A map from the Washington Post shows the states where the expiration of unemployment benefits on Saturday will have the most impact.
Majorities of Americans say it is more important to maintain spending on Social Security and Medicare and programs to help the poor than to take steps to reduce the budget deficit.
Barack Obama’s steadily declining job rating has modestly improved. And while the 2010 health care law remains unpopular, the public has more confidence in Obama on health care policy than in Republican leaders in Congress.
About half of Americans think the government hasn't gone far enough in regulating financial institutions following the 2007-08 financial crisis.
Public awareness of income inequality in the U.S. appears to be out of touch with existing income gaps in contrast to most other countries.
The public closely tracked the resolution to the government shutdown and increase in the debt limit, with nearly half (49%) saying they followed news very closely and 30% saying they followed news somewhat closely.
Public awareness of the new health insurance exchanges has increased significantly over the past month, but the public’s overall impression is the launch is not going well.
More than half of House Republicans who wanted to use the appropriations process to de-fund the Affordable Care Act are from the South.
Public concern over breaching the debt limit deadline has risen only slightly from a week ago. Among those who see no dire economic consequences from missing the Thursday deadline, most say there is no need to raise the debt limit at all.
44% of Americans say that Republican leaders should agree to a budget deal without cuts or delays to the 2010 health care law, while 42% say it is Obama who should agree to cuts or delays in the law.