The Supreme Court began its new term today, after seeing its favorability ratings drop following rulings during its last term.
President Obama’s decision to cancel his trip to the Pacific Rim economic summit because of the political battle at home over the budget and debt ceiling comes at a time when publics in the region have mixed views about the U.S. and China.
A majority of Americans without health insurance say they will obtain it in the next six months, but only 26% say it is because of the health law’s requirement.
These findings drew broad public interest.
Almost half of Americans say Congress is gridlocked because of the wide partisan gap; more than a third say it’s because of a few members who won’t compromise.
A majority of Americans say the news media’s coverage of the law has been focused on politics and controversies, rather than how it will impact people.
The share of Tea Party Republicans who say the economic effect of a government shutdown will be major is 21 points lower than others in the GOP.
A median of 56% in seven Middle Eastern and North African countries had an unfavorable view of the United Nations.
About six-in-ten Americans have yet to see much impact from the health care law.
Nearly seven-in-ten Americans say large banks and financial institutions have benefited the most from post-recession government policies.