PublicationsSeptember 13, 2018

Republicans, Democrats See Opposing Party as More Ideological Than Their Own

Republicans are far more likely than Democrats to view the Democratic Party as very liberal. And the pattern is similar, though less pronounced, in views of the GOP’s ideology: More Democrats than Republicans see the Republican Party as very conservative.   When asked to evaluate the Democratic Party’s ideology, a majority of Republicans (55%) give […]

PublicationsSeptember 10, 2018

Partisan Divides in Views of Many Countries – but Not North Korea

Republicans and Democrats express overwhelmingly negative views of North Korea, but they diverge in opinions of several other countries – including Mexico, Iran, Russia and several U.S. allies.

PublicationsAugust 23, 2018

Trump Has Met the Public’s Modest Expectations for His Presidency

Survey Report Just prior to the 2016 election, the public had fairly low expectations for Donald Trump’s presidency. Majorities of Americans said that if Trump was elected, he would not be likely to improve the way government works, set a high moral standard for the presidency or achieve other goals.  And for the most part, […]

PublicationsAugust 16, 2018

As Midterms Near, Democrats Are More Politically Active Than Republicans

Across a range of political activities – from attending political rallies to donating to campaigns – voters who back Democratic candidates for Congress are reporting higher levels of political activity than GOP voters.

PublicationsAugust 9, 2018

For Most Trump Voters, ‘Very Warm’ Feelings for Him Endured

In the wake of Donald Trump’s 2016 election victory, an overwhelming majority of those who said they had voted for him had “warm” feelings for him.

PublicationsJuly 24, 2018

Growing Partisan Differences in Views of the FBI; Stark Divide Over ICE

A new survey of public attitudes toward federal agencies finds that partisan differences in views of the FBI have increased markedly over the past year. And Americans’ opinions about Immigration and Customs Enforcement are deeply polarized.

PublicationsJuly 18, 2018

Taking Sides on Facebook: How Congressional Outreach Changed Under President Trump

Democratic legislators’ opposition to political adversaries on Facebook spiked after Trump’s election, while “angry” reactions to posts by members of Congress increased among followers.

PublicationsJuly 17, 2018

Americans Divided on Kavanaugh’s Nomination to the Supreme Court

A week after Donald Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy’s seat on the Supreme Court, the public is split in its early views of the nomination.

PublicationsJuly 11, 2018

Obama Tops Public’s List of Best President in Their Lifetime, Followed by Clinton, Reagan

When asked which president has done the best job in their lifetimes, more Americans name Barack Obama than any other president.

PublicationsJune 28, 2018

Shifting Public Views on Legal Immigration Into the U.S.

While there has been considerable attention on illegal immigration into the U.S. recently, opinions about legal immigration have undergone a long-term change.

PublicationsJune 20, 2018

Voters More Focused on Control of Congress – and the President – Than in Past Midterms

The congressional elections are more than four months away, but voter engagement is high when compared with comparable points in previous midterm cycles.

PublicationsMay 10, 2018

Public Supports U.S. Talks With North Korea; Many Doubt Whether Its Leaders Are ‘Serious’

Survey Report Americans overwhelmingly support direct talks between the United States and North Korea over its nuclear program. About seven-in-ten (71%) approve of these talks, while just 21% disapprove. However, the public is skeptical about whether North Korea’s leaders are serious about addressing concerns over its nuclear program.   Overall, 49% say North Korea’s leadership is […]

Survey ReportsMay 8, 2018

Public Is Skeptical of the Iran Agreement – and Trump’s Handling of the Issue

As Donald Trump prepares to announce his long-awaited decision on the Iran nuclear agreement, more Americans say they disapprove (40%) than approve (32%) of the agreement.

PublicationsMay 3, 2018

Trump Viewed Less Negatively on Issues, but Most Americans Are Critical of His Conduct

A majority of Americans find little or no common ground with Donald Trump on issues, but the share who say they agree with him on many or all issues has risen since last August.

PublicationsApril 26, 2018

The Public, the Political System and American Democracy

Survey Report At a time of growing stress on democracy around the world, Americans generally agree on democratic ideals and values that are important for the United States. But for the most part, they see the country falling well short in living up to these ideals, according to a new study of opinion on the […]

PublicationsMarch 22, 2018

Positive Views of Economy Surge, Driven by Major Shifts Among Republicans

Americans’ views of national economic conditions continue to improve, with the share saying the economy is in good or excellent condition now at its highest point in nearly two decades. The overall rise in positive assessments seen over the last year is driven by the shifting views of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents. Nearly three-quarters of […]

Survey ReportsMarch 20, 2018

Wide Gender Gap, Growing Educational Divide in Voters’ Party Identification

Survey Report As the 2018 midterm elections approach, women and especially college graduates have moved toward the Democratic Party. By contrast, the Republican Party’s advantage in leaned party identification among white voters without a college degree has never been greater, dating back more than two decades. While partisanship among voters usually does not change much […]

InteractivesMarch 20, 2018

Party Identification Trends, 1992-2017

Pew Research Center has been tracking the party affiliation of the general public for over 20 years. Click the buttons or scroll down to explore the party ID data for two dozen demographic subgroups, categorized by gender, race, education, generation, and religious affiliation.

PublicationsMarch 15, 2018

Public Confidence in Mueller’s Investigation Remains Steady

Survey Report The public continues to express at least some confidence that Robert Mueller will conduct a fair investigation into Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election. A majority of Americans (61%) say they are very or somewhat confident Mueller will conduct a fair investigation; these views have changed only modestly since December. While opinions about […]

PublicationsMarch 1, 2018

The Generation Gap in American Politics

Generational differences have long been a factor in U.S. politics. These divisions are now as wide as they have been in decades, with the potential to shape politics well into the future.