By Gary Langer

Jan 22, 2015 6:58am

History’s a Positive for Clinton; Not So for Bush or Romney

Hillary Clinton’s potential place in history and her husband’s tenure in the White House boost her presidential prospects, while Jeb Bush’s political legacy and Mitt Romney’s 2012 run for the office are negatives, a new ABC News/Washington Post poll finds. Clinton leads both in hypothetical… Read More »

By Gary Langer

Jan 20, 2015 6:28pm

The State of the Union, 2015: Not Great, but Getting Better

The state of the nation? Not great – but it’s sure been worse. That summarizes public attitudes as Barack Obama prepares to deliver his penultimate State of the Union address. There are grace notes, largely based on improving views of the economy. But deep concerns… Read More »

By Gary Langer

Jan 19, 2015 6:58am

An Improving Economy Gives Obama His Game Back

An improving economy is putting Barack Obama back in the game, boosting the president and his party in a striking turnaround from their devastating midterm losses. Americans approve of the president’s job performance by 50-44 percent in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, a remarkable… Read More »

By Gary Langer

Jan 18, 2015 8:58am

Worries About Terrorism Rise Post-Paris

Americans’ worries about terrorism have increased modestly in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Paris, as has public priority on investigating terrorism even at the expense of personal privacy. Barack Obama, for his part, is doing slightly better in trust to handle the issue…. Read More »

By Gary Langer

Jan 18, 2015 8:58am

Huckabee vs. Clinton: Reconsider the Day Job?

It’s almost enough to reconsider quitting the day job: Mike Huckabee’s got a steep hill to climb should he face off against Hillary Clinton for the presidency in 2016. Tested in a head-to-head matchup among registered voters, Huckabee gets 39 percent support in a new… Read More »

By Gary Langer

Jan 4, 2015 7:00am

At the End of Afghanistan War, Most Doubt its Value

Fewer than four in 10 Americans say the war in Afghanistan was worth fighting – up from its low but still a broadly negative judgment on the United States’ longest conflict. Asked to consider its costs vs. benefits, 38 percent in this ABC News/Washington Post… Read More »

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 »