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 »

By Gary Langer

Jun 24, 2014 7:00am

Poll Finds Criticism of Obama on Iraq Despite Agreement on Ground Forces

More Americans disapprove than approve of Barack Obama’s response to the situation in Iraq, even while the public broadly agrees with his decision not to send U.S. combat forces there. The latest ABC News/Washington Post poll marks the difficulties Obama faces in crafting a popular… Read More »

By Gary Langer

Jun 19, 2014 3:18pm

Obama, Cheney and the War in Iraq

When President Obama says, as he did today, “American combat troops are not going to be fighting in Iraq again,” he’s reflecting not only his own policy preferences but also a steady theme in U.S. public opinion. And as former Vice President Dick Cheney and… Read More »

By Gary Langer

Jun 12, 2014 11:57am

From the Iraq Polling Archive

Updated: 6/19/14 Much more recent public opinion data from Iraq have just come out from D3 Systems. They underscore the points we made in this post last week – sectarian divisions, deep Sunni Arab disaffection. In polling done there just last month: Seventy percent of… Read More »

By Greg Holyk

Jun 11, 2014 7:00am

Most Favor Charges if Bergdahl Deserted

More Americans disapprove than approve of the prisoner exchange that freed Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from Taliban captivity – especially if it’s established that he deserted his post. And if he did desert, nearly three-quarters say Bergdahl should be charged with a crime. Fifty-one percent in… Read More »

By Gary Langer

Jun 8, 2014 12:01am

Clinton Shows Strengths for 2016 – Yet With Some Chinks in Her Armor

Hillary Clinton is strongly positioned to joust for the presidency, scoring highly on personal attributes, experience and early vote preferences alike. But she falls well short of universal appeal – and even her supporters want to see a contest for the Democratic nomination. Back in… Read More »

By Christopher Weiss

Jun 6, 2014 12:00pm

Will Hispanics Give U.S. Soccer a Kick?

The nation’s growing Hispanic population may do more than change political and cultural equations in this country. It may give a kick to U.S. soccer, as well. On the eve of the World Cup, 28 percent of Americans in this ABC News/Washington Post poll say… Read More »