Fact Tank Oct. 7, 2013

Supreme Court starts new term coming off record-low ratings

The Supreme Court began its new term today, after seeing its favorability ratings drop following rulings during its last term.

Fact Tank Oct. 3, 2013

Most federal agencies viewed positively, despite frustration and anger with government

The public has long expressed a more negative opinion of “the government” than of the departments and agencies that actually carry out the work of government.

Fact Tank Oct. 2, 2013

About half of Americans say the political parties have grown so far apart that they can’t agree on solutions

Almost half of Americans say Congress is gridlocked because of the wide partisan gap; more than a third say it’s because of a few members who won’t compromise.

U.S. Politics Sep. 30, 2013

Public Anger at Government Rises

Overall, 26% of Americans say they are angry at the federal government, while 51% feel frustrated. Just 17% say they are basically content with the government. Anger is most palpable among conservative Republicans.

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.

U.S. Politics Sep. 23, 2013

Blame for Both Sides as Possible Government Shutdown Approaches

If the federal government shuts down over a budget disagreement, about as many Americans would blame the Republicans (39%) as would blame the Obama administration (36%), with 17% volunteering that both would be equally to blame.

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. 10, 2013

Can presidential speeches change minds? The evidence suggest not

The presidency may well be a “bully pulpit,” in Theodore Roosevelt’s original sense, a position that commands attention. But as President Barack Obama prepares to address the nation Tuesday in support of taking military action against Syria, there’s little evidence (at least in recent times) that presidential speeches are very effective at moving the needle […]

Fact Tank Sep. 4, 2013

Most members of Congress have little direct military experience

Veterans make up a smaller share of Congress than at any time in the past five decades.