U.S. Politics Apr. 2, 2009

Partisan Gap in Obama Job Approval Widest in Modern Era

For all of his hopes about bipartisanship, Barack Obama has the most polarized early job approval ratings of any president in the past four decades.

U.S. Politics Apr. 1, 2009

No Decline in Belief That Obama is a Muslim

More than two months into Barack Obama’s presidency, as many people incorrectly identify him as a Muslim as did so during the 2008 campaign with white evangelicals and Republicans most likely to misidentify his religious affiliation.

U.S. Politics Mar. 31, 2009

Obama Unlikely to Find a Quick Fix for U.S. Global Image

As the president travels through Europe this week, issues arising from the global economic crisis and other world problems on his agenda seem likely to resonate with key criticisms of America’s leadership carried over from the Bush years.

Global Mar. 25, 2009

Optimism and Obstacles for Obama in Europe

Polls suggest Obama may have reason to expect a mostly — but not entirely — warm reception on his coming overseas trip with stops in Britain, France, Germany, Czech Republic and Turkey.

U.S. Politics Mar. 16, 2009

Obama’s Approval Rating Slips Amid Division Over Economic Proposals

Most people think the new president is doing as much as he can to fix the economy, but the public expresses mixed views of his many major proposals to fix the economy. The public overwhelmingly supports Obama’s plan to remove most combat troops from Iraq by the end of August but a much narrower majority supports his planned troop buildup in Afghanistan.

Pew Research Center Feb. 27, 2009

Truth over Happiness

Will Americans listen only to Happy Talk from a president? Here’s what the record shows.

U.S. Politics Feb. 9, 2009

Support for Stimulus Plan Slips, But Obama Rides High

Although support for the economic stimulus package has weakened over the last month, President Obama’s personal image is extremely strong with fully 92% of the public rating him a good communicator. And the belief that Obama represents a break from politics as usual is widespread, despite the highly partisan reaction to his economic stimulus proposal.

Pew Research Center Feb. 9, 2009

From Candidate to President

One-word descriptions of President Obama have changed dramatically since he was a candidate.

Global Jan. 22, 2009

As Obama Takes Office, Global Press Turns to Regional Concerns

The celebratory tone that characterized international media coverage of Barack Obama’s historic election victory was again pervasive in many of the stories about his inauguration. However, many newspapers noted the more somber tone of Obama’s speech, and were themselves relatively somber about the enormous challenges and inflated expectations facing the new president.

U.S. Politics Jan. 15, 2009

Strong Confidence in Obama — Country Seen as Less Politically Divided

Public confidence in Barack Obama to deal with the nation’s most pressing problems is high and many Americans not only see the president-elect as a problem-solver, but as a “uniter” as well.