Poor government leadership was top problem in 2014

In 2014, four issues generated enough public concern over enough months for at least 10% of Americans, on average, to identify each of them as the nation’s most important problem, according to Gallup. Complaints about government leadership — including President Barack Obama, the Republicans in Congress and general political conflict — led the list, at […]

Americans Optimistic About 2015

Americans are closing out 2014 on an optimistic note, according to a new Associated Press-Times Square Alliance poll. Nearly half predict that 2015 will be a better year for them than 2014 was, while only 1 in 10 think it will be worse. There’s room for improvement: Americans give the year gone by a resounding […]

Highlights from post-election national poll

Earlier this week, YG Network released a post-election national poll. As pollsters Whit Ayres and Jon McHenry of North Star Opinion Research write, the survey “shows strong support for some of the messages outlined in (YG Network’s book) Room to Grow to address current challenges faced by many Americans, including education, unemployment, and poverty in […]

Americans want Congress, not Obama, to lead nation

A Gallup Poll taken after the election asked, “Who do you want to have more influence over the direction the nation takes in the next year — Barack Obama or the Republicans in Congress?”  Congress won out over Obama by a 17 point margin, 53 percent to 36 percent.

POLITICO poll shows terrorism and Ebola fears

A new POLITICO poll of battleground states and Congressional districts shows voters are concerned amid terrorism threats and an Ebola outbreak with only two weeks to go before Election Day. Terrorism: Eighty-four percent of voters say that the Islamic State poses a “serious” threat to the U.S. homeland, including 43 percent who say it poses […]

Just 22 percent say they’re ‘better off’ under Obama

The Washington Post reports: The new Washington Post-ABC News poll asked people a pretty direct question: “Would you say you yourself are better off financially than you were when Obama first became president, not as well off, or in about the same shape as then financially?” The results: Just 22 percent of Americans say they […]

GOP and Dems rank economy high in importance but differ on other issues

Republican and Democratic voters see the economy, jobs, and fixing the federal government as important to their congressional vote this year, but prioritize other issues quite differently, according to a recent Gallup survey. Republicans and Republican leaners rate the situation with Islamic militants and the deficit in their top five issues. For Democrats and Democrat […]

Poll: Americans Pessimistic Government Can Protect Them

Americans lack confidence in the government’s ability to protect their personal safety and economic security, a sign that their widespread unease about the state of the nation extends far beyond politics, according to the latest Associated Press-GfK poll. With Election Day about a month away, more than half those in the survey said Washington can […]

Will Scotland Vote for Independence?

Today, Scots will head to the polls to vote on whether Scotland should break away from the United Kingdom and become an independent country.  It will represent a new era in Scotland, regardless of the outcome of the vote, as they are geared to gain sweeping new powers and more autonomy as promised by the […]

Putin Approval Soars to 83% in Russia While Obama Stagnates in Low 40s in US

Gallup reports that President Vladimir Putin’s popularity in Russia is now at its highest level in years.  The 83% of Russians saying they approve of Putin’s leadership in late April/early June ties his previous high rating in 2008 when he left office the first time. In comparison, the latest Gallup numbers on Obama show 44% […]