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 »

Mar 7, 2014 12:01am

Two-Thirds Back Keystone Pipeline; More See Jobs than Environmental Risk

Support for the Keystone XL pipeline reached a two-year high in the latest ABC News/ Washington Post poll, with the public overwhelmingly saying it would create jobs, while dividing on its potential environmental impact. Two-thirds favor government approval of the 1,700-mile, $5.4 billion pipeline to… Read More »

By Greg Holyk

Mar 6, 2014 12:01am

Two-Thirds Would Consider Clinton – Ahead, for Now, of GOP Prospects

Two-thirds of Americans in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll say they’d consider supporting Hillary Clinton for president, far more than the current take-a-look numbers for a range of potential Republican candidates – some of them less popular, others just less known. As potential Republican… Read More »

By Gary Langer

Mar 5, 2014 12:01am

Record Support for Gay Marriage; Half See it as a Constitutional Right

Record numbers of Americans in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll support gay marriage, say adoption by gay couples should be legal and see gays and lesbians as good parents. Most oppose a right to refuse service to gays, including on religious grounds. And, by… Read More »

By Gary Langer

Mar 4, 2014 12:01am

Economy Hits Dems, GOP “Out of Touch” – Pushing Anti-Incumbency to a 25-Year High

Anti-incumbent sentiment has reached a 25-year high in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, with economic frustration damaging Barack Obama’s Democrats while the Republican Party labors under a broad view that it’s out of touch with the concerns of most Americans. The Republicans run evenly… Read More »

By Gary Langer

Feb 12, 2014 7:00am

Figure Skating Glides to Gold in Winter Games Popularity

Figure skating glides to Olympic gold in U.S. popularity, with downhill skiing slaloming into silver and ice hockey cross-checking its way to the bronze. Unless you’re a guy, in which case the skate’s on the other foot. Skating, skiing and hockey go 1-2-3 among all… Read More »