- Iran’s Intentions 12/04/2013
In an ABC News/Washington Post poll mid-November, 64 percent of adults polled said they would favor an agreement in which the United States and other nations lifted some sanctions in exchange for Iran restricting its nuclear program. But in a follow-up question, only 4 percent were very confident and another 32 percent somewhat confident that such an agreement would prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons.
- Healthcare.gov Rollout 12/02/2013
There is little good news for President Obama in new polls about the Affordable Care Act. In the ABC News/Washington Post poll, for example, only a third of adults surveyed approve of the job the president is doing handling the implementation of the law while 63 percent disapprove. Of the 63 percent, a majority of 52 percent disapprove strongly. Other polls mirror the findings of this ABC/Post poll.
- Obama and Foreign Policy 11/25/2013
In a new poll, Fox News found that 38 percent of registered voters polled approved of the way President Obama was handling foreign policy, while 54 percent disapproved. In another question in the poll, 65 percent wanted Congress to continue investigating the Obama administration's handling of the terrorist attack on the Benghazi consulate in Libya until the truth about what happened is revealed.
- The Kennedy Assassination 11/22/2013
In late November and early December 1963, when the National Opinion Research Center asked people about the Kennedy assassination, 24 percent said it was the work of just one man, and 62 percent said other people were involved, too. In a new poll from Hart Research commissioned by U.Va. political science professor Larry Sabato, 25 percent said Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone, but 75 percent said there were still too many unanswered questions to know if he acted by himself. As a new AEI Public Opinion Study shows, many conspiracy theories circulate in America. The Kennedy assassination appears to have the most adherents.
- The Kennedy Legacy 11/20/2013
In a new poll commissioned by University of Virginia political science professor Larry Sabato and conducted by Hart Research, adults were asked which two presidents of the past 50 years stood out as the best. Among all adults, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton tied for top place, followed by John F. Kennedy. For those likely to recall the Kennedy assassination, Reagan and Kennedy ranked at the top, while Clinton finished close behind. Eighty-four percent of those 55 and older said they had a “clear and vivid memory” of Kennedy’s assassination, and 87 percent of this age group said they admired him.
- Fumbling the Rollout 11/18/2013
In a new Gallup poll, 40 percent of Americans polled said they approved of the Affordable Care Act and 55 percent disapproved. For most of the past year, opinions have been more evenly divided. Gallup notes that the uptick in disapproval "may be linked" to news stories about problems with the site and concerns that policies are being cancelled. At his news conference this week, President Obama acknowledged that the administration "fumbled the rollout."
- Personal Satisfaction 11/15/2013
Gallup recently updated a few questions the polling organization began asking 50 years ago. In 1964, 64 percent of adults said they were satisfied with the future facing them and their family, while 25 percent were dissatisfied. In the new reading, taken in September, 63 percent were satisfied and a third dissatisfied. Positive readings on this question reached a high of 80 percent in 1991 and stayed high throughout that decade. High levels of personal satisfaction contrast sharply with low levels of confidence about the way things are going in the country as a whole.
- Obesity in America 11/13/2013
Although 69 percent of adults polled believe obesity is an extremely or very serious public health problem for our society, only 42 percent in another question in a new Pew Research Center poll say the government should play a significant role in reducing it. In a separate question, 57 percent of those asked said the government should play a significant role in reducing childhood obesity.
- Spying on Allies 11/08/2013
When the Pew Research Center recently asked adults about U.S. monitoring of phone calls of the leaders of allied nations, 36 percent of those polled said it was acceptable, while 56 percent said it was not. In the survey, 57 percent of Republicans, 53 percent of Democrats, and 56 percent of Independents said it was unacceptable. The Pew pollsters reported that the public was following news stories about the economy and health care exchanges more closely than news about the monitoring.
- Movement on Marijuana 11/06/2013
In 1969, just 12 percent of adults favored the legalization of marijuana and 84 percent were opposed. Forty-four years later, in Gallup’s latest poll, a solid majority of 58 percent says it should be made legal and 39 percent are opposed. Young people are most supportive: 67 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds now favor legalization. In a March 2013 poll conducted by the Pew Research Center, 52 percent of adults surveyed said it should be made legal.