U.S. Politics Aug. 11, 2009

Opinion of State Governments Drops With the Economy, Budget Gaps

The falloff in favorable views has been greater in states with the largest budget gaps. Also, the new administration has shifted partisan views of the federal government dramatically.

U.S. Politics May. 14, 2008

The Federal Government’s Favorables Fall Even Farther

Americans continue to hold their local and state governments in fairly high esteem, but positive views of the federal government are at their lowest point in at least a decade.

U.S. Politics Aug. 2, 2007

A Summer of Discontent with Washington

All three branches of the federal government are under fire from the American public. Just 29% approve of President Bush’s job performance while the proportion with a favorable view of Congress has declined 12 percentage points since January. Even favorable opinions of the U.S. Supreme Court have fallen, from 72% in January to 57% currently.

Pew Research Center Sep. 5, 2006

How Often Do Members of Congress Tell the Truth?

Not often, two political scientists found. Plus, economists say they know why tall people earn more.

Pew Research Center Aug. 8, 2006

A Do-Nothing Congress That’s Done Too Much of the Wrong Thing

Approval ratings and reelect numbers are way down.

U.S. Politics Apr. 25, 2006

Congress Faces Record Public Discontent

Belief that this Congress has accomplished less than its predecessors is higher than at any point in the past nine years; Republican leaders take the blame.

U.S. Politics Mar. 7, 2006

Independents Sour on Incumbents

Allegations of corruption are fueling political discontent among independents, who are unhappy with Congress in general and their own representatives in particular.