Putting post-debate ‘flash polls’ into perspective
In the aftermath of presidential debates, there is intense interest in gauging “who won.” How can we know the answer to that question?
Presidential approval a stronger indicator of voter choice than satisfaction with the country
When it comes to who people plan to vote for, presidential approval is a much stronger indicator than satisfaction with the state of the nation.
Millennials give Obama a boost as his job rating rebounds
About six-in-ten (62%) Millennials approve of the job Obama is doing. By comparison, half of Gen Xers, 43% of Boomers and just 37% of Silents offer positive ratings of the president’s job performance.
Budget Deficit Slips as Public Priority
The goal of reducing the budget deficit, which the public once ranked among the most pressing objectives for the Obama administration, has continued its recent decline in perceived importance.
Presidential job approval ratings from Ike to Obama
Perhaps no measure better captures the public’s sentiment toward the president than job approval. It dates back to the earliest days of public opinion polling, when George Gallup asked about Franklin D. Roosevelt starting in the 1930s.
5 facts about Democrats
Here’s what our recent survey found about today’s Democrats, who remain loyal to Obama and in recent years have increasingly considered themselves liberal.
Negative Views of New Congress Cross Party Lines
The new Republican-led Congress is drawing harsh reviews from the public. Just 23% of Americans say congressional Republicans are keeping the promises they made during last fall’s campaign.
Campaign 2016: Modest Interest, High Stakes
The 2016 presidential campaign is starting out with lower voter interest than at the same point in 2008. But there are already stark differences in how possible Democratic and Republican fields are shaping up.
What’s in a Name? A Look at 2016’s Legacy Front-Runners
By Andrew Kohut, Founding Director, Pew Research Center Special to The Washington Post. The 2016 presidential campaign, now in full swing in the media and the political class, starts with a fundamental question: How can American voters, who are so dissatisfied with Washington politics and the state of the nation, name the wife of one […]
Obama, in a Word
As public perceptions of Barack Obama have changed, so too have the words used to describe him. While familiar words like “good” and “incompetent” are used most frequently (as was the case in 2013) new words like “dictator” and “impressive” also have emerged.