, 2013

Little Public Support for Cutting Most Programs

As the March 1 deadline for a possible budget sequester approaches, a new national survey finds limited public support for reducing spending for a range of specific programs, including defense, entitlements, education and health care.