By Gary Langer

Jan 26, 2014 12:01am

Politics 2014: Low Confidence in Leaders and a Dead Heat in Midterm Preferences

Barack Obama starts his sixth year in office with the public divided about his overall leadership, dissatisfied with his economic stewardship and still steaming about his rollout of the health care law – all factors threatening not only the president but his party in the… Read More »

By Gary Langer

Jan 20, 2014 7:00am

From Getting a Raise to Spending Less, Many Americans Say: Bring on the Advice

When it comes to financial advice, working Americans, above all, would appreciate this: tips on how to talk to the boss. Among those who are employed, getting a pay raise is the single most desired piece of financial advice out of a baker’s dozen tested… Read More »

By Gary Langer

Jan 15, 2014 7:00am

Dems, GOP in Congress: Unlucky in Love

Misery loves company as the top political parties sally forth into the 2014 midterm election year: Merely a third of Americans approve of the way the Democrats in Congress are handling their jobs – and even fewer, just a quarter, approve of their Republican counterparts…. Read More »

Dec 19, 2013 2:00pm

Most Want Some Troops in Afghanistan Despite Strong Criticism of the War

Two-thirds of Americans say the war in Afghanistan hasn’t been worth fighting, but 55 percent nonetheless favor keeping some U.S. forces there for training and counterinsurgency purposes, a new ABC News/Washington Post poll has found. Public support for a smaller but continued U.S. military presence… Read More »

By Christopher Weiss

Dec 18, 2013 12:01am

Most Back Minimum Wage Hike & Policies to Address the Wealth Gap

Two-thirds of Americans in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll support increasing the minimum wage, rejecting arguments that doing so could encourage layoffs and reflecting majority sentiment that current federal government policies favor the wealthy. Those who support a higher minimum wage even have a… Read More »

By Gary Langer

Dec 17, 2013 12:01am

A Drop in Opposition to Obamacare Helps Stabilize a Struggling Presidency

Public opposition to the new health care law has eased in the past month, enough to help level off Barack Obama’s falling popularity – but not to turn it around. Fifty-five percent of Americans in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll disapprove of the president’s… Read More »

By Gary Langer

Dec 11, 2013 7:00am

Pope Francis, Time Magazine’s Person of the Year, Is Vastly Popular Among Catholics

On the day he was named Time magazine’s Person of the Year, a new ABC News/Washington Post poll marks Pope Francis’ almost unanimous popularity among American Catholics – as well as the continued recovery in their views of the church itself since the worst of its… Read More »

By Gary Langer

Nov 21, 2013 12:01am

Many View NSA Intrusions as Unjustified But More See Damage from Snowden Leaks

Public belief that the National Security Agency unnecessarily intrudes on privacy rights has grown, but so has the sense that Edward Snowden damaged U.S. security by disclosing the spy agency’s activities – with the latter a more powerful factor in views on charging him with… Read More »

By Greg Holyk

Nov 19, 2013 5:00pm

Fifty Years Later, Many Still See Broader JFK Plot, Cover-up

Fifty years later, majorities of Americans still believe that John F. Kennedy’s assassination was part of a broader plot and that a government cover-up tried to keep the public from learning the truth. But both suspicions have subsided from their peaks. Sixty-two percent in the… Read More »

Nov 19, 2013 5:00pm

Most Support a Deal with Iran; Few Are Confident It’ll Work

Nearly two-thirds of Americans support an agreement to ease economic sanctions on Iran in exchange for restrictions on its nuclear program. But many fewer – barely more than a third – are confident that such a deal would prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. Sixty-four… Read More »