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 »

By Gary Langer

Aug 5, 2014 7:01am

“Own Rep” Rating Hits a Record Low, Marking the Public’s Political Discontent

Three months before the midterm elections a record number of Americans in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll disapprove of their own representative in Congress – a potentially chilling signal for incumbents that marks the depths of the public’s political discontent. Insult, moreover, follows injury:… Read More »

By Ryan Struyk

Jul 30, 2014 7:00am

Obama Rated Poorly on Mideast Conflict

Barack Obama falls short of majority approval for his handling of two of the world’s prime hotspots in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll, with an especially weak rating for his work on the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. Just 39 percent of Americans… Read More »

By Ryan Struyk

Jul 15, 2014 7:01am

More than Half Back Immigration Plan; Ratings Weak for Obama, GOP Leaders

More than half of Americans in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll support a White House plan to address an influx of Central American children crossing the border from Mexico, though the president himself receives poor ratings for handling the issue – as do his… Read More »