Pew Research Center Feb. 9, 2009

From Candidate to President

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

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.

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.

Hispanic Jan. 15, 2009

Hispanics and the New Administration: Immigration Slips as a Priority

Latinos, who heavily supported Obama in the November election, rate such issues as the economy, health care and education as the more important issues facing the country. Hispanics were more likely to be first time voters than the general public.

U.S. Politics Jan. 15, 2009

Obama Cabinet Appointees Highly Visible

Much of the increased awareness of the president-elect’s high-level personnel selections has to do with his choice of Hillary Clinton to serve as secretary of state.

Pew Research Center Jan. 5, 2009

States of the Union Before and After Bush

What a difference eight years can make — or not. As shown in a series of tables, some things have changed a great deal since George W. Bush was elected president in 2000, but other things, most notably certain American beliefs and attitudes, have remained remarkably constant.

Internet & Tech Dec. 30, 2008

From BarackObama.com to Change.gov

A new survey finds that voters expect that the level of public engagement they experienced with Obama during the campaign, much of it occurring online, will continue into the early period of his new administration.

Global Dec. 18, 2008

Global Public Opinion in the Bush Years (2001-2008)

President-elect Obama has indicated that he will focus on international cooperation in addressing global problems, but he will have to navigate a world that has grown highly critical of the United States.

U.S. Politics Dec. 18, 2008

Bush and Public Opinion

Just 11% say Bush will be remembered as an outstanding or above average president — by far the lowest positive end-of-term rating for any of the past four presidents. Yet Bush’s impact on public opinion over the past eight years is seen in ways that go well beyond his personal unpopularity.