Fact Tank Oct. 7, 2013

Indonesians upbeat about Obama and the U.S., despite the president’s cancelled trips

President Obama has cancelled a trip to Indonesia for the third time because of troubles at home.

U.S. Politics Sep. 30, 2013

Public Anger at Government Rises

Overall, 26% of Americans say they are angry at the federal government, while 51% feel frustrated. Just 17% say they are basically content with the government. Anger is most palpable among conservative Republicans.

Fact Tank Sep. 10, 2013

Can presidential speeches change minds? The evidence suggest not

The presidency may well be a “bully pulpit,” in Theodore Roosevelt’s original sense, a position that commands attention. But as President Barack Obama prepares to address the nation Tuesday in support of taking military action against Syria, there’s little evidence (at least in recent times) that presidential speeches are very effective at moving the needle […]

U.S. Politics Sep. 9, 2013

Opposition to Syrian Airstrikes Surges

There is increased opposition to U.S. airstrikes in Syria, as many undecided Americans have turned against the idea. Obama’s job approval has slipped into negative territory — particularly on foreign policy — and most say Congress should have the final say on Syria.

U.S. Politics Sep. 3, 2013

A Popular Obama Heads to G20

By Andrew Kohut As President Obama heads to the G20 summit in St. Petersburg this week he remains the most popular world leader. Ordinary citizens in most countries, with some notable exceptions, say they have confidence in him to do the right thing in world affairs and many generally approve of his policies. But over […]

Fact Tank Aug. 15, 2013

The GOP’s new guard are the political young folk these days

The Republicans may have a new, younger guard to choose from in seeking the White House in 2016, but with ideological divisions in the party about policy, the GOP faces challenges in winning over younger voters.

Fact Tank Aug. 1, 2013

GOP views of Paul, Christie reflect fight over civil liberties

The favorability ratings of Rand Paul and Chris Christie vary among Republican voters when viewed through the filter of those who approve of the NSA’s surveillance program and those who do not.

Fact Tank Jul. 24, 2013

Obama returns focus to America’s struggling middle class

As President Obama prepares to make a “major” speech on the economy today, our past reports describe the challenges the middle class has faced in the past decades.

U.S. Politics Jul. 23, 2013

Many Say Economic Recovery Long Way Off

Four years after the recession officially ended, the economic recovery remains a long way off in the view of many Americans. And opinions of economic conditions have slipped back to levels from earlier this year.

Fact Tank Jul. 18, 2013

The price that politicians pay for scandals

Becoming caught up in a serious ethics scandal isn’t necessarily a career-ender for a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. It turns out only about a quarter exit the political stage through resignation or retirement.  The rest choose to seek re-election despite the blot on their records—and two-thirds of them win. This scandal scorecard comes […]