NASA popularity still sky-high
NASA continues to be very popular among the public, with four times as many Americans holding a favorable view of the space agency as unfavorable (68% vs. 17%).
Budget deficit dropping, but public still concerned
While the $467.5 billion deficit projection for fiscal 2015 is the lowest since 2007, the nonpartisan agency predicts higher deficits in the years to come. Meanwhile, the public’s concerns about reducing the deficit have varied over the past two decades, according to the Pew Research Center’s annual policy priorities surveys.
Plurality of Americans support current level of defense spending
A plurality of Americans say defense spending should be kept at current levels.
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.
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.
Chart of the Week: The geography of the House’s conservative core
More than half of House Republicans who wanted to use the appropriations process to de-fund the Affordable Care Act are from the South.
More Concern About the Debt Limit, But Skepticism Persists
Public concern over breaching the debt limit deadline has risen only slightly from a week ago. Among those who see no dire economic consequences from missing the Thursday deadline, most say there is no need to raise the debt limit at all.
Partisans Dug in on Budget Impasse
44% of Americans say that Republican leaders should agree to a budget deal without cuts or delays to the 2010 health care law, while 42% say it is Obama who should agree to cuts or delays in the law.
On Twitter: Dueling views on the shutdown and Obamacare
Two separate, but related conversations have been prominent on Twitter—one about the government shutdown and the other about President Obama’s health care law, the landmark legislation at the heart of the Congressional impasse that triggered the shutdown.
Federal government shutdown: The data casualties
Which federal data sources are, aren’t and may be affected by the government shutdown.