By Andrew Kohut With two years to go, Barack Obama is widely seen as a failed president, responsible for his party’s losses in the mid-term Congressional elections. He still faces strong headwinds on both domestic policy and foreign affairs. The notion that the president can make a comeback with the American public may seem very […]
Twenty five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, East Germans are now as satisfied with life as West Germans.
The impact of the “Fall of the Wall” on American opinions about the Cold War were as profound as the event was dramatic.
How many Americans are likely to vote, and which voters in the survey are the likely voters? Important as these questions are, there is almost no consensus among the pollsters as to how to identify each of these groups.
The GOP’s relatively thin 47-44 lead in the current midterm polls strongly suggests that this is not a "tide" election.
Despite growing political polarization between the GOP and Democratic bases, there's a sizable "middle" that still matters in elections.
Since the Affordable Care Act was passed nearly four years ago, a plurality of Americans have disapproved of it. Since the onset of the Great Recession 6 years ago, more than 80% of Americans have rated economic conditions as only fair or poor. And since winning a second term, Barack Obama’s approval score has mostly been in the mid-40s or lower.
When asked about the future prospects of “children today,” Americans generally said that when today’s kids grow up, they would be worse off financially than their parents. While this is a pretty glum judgment about what lies ahead for today’s children, Americans’ optimism resurfaces when people are asked about their own kids.
Some Republicans see foreign policy as a winning campaign theme given President Obama's handling of recent international crises. But surveys suggest that may not be the case.
Polls show that Americans don’t want to get too involved in Ukraine’s problems with Russian encroachment, just as they have been disinclined to get drawn into other recent world trouble spots, including Syria, Egypt and Libya.