U.S. Politics Jan. 20, 2014

Obama’s NSA Speech Has Little Impact on Skeptical Public

Just half have heard about Obama’s changes and most who did say they won’t increase privacy. Overall approval of the surveillance program has declined 10 points since July, from 50% to 40%.

Fact Tank Dec. 16, 2013

Liberal Democrats still approve of Obama, but many don’t feel strongly

President Obama continues to have sky-high job ratings among liberal Democrats — 90% approve and just 8% disapprove in Pew Research’s poll earlier this month. Their approval of his job performance is twice the rating given by the public as a whole (which rose slightly to 45% after steadily declining over six months). But many […]

U.S. Politics Dec. 10, 2013

Obama’s Job Rating Edges Up as Difficult Year Nears End

Barack Obama’s steadily declining job rating has modestly improved. And while the 2010 health care law remains unpopular, the public has more confidence in Obama on health care policy than in Republican leaders in Congress.

U.S. Politics Nov. 8, 2013

Obama’s Second-Term Slide Continues

Obama’s second-term job ratings have followed a similar trajectory as those of his predecessor, George W. Bush. In contrast, the prior two-term presidents – Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan – enjoyed positive ratings in the year after their reelections.

U.S. Politics Sep. 9, 2013

Opposition to Syrian Airstrikes Surges

There is increased opposition to U.S. airstrikes in Syria, as many undecided Americans have turned against the idea. Obama’s job approval has slipped into negative territory — particularly on foreign policy — and most say Congress should have the final say on Syria.

U.S. Politics Sep. 3, 2013

A Popular Obama Heads to G20

By Andrew Kohut As President Obama heads to the G20 summit in St. Petersburg this week he remains the most popular world leader. Ordinary citizens in most countries, with some notable exceptions, say they have confidence in him to do the right thing in world affairs and many generally approve of his policies. But over […]

U.S. Politics Jul. 23, 2013

Many Say Economic Recovery Long Way Off

Four years after the recession officially ended, the economic recovery remains a long way off in the view of many Americans. And opinions of economic conditions have slipped back to levels from earlier this year.

Fact Tank Jul. 12, 2013

Gerald Ford at 100: The ’average’ president

He was the only U.S. president never to have been elected president or vice president. Gerald Ford, who would have turned 100 this Sunday, is also remembered by the public as a leader who was neither the best nor worst—just very average.

U.S. Politics Jun. 19, 2013

Obama Job Approval Holds Steady

Barack Obama’s job approval rating has changed little in the past month, despite a series of recent controversies. In part, Obama is benefiting from improving views of the economy – the share rating the nation’s economy as excellent or good has doubled over the past year.

U.S. Politics May. 8, 2013

Obama Has Approval Advantage, But GOP Runs Even on Issues

Despite GOP leaders’ poor job ratings, the Republican Party runs about even with the Democrats on leading issues such as the economy, immigration and gun control.