By Ryan Struyk

Oct 21, 2014 7:01am

More Prefer Public Transit to Road Building

Americans in an ABC News/Washington Post poll favor expanded public transportation options over road building in government efforts to reduce traffic congestion. But where they live makes a difference. Overall, 54 percent prefer focusing on public transit, such as trains and buses, while four in… Read More »

By Ryan Struyk

Oct 19, 2014 12:01am

Romney Leads Scattered 2016 GOP Field, Clinton Still Dominates the Democratic Race

Hillary Clinton continues to hold a commanding lead in the potential Democratic field for president in 2016, while the GOP frontrunner in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll is a familiar figure – but one not favored by eight in 10 potential Republican voters. That… Read More »

By Ryan Struyk

Oct 17, 2014 7:01am

Most Americans Back Supreme Court on Gay Marriage — Including in the Affected States

Most Americans in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll support the recent U.S. Supreme Court action allowing gay marriages to go forward in several states – including a bare majority in the 11 states in which such marriages have begun in the past week and… Read More »

By Gary Langer

Oct 16, 2014 7:00am

What’s Bugging Voters? Plenty

What’s driving vote preferences in the 2014 midterm elections? Plenty. That’s not always the case. There are many elections in which a single issue has dominated. The economy’s the prime example; a war or other crisis is another. This year, it’s a bunch of stuff…. Read More »

By Ryan Struyk

Oct 2, 2014 12:57pm

Midterm Elections: In Search of a Theme

Just one month before the November elections, the fate of the U.S. Senate isn’t the only thing that’s up in the air – so is the theme of this year’s midterms. Pundits and politicians have been searching for a unifying idea for months. First it… Read More »

By Gary Langer

Oct 1, 2014 7:00am

Broad Backing for Air Strikes on ISIS; Less for U.S. Forces as Advisers in Iraq

Seven in 10 Americans support air strikes against Islamic State insurgents in Syria, but far fewer back sending U.S. forces to Iraq as advisers – evidence in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll of the political risks of returning U.S. soldiers to that volatile region…. Read More »

By Ryan Struyk

Sep 11, 2014 5:08pm

Support for Airstrikes against ISIS: Following the Trend Lines

What a difference events can make. U.S. airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq remained largely divisive for most of the summer. But our ABC News/Washington Post poll earlier this week found support rising from 54 to 71 percent in just three weeks. The shift, although in line with… Read More »

By Gary Langer

Sep 9, 2014 12:01am

Obama Hits a New Low for Leadership, With Criticism on ISIS & Immigration Alike

Barack Obama’s rating for strong leadership has dropped to a new low in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, hammered by criticism of his work on international crises and a stalled domestic agenda alike. With the midterm elections looming, Americans by a 10-point margin, 52-42… Read More »

By Greg Holyk

Aug 20, 2014 7:00am

Support for U.S. Air Strikes in Iraq Jumps

After splitting evenly two months ago, a majority of Americans now support U.S. air strikes in Iraq – but without additional credit to Barack Obama for ordering them. Support for the military action against Sunni insurgents in Iraq is up by 9 percentage points since… Read More »

By Gary Langer

Aug 5, 2014 9:52am

Public Opinion and Nixon’s Downfall

Forty years after Richard Nixon resigned the presidency, observers today are re-examining how the White House, the courts and the Congress handled that crisis. An additional element worth considering is the weight of public opinion. In January 1973, boosted by the Vietnam cease-fire, Nixon held a… Read More »