Pew Research Center Dec. 14, 2010

Reagan’s Recession

In the depths of the 1981-1982 recession, Americans were far more displeased with their president and his policies than were their predecessors during the Great Depression, more so even than in today’s high-unemployment economy.

U.S. Politics Sep. 20, 2010

Taxed Enough Already?

Despite all the animosity aimed at Washington, one usual political punching bag is actually not seen as villainous as it once was: taxes. More say they pay about the right amount in taxes than say they pay more than their fair share.

U.S. Politics Jul. 1, 2010

Proud Patriots — and Harsh Critics of Government

Nearly all Americans consider themselves patriotic and voice pride in being American. But many of those who voice strong patriotism and pride in the country also are highly critical of the federal government and its political leaders.

Internet & Tech Apr. 27, 2010

How Americans Interact with Government Online

Fully 82% of internet users (61% of all Americans) looked for information or completed a transaction on a government website in the past year. Most government website visitors were happy with their experience, accomplishing everything or much of what they wanted to do.

U.S. Politics Apr. 18, 2010

Distrust, Discontent, Anger and Partisan Rancor

By almost every conceivable measure Americans are less positive and more critical of government these days.

U.S. Politics Apr. 18, 2010

Data: Public Trust in Government: 1958-2010

Data from Pew Research Center, National Election Studies, Gallup, ABC/Washington Post, CBS/New York Times, and CNN Polls.

Hispanic Apr. 1, 2010

Latinos and the 2010 Census: The Foreign Born Are More Positive

Foreign-born Latinos are more likely to say the census is good for the Hispanic community and are more knowledgeable about the process than native-born Latinos. But large majorities of both groups plan to participate.

U.S. Politics Mar. 22, 2010

Congress in a Wordle

Dysfunctional. Corrupt. Selfish. It’s not hard to guess what these words are describing. Examine a word cloud to see what the public thinks of Congress.

U.S. Politics Sep. 2, 2009

Congressional Favorability Falls to 24-Year Low; Dems Lose Midterm Advantage

Americans’ opinion of Congress is at a 24-year low, and as a result the party in power has lost its electoral edge. Voters split between the Democrats and GOP in a 2010 matchup, but Democrats are still favored on most issues.

U.S. Politics Aug. 19, 2009

Public Souring on Washington

More say the president and GOP leaders are not working together, as Obama’s approval inches lower and the Democratic Party’s favorability falls sharply. Opinion about the economy remains negative with personal financial assessments becoming more bearish.