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 »

By Gary Langer

Nov 19, 2013 12:00pm

Most Favor Independent Prosecutors in Military Sexual Assault Cases

Six in 10 Americans support letting independent prosecutors decide whether to place charges in sexual assault cases in the U.S. military, removing such decisions from the traditional chain of command. With a vote on the issue pending in the Senate, 59 percent in a new… Read More »

By Gary Langer

Nov 19, 2013 12:01am

Botched ACA Rollout Hammers Obama; Job Disapproval Reaches a Career High

Barack Obama has been hammered by the botched rollout of the Affordable Care Act, with disapproval of his job performance reaching a career high, opposition to the new healthcare law up sharply and evidence of potential fallout in the midterm elections a year off. The… Read More »

By Gary Langer

Nov 5, 2013 5:58pm

Exit Poll Results Tell a Tale of Two Republicans

Last updated at 10:55 pm. Broad personal and professional appeal lifted Chris Christie to easy re-election in New Jersey, yet without the clear home state endorsement for the presidency he might have wanted. His fellow Republican, Ken Cuccinelli, lost a far closer contest in Virginia,… Read More »

By Gary Langer

Oct 28, 2013 7:00pm

Poll Finds Vast Gaps in Basic Views on Gender, Race, Religion and Politics

An almost unfathomable gap divides public attitudes on basic issues involving gender, race, religion and politics in America, fueled by dramatic ideological and partisan divisions that offer the prospect of more of the bitter political battles that played out in Washington this month. A new… Read More »

By Gary Langer

Oct 22, 2013 12:01am

Congress Dives, Anti-Incumbency Soars in Deep Post-Shutdown Criticism

Approval of Congress is at a new low in 40 years of polling, Americans’ approval of their own representative in Washington is underwater for the first time and a record number of registered voters are inclined to look for someone new in 2014 – all… Read More »

By Gary Langer

Oct 21, 2013 1:00pm

Public Splits on Health Care Law Amid Concern Over Website Flaws

A majority of Americans see the website glitches at as a sign of broader problems implementing the new federal health care law. But it’s not enough to send them screaming. See PDF with full results, charts and tables here. Online snafus aside, a new… Read More »