By Gary Langer

May 21, 2014 1:01pm

In Views of Obamacare, Perceived National Impact Trumps Self-Interest

It’s easy to think that people are “in it for themselves” as the saying goes, with their policy and political preferences motivated by narrow self-interest. But decades-old research shows that this often is not the case – and a new analysis we’ve conducted of attitudes… Read More »

By Gary Langer

May 1, 2014 12:55pm

In Bad Data for Democrats, Better News for One

Our latest ABC News/Washington Post poll makes it an unhappy week for Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats, save one: Hillary Clinton. Clinton not only leads Jeb Bush in a two-way match-up for the presidency in 2016, she does so with a support profile that… Read More »

By Greg Holyk

Apr 30, 2014 7:00am

Running for President? A Known Name Can Help

When it comes to running for president – at least at this early stage – a famous name sure helps. So it is in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, in which some of the most recognizable potential candidates – Rand Paul, Mike Huckabee, Jeb… Read More »

Apr 29, 2014 1:21pm

The Election and the Economy

The president’s at a new low in approval, most registered voters prefer a Republican Congress to rein in his policies and there’s an even split in House vote preferences. But another result in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll also is notable: The role of… Read More »

By Gary Langer

Apr 29, 2014 12:01am

Public Preference for a GOP Congress Marks a New Low in Obama’s Approval

Weary of waiting for an economic recovery worth its name, a frustrated American public has sent Barack Obama’s job approval rating to a career low – with a majority in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll favoring a Republican Congress to act as a check… Read More »

By Gary Langer

Apr 15, 2014 12:01am

Broad Public Approval for Feds on Boston Bombing Investigation

Two-thirds of Americans approve of the federal government’s handling of its investigation into the Boston Marathon bombing and nearly six in 10 hold a favorable view more generally of the government’s efforts to try to prevent terrorist attacks in the United States. Those results in… Read More »

By Gary Langer

Apr 8, 2014 11:32am

Growing Doubts About Big Data

There’s quite a kerfuffle going on in the world of big data, with a range of prominent articles in the past month suggesting it’s not the analytical holy grail it’s been made out to be. Taken together, these pieces suggest the start of a serious… Read More »

By Gary Langer

Mar 31, 2014 3:07pm

At 49 Percent Support, Obamacare Hits a High

Public support for the Affordable Care Act narrowly notched a new high in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, while criticism of Barack Obama’s handling of the law’s rollout – although still substantial – has eased from its peak last fall. Views hardly are enthusiastic:… Read More »

By Christopher Weiss

Mar 23, 2014 12:01am

Public Divides on College Players Union But Most Nix Salaries for Student Athletes

With March Madness focusing fans on college sports, a new ABC News/Washington Post poll finds Americans split evenly on whether college athletes should be allowed to unionize. But most, regardless, say students shouldn’t be paid to play. The public divides by 47-47 percent on whether… Read More »

By Greg Holyk

Mar 11, 2014 7:00am

Majority Backs Sanctions on Russia Only With European Allies on Board

Most Americans in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll support economic sanctions against Russia for its actions in Ukraine – but only if the United States’ European allies participate. The result marks a general preference in U.S. attitudes for allied rather than unilateral action on… Read More »