U.S. PoliticsJanuary 14, 2010

Obama Image Unscathed By Terrorism Controversy

The government’s ratings for reducing the threat of terrorism have slipped, and Americans are increasingly more concerned with safety than civil liberties. Domestically, few see an upside to health care reform, and the national mood remains grim. Yet President Obama’s political standing is little affected, and his personal image remains positive.

U.S. PoliticsDecember 17, 2009

Obama’s 2010 Challenge: Wake Up Liberals, Calm Down Independents

His approval has slipped, but is not much different from where Reagan stood at this point in his term. But the public’s conservative shift could be trouble for the president.

U.S. PoliticsDecember 16, 2009

At Year’s End, Nation Remains Divided

As has been the case since October, roughly half the country approves of President Obama’s job. The nation is also divided on Afghanistan and health care. One rare point of agreement, though, is that the economy remains poor.

ReligionDecember 8, 2009

Religion, Race – and Obama

A religious scholar discusses the president-elect’s place in the nation’s historical tension between religion and politics and examines the role of black churches as well as the controversy surrounding the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

GlobalDecember 3, 2009

Negative Views of U.S. Unchanged in Turkey

Though U.S. image remains dismal in Turkey (the lowest rating among 25 nations surveyed) there are signs of improvement in this strategically important country. Far more Turks trust the new American president and the nation is turning less negative toward U.S. foreign policy.

GlobalNovember 12, 2009

Obama Popular in Japan, China and South Korea

As President Obama embarks on his first trip to Asia he will be greeted by publics who are confident in his judgment regarding world affairs and who generally agree with his international policies.

U.S. PoliticsNovember 11, 2009

A Year Out, Widespread Anti-Incumbent Sentiment

The mood of America is glum. Most are dissatisfied with the state of the nation, economic conditions, personal finances and an increasing number say the war in Afghanistan is not going well. Still, a majority continues to approve of Obama’s job as president.

U.S. PoliticsOctober 9, 2009

Obama’s Nobel Prize

News that President Obama has won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize is another sign of his international appeal, as his election effectively turned around America’s negative image in many countries.

U.S. PoliticsSeptember 17, 2009

Obama’s Image: Less Glittering But Still Positive

While ratings of Obama’s personal traits have fallen since post-inauguration highs, impressions of the president remain overwhelmingly positive. Post speech, the public is narrowly split over health care proposals.

U.S. PoliticsSeptember 4, 2009

Obama’s Approval Ratings Slide: By the Numbers

In April, 62% of the public approved of Barack Obama’s performance as president, but in August, just four months later, 52% approved. Obama’s approval rating has declined across nearly all major demographic and political groups.