Bush Builds on States’ Agenda
It’s too soon to know how far the new Congress might go in accepting the president’s State of the Union proposals on health care, energy, immigration and education, but states aren’t waiting to find out – they’ve taken the lead on these domestic issues.
Broad Support for Political Compromise in Washington
A large majority of the American public thinks the country is more politically polarized than in the past, and an even greater number expresses a strong desire for political compromise. Fully three-quarters say they like political leaders who are willing to compromise, compared with 21% who see this as a negative trait.
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.
Democrats Hold Solid Lead; Strong Anti-Incumbent, Anti-Bush Mood
Voters view the coming elections through the prism of national issues and concerns
A Do-Nothing Congress That’s Done Too Much of the Wrong Thing
Approval ratings and reelect numbers are way down.
The Heat Over Global Warming
New findings from a Pew Research Center for the People & the Press poll show that public attitudes about global warming are deeply divided along partisan lines. But even among Democrats, global warming ranks low relative to other issue priorities.
No Clamor for Amendment From Flag-Waving Public
About two-in-three Americans fly the flag. Nearly three-in-four say flag burning should be illegal. Roughly half say it should be unconstitutional. But despite these protective instincts, there’s been no public clamor demanding that Congress take steps to defend Old Glory against burners and desecrators.
’Enthusiasm Gap’ Favors Democrats This Year
A new poll finds Democrats more eager to vote, but also less happy with their party.
Do Deficits Matter Anymore? Apparently Not to the Public
The federal debt has escalated in recent years but runaway deficits no longer top the political agenda as in the 1990s, according to a new poll analysis.
Youth and War
Neither hawks nor doves, America’s youth are more willing than their elders to give both war and peace a chance. A new poll analysis finds that generational differences on the use of force confound the stereotypes.