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 »

By Greg Holyk

Nov 4, 2014 7:00am

Beyond the Midterms: Who’d Be Good in 2016?

Looking beyond today’s midterms to the big event in 2016, half of registered voters in an ABC News/Washington Post poll say Hillary Clinton would make a good president, far more than say the same about some of her potential Republican rivals. Then again, they’re far… Read More »

By Ryan Struyk

Nov 2, 2014 12:01am

Obama Hits Career Lows in Favorability, Empathy

Favorable views of Barack Obama and the sense that he understands the problems of average Americans both have dropped to career lows in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, two more unwelcome results for the president’s party near the eve of the midterm elections. Just… Read More »

By Gary Langer

Oct 29, 2014 7:00am

Ebola Worries Ease a Bit Despite Preparedness Concerns

Ebola worries have eased slightly in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, despite a broad sense among Americans that their local hospitals are unprepared to deal with the virus – and continued preference for a more robust response by the federal government. After the difficulties… Read More »

By Gary Langer

Oct 28, 2014 7:00am

Economic, Political Discontent Make for a Midterm Double Punch

A double punch of economic and political dissatisfaction marks public attitudes in the closing week of the 2014 midterm campaign – a dynamic that reflects poorly on the president’s performance, bolstering his Republican opponents. The discontent in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll is palpable…. Read More »

By Gary Langer

Oct 26, 2014 7:00am

Record Disapproval for Dems in Congress; GOPers, Congress Overall are Even Lower

With congressional elections virtually upon us, public disapproval of the Democrats in Congress has hit a new high in ABC News/Washington Post polls dating back 20 years. And disapproval of their Republican counterparts – while not a record – is even higher. Congress overall, for… Read More »

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 »