Obama’s High Ratings Hold Despite Some Policy Concerns
A solid majority of Americans continue to approve of Barack Obama’s job performance, although they express mixed views of several of his policies. Only about one-in-five Americans (21%) say the U.S. is less safe from terrorism under the Obama administration than under the Bush administration
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.
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.
Support for Global Engagement Declines
The public’s top long-term foreign policy goals are decidedly America-centric. Defending the country against terrorism, protecting U.S. jobs, and weaning the country from imported energy all draw extensive bipartisan support.
Govs Press For More Money on Real ID, Medicaid
Meeting in Washington, the states’ chief executives made clear their unhappiness with federal standards for driver’s licenses and costly new Medicaid rules.
Third Quarter News: Terrorism, Tight Credit, and Tragedies
The threat of terrorism, a real estate recession, and man-made disasters all emerged as major stories in the U.S. news media in the third quarter of 2007, according to a new study of press coverage by the Project for Excellence in Journalism.
Public Sees Progress in War Effort
For the first time in a long time, nearly half of Americans express positive opinions about the situation in Iraq and judgments about the overall situation in Iraq have been improving steadily since the summer.
States Clammed Up After 9/11
The 2001 terrorist attacks led every state but South Dakota to restrict access to all sorts of information deemed critical to homeland security.
Have National Guard Deployments in Iraq Eroded States’ Disaster Response Capability?
The tornado that tore apart Greensburg, Kan., dramatized what could happen when a state’s equipment is thousands of miles away in Iraq. But it now seems that Kansas’ problems in rushing aid to the disaster scene weren’t as acute as the governor first implied.
Iraq Looms Large in a Nationalized Election
A new poll finds dismay about U.S. military action in Iraq at its highest level since the war began and many voters say the issue will be primary in their ballot decisions come November. Resignation of Rep. Foley has little impact so far.