U.S. PoliticsOctober 6, 2009

Public Supports Military Action Against Iran to Prevent Nuclear Weapons

About six-in-ten Americans feel it is more important to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons with military force than to avoid conflict. However, most also approve of direct negotiations and tougher economic sanctions. The efficacy of diplomacy is questioned, though.

U.S. PoliticsJune 18, 2009

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

Pew Research CenterApril 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. PoliticsFebruary 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. PoliticsSeptember 24, 2008

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.

Pew Research CenterFebruary 25, 2008

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.

Media & NewsDecember 6, 2007

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.

U.S. PoliticsNovember 27, 2007

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.

Pew Research CenterNovember 19, 2007

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.

Pew Research CenterMay 10, 2007

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.