Public opinion on the economy and Obama’s handling of it
Strengthening the economy has been one of the public’s top priorities for the president and Congress going back even before the Great Recession. Here are key takeaways from our surveys on the state of public opinion about the economy.
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Before Obama’s last State of the Union, a look back at his early hopes
On the occasion of President Obama’s last State of the Union address, a look back at his first congressional address – his priorities, those of the public at the time and what’s happened in the years since.
Americans’ views of Fed depend on their politics
Republicans, especially conservative Republicans, were more likely to view the institution unfavorably.
America’s middle class is shrinking. So who’s leaving it?
in terms of income status, the past four decades have been very good to people working in financial and natural-resources industries or as executives and managers, but not so good for sales workers or people in blue-collar manufacturing jobs.
Where Republicans are united, divided on the economy
Here is a profile of Republicans’ views of the economy and economic policy, based on our surveys.
Deep Divisions in Turkey as Election Nears
Turks are split on whether their democratic system is working, and views of Erdogan are at their lowest since 2012. But they still prefer a democratic form of government over a strong leader to guide their country.
Corruption, Pollution, Inequality Are Top Concerns in China
Most people in China say they are better off financially than they were five years ago. At the same time, they’re worried about corrupt officials, air and water pollution, crime and economic inequality.
The Modi Bounce
Indians give high marks to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and his appeal is a driving force behind their positive mood. Indians approve of the way Modi is handling a variety of issues, such as access to clean toilets, unemployment and terrorism.
Health Care, Education Are Top Priorities in Sub-Saharan Africa
People in sub-Saharan Africa are optimistic about their future, but they also recognize that their countries face tremendous challenges — identifying health care and education as top concerns.
Declining Ratings for Mexico’s Peña Nieto
Three years after being elected president, Mexico’s Enrique Peña Nieto is increasingly unpopular, and his ratings on specific issues, such as education, corruption and fighting drugs and crime, have dropped sharply.
Global Publics: Economic Conditions Are Bad
Seven years after the beginning of the global financial crisis, our survey of 40 nations finds that publics in fewer than half the countries have a positive view of their economy.