U.S. Politics Apr. 23, 2009

Obama at 100 Days: Strong Job Approval, Even Higher Personal Ratings

As he approaches the 100-day mark of his presidency, Barack Obama’s job approval ratings are higher than those of his most recent predecessors. However, the 44th president is even more distinguished by his strong personal popularity.

Pew Research Center Apr. 23, 2009

Views About Torture Remain Evenly Split

Amid intense debate over the use of torture against suspected terrorists, public opinion about this issue remains about equally divided overall, although Republicans are far more likely than Democrats to say it is at least sometimes justified.

U.S. Politics Mar. 25, 2009

Americans Favor Carbon Cap, Gays in the Military and Renewing U.S.-Cuba Ties

New polling finds public favors setting limits on carbon emissions, allowing gays to serve openly in the military and re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba.

U.S. Politics Mar. 16, 2009

Obama’s Approval Rating Slips Amid Division Over Economic Proposals

Most people think the new president is doing as much as he can to fix the economy, but the public expresses mixed views of his many major proposals to fix the economy. The public overwhelmingly supports Obama’s plan to remove most combat troops from Iraq by the end of August but a much narrower majority supports his planned troop buildup in Afghanistan.

U.S. Politics Feb. 18, 2009

Obama Faces Familiar Divisions Over Anti-Terror Policies

Obama receives positive ratings for his handling of terrorism but the public remains deeply divided over how best to defend the nation against the threat.

U.S. Politics Jan. 29, 2009

Ideological Gaps Over Israel on Both Sides of Atlantic

The American public has long expressed strong support for Israel. In contrast, polls in Western Europe have frequently found more support for the Palestinians. But while they generally take different sides in the conflict, political ideology matters in both America and Europe.

U.S. Politics Jan. 15, 2009

Strong Confidence in Obama — Country Seen as Less Politically Divided

Public confidence in Barack Obama to deal with the nation’s most pressing problems is high and many Americans not only see the president-elect as a problem-solver, but as a “uniter” as well.

U.S. Politics Jan. 13, 2009

Modest Backing for Israel in Gaza Crisis; No Desire for Greater U.S. Role

Americans have a mixed view of the war in Gaza, and see it in much the same way as they viewed Israel’s conflict with Hezbollah in 2006. As in the past, Americans express strong support for Israel, but there is limited approval of the current military action. However, Hamas is largely seen as primarily responsible for the outbreak of violence.

U.S. Politics Jan. 7, 2009

Gains Seen On Minority Discrimination — But Little Else

As Obama prepares to take office, majorities say the country is losing ground on many key issues, especially economic ones.

Religion Dec. 8, 2008

After Bush, Islam’s Real Challenge

Scholar Vali Nasr argues that the 2003 invasion of Iraq has fundamentally shifted the region’s balance of power and that the most important conflicts of the Middle East now revolve around the Shia/Sunni sectarian divide.