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Budget Cuts Get Personal; Those Who Are Hurt, Holler

Budget Cuts Get Personal; Those Who Are Hurt, Holler

Image Source/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The federal budget sequester may be dampening a rise in economic optimism: Nearly four in 10 Americans now say sequestration has hurt them personally, up substantially since it began in March — and they’re …

Poll: More Americans Sympathize with Israel than Palestinian Authority

Poll: More Americans Sympathize with Israel than Palestinian Authority

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Many more Americans continue to side with Israel rather than the Palestinian Authority, but — with President Obama’s first visit there days away — most also prefer to leave peace negotiations to the two prota…

Majority of Americans Believe Wars in Iraq, Afghanistan Not Worth Fighting

Majority of Americans Believe Wars in Iraq, Afghanistan Not Worth Fighting

US Department of Defense(NEW YORK) — Nearly a decade after the Iraq war began, nearly 60 percent of Americans believe the war was not worth fighting.Almost as many Americans feel the same way about the war in Afghanistan. While the overall criticisms …

Poll: Large Racial Gap Marks Trust on Immigration

Poll: Large Racial Gap Marks Trust on Immigration

John Gurzinski/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Slightly more Americans trust Barack Obama than congressional Republicans to handle immigration, but neither side garnered a majority between whites and nonwhites in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll.Amer…

Drop in Approval Ends Obama’s Post-Election Honeymoon

Drop in Approval Ends Obama’s Post-Election Honeymoon

Win McNamee/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The post-election party is over for Barack Obama, with the president slipping in overall approval and relinquishing his advantage over congressional Republicans in trust to handle the economy.  But it looks no…

Some Gun Measures Broadly Backed But the Politics Show Even Split

Some Gun Measures Broadly Backed But the Politics Show Even Split

David De Lossy/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — While Senate negotiators struggle for a deal on mandatory background checks at gun shows, the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll finds vast public support for the measure, as well as for a committee-approved ste…

Poll: Outgoing Pope Popular, But Not as Much as His Predecessor

Poll: Outgoing Pope Popular, But Not as Much as His Predecessor

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Catholic Church has rebounded in overall public esteem in the United States as it’s moved away from the height of its child abuse scandals a decade ago, a trend that’s continued under the now-departi…

Poll Finds a Boost for Obama on Handling Immigration

Poll Finds a Boost for Obama on Handling Immigration

John Gurzinski/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Public approval of President Obama’s handling of immigration has jumped to a career high in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, buttressed by majority support for a path to citizenship for illegal im…

Obama’s Favorability Best Since 2009; 2-1 Approve Inaugural Address

Obama’s Favorability Best Since 2009; 2-1 Approve Inaugural Address

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — President Obama has advanced to his highest personal popularity since his first year in office, and Americans who’ve formed an opinion of his second inaugural address last week broadly approve of it, the …

POLL: After Newtown Shootings, Most Back Some Gun Controls

POLL: After Newtown Shootings, Most Back Some Gun Controls

DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A majority of Americans favor such gun control measures as banning assault weapons and expanding background checks on those who buy guns and ammunition, with support for banning high-capacity ammunition magazine…

Poll: Public Lukewarm on Cliff Deal, But Obama Bests Boehner

Poll: Public Lukewarm on Cliff Deal, But Obama Bests Boehner

MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Americans give a lukewarm response to last week’s agreement to avoid the fiscal cliff, albeit with higher marks for the deal to President Obama than to House Speaker John Boehner. More people in this…

Despite Hints of Economic Recovery, Optimism’s Scarce for 2013

Despite Hints of Economic Recovery, Optimism’s Scarce for 2013

Comstock Images/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — With three-quarters of Americans saying the economy’s still in a recession, optimism both about personal and global prospects in the year ahead are at their lowest in 11 years. Nonetheless, unlike the past …

Fixing the GOP: Party Like It’s 1949

Fixing the GOP: Party Like It’s 1949

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Americans by a 15-point margin in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll say the Republican Party needs less conservative policies that are more focused on middle- and lower-income Americans, rather than better leader…

Few Back US Military Role in Syria, But Support Jumps in Specific Cases

Few Back US Military Role in Syria, But Support Jumps in Specific Cases

JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — While Americans broadly prefer to stay out of direct involvement in the conflict in Syria, support for U.S. military action soars in the event of a loss of control of its chemical weapons, the use of such weapon…

Poll: Obama Holds Most Cards in Cliff Talks, But with No Mandate

Poll: Obama Holds Most Cards in Cliff Talks, But with No Mandate

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/GettyImages(NEW YORK) — President Obama holds most of the cards in fiscal cliff negotiations with the Republican leaders of Congress, with more Americans approving of his handling of the talks and more prepared to blame the GOP if the …

Obama Tops Boehner on Budget Talks, with Much Broader Core Support

Obama Tops Boehner on Budget Talks, with Much Broader Core Support

MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — President Obama holds a substantial advantage over John Boehner in handling budget negotiations to avoid the fiscal cliff.  Nearly twice as many Americans in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll approve of …

Hillary Clinton Wins High Popularity, Majority Support for a 2016 Bid

Hillary Clinton Wins High Popularity, Majority Support for a 2016 Bid

AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Carried by a new high in personal popularity and broad approval of her work as secretary of state, Hillary Clinton closes out her diplomatic career with majority support as a candidate for president in 2016.F…

Poll: Among Cliff-Avoidance Options, Most Favor Targeting Wealthy

Poll: Among Cliff-Avoidance Options, Most Favor Targeting Wealthy

Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — With the fiscal cliff drawing closer, raising taxes on wealthy Americans remains a popular option. The public divides closely on reducing federal income tax deductions, while two-thirds oppose another possibili…

Poll: Petraeus’ Image Takes a Hit; Split Views on the FBI’s Approach

Poll: Petraeus’ Image Takes a Hit; Split Views on the FBI’s Approach

KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — David Petraeus’ popularity has dropped since the scandal that’s forced him from directorship of the CIA, but still more Americans see him favorably than unfavorably – a better rating than the…

POLL: Slim Edge Opens for Obama As the Closest Contest Concludes

POLL: Slim Edge Opens for Obama As the Closest Contest Concludes

John Gurzinski/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Barack Obama has inched to a slim advantage in the closing days of the 2012 presidential race, breaking out of a long-running deadlock with Mitt Romney to a 50-47 percent contest in the final-weekend tracking po…

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