By Gary Langer

Dec 27, 2014 7:01am

In Police/Community Controversies, Vast Majorities Back Special Prosecutors, Body Cams

Large majorities across racial and political groups agree on two proposals to address police-community relations in the United States: The use of an outside prosecutor when police kill an unarmed civilian, and requiring all patrol officers to wear body cameras when on duty. Eighty-seven percent… Read More »

By Greg Holyk

Dec 23, 2014 6:58am

Poll Finds Broad Public Support for Open Relations with Cuba

Broad majorities of Americans in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll support establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba, as well as ending the United States’ longstanding trade embargo and restrictions on travel to and from the Caribbean nation. Sixty-four percent favor Cuban-American diplomatic relations, similar to… Read More »

By Gary Langer

Dec 21, 2014 7:01am

Clinton: Off Her Peak, but Still Towering

Hillary Clinton is off her peak but still overwhelmingly strong in support for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, while Elizabeth Warren has inched up in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll. Clinton’s backed by 61 percent of Democratic and Democratic leaning independents who are… Read More »

By Julie Phelan

Dec 17, 2014 7:00am

Obama and Immigration: What He Did vs. How He Did it

A slim majority of Americans support the immigration program created by Barack Obama’s executive action – but divisions on whether he exceeded his authority impede most of the political capital he might have gained. Overall, 52 percent support Obama’s initiative, with 44 percent opposed. But… Read More »

By Gary Langer

Dec 17, 2014 7:00am

Democratic Allegiance Hits a Low; Can the GOP Seize the Opportunity?

The number of Americans identifying themselves as Democrats has dropped to a record low in nearly 34 years of ABC News/Washington Post polls, marking the party’s challenges after its poor showing in the 2014 midterm elections. The Republican Party, by contrast, has gained sharply in… Read More »

By Gary Langer

Dec 16, 2014 2:00pm

There’s Work Ahead if Bush Does Run; He’s at 14% in a Fragmented GOP Field

Jeb Bush has his work cut out for him, a new ABC News/Washington Post poll finds – but no more than any of the other potential Republican presidential hopefuls for 2016. Fourteen percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents who are registered to vote support Bush… Read More »

By Gary Langer

Dec 16, 2014 7:00am

Six in 10 See CIA Actions as Justified As Many Question Committee Report

Six in 10 Americans say the CIA’s treatment of suspected terrorists was justified, more than half think it produced important, unique intelligence – and 52 percent say it was wrong for the Senate Intelligence Committee to issue a report suggesting otherwise. Those results in a… Read More »

By Christopher Weiss

Dec 2, 2014 12:01am

Racial, Generational & Political Divisions Mark Americans’ Attitudes on Ferguson

Americans divide evenly on last week’s grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri – with vast racial, political and generational gaps defining public attitudes on the volatile issue. Overall, 48 percent in this ABC News/Washington Post poll approve and 45 percent disapprove of the grand jury’s… Read More »

By Gary Langer

Nov 6, 2014 3:03pm

A Test of Presidential Timber

Four potential Republican candidates for president ran into a nasty case of mode effects Tuesday. The results, for them, were not pretty. The term “mode effects” refers to differing results when surveys are done different ways. In this case it’s the difference between a printed… Read More »

By Gary Langer

Nov 5, 2014 3:57am

A Fresh Blast of Discontent Reshapes the Political Order

A fresh blast of public discontent reshaped American politics yet again in the 2014 midterm elections, handing the Republican Party control of the Senate and its largest house majority in 86 years. Its source: Seemingly unending economic woe – and the political discord it fuels…. Read More »