U.S. Politics May. 23, 2013

New Background Check Bill Favored, Prospects in Doubt

Nearly three-quarters of Americans say that if the Senate background checks bill is reintroduced, Congress should pass it. But even gun control advocates are pessimistic about the bill’s chances.

Pew Research Center Feb. 13, 2013

State of the Union 2013 and Twitter

Pew Research Center Feb. 8, 2013

State of the Union 2013 and Public Opinion

VIDEO: Pew Research Center President Alan Murray talks with the Wall Street Journal’s Gerald Seib about President Obama’s State of the Union address and how it compares to the public’s priorities. President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union address to the nation on Tues., Feb. 12. A survey released ahead of his speech […]

Global Jan. 28, 2013

Commentary: Is Obama Out of Step with America on Foreign Policy?

President Barack Obama’s second inaugural address is now history. The limited internationalism highlighted in the speech lacks significant support from the American people, especially those who got him reelected.  

Pew Research Center Jan. 28, 2013

Immigration Rises on Washington’s Agenda, Not the Public’s

The issue of immigration reform is again a hot topic in Washington, with news of a bipartisan Senate compromise proposal to overhaul immigration laws. But immigration is only a middle-tier issue on the public’s agenda, and it has declined in importance since the end of the Bush administration. In the Pew Research Center’s annual policy […]

U.S. Politics Jan. 24, 2013

Deficit Reduction Rises on Public’s Agenda

As Barack Obama begins his second term, only the economy and jobs are viewed as more important priorities than deficit reduction for the coming year.

Dec. 20, 2012

Generation Gap Influences Views on Budget Tradeoffs

The record generation gap evident in the last two presidential elections is echoed by large differences by age in attitudes about the tradeoff between reducing the federal deficit and preserving entitlements for older adults.

U.S. Politics Sep. 24, 2012

For Voters, It’s Still the Economy

As Barack Obama and Mitt Romney prepare for their first debate on Oct. 3, the issues at the top of the voters’ agenda have changed little since 2008. Fully 87% of registered voters say that the economy will be very important to their vote, while 83% say jobs will be very important to their vote.

U.S. Politics Jan. 23, 2012

Public Priorities: Deficit Rising, Terrorism Slipping

As the State of the Union approaches, the economy continues to be the public’s top priority. Fully 86% say that strengthening the economy should be a top priority for the president and Congress this year, and 82% rate improving the job situation as a top priority.

U.S. Politics Dec. 20, 2011

In 2007, Mood Just Beginning to Sour, Democrats Better Regarded

As another presidential election year approaches, the political and economic landscape has changed in a number of ways since four years ago. The public’s mood was not very good, but still a lot better than it is today.