Public Trust in Government: 1958-2015
Public trust in the government remains near historic lows. Only 19% of Americans today say they can trust the government in Washington to do what is right “just about always” (3%) or “most of the time” (16%). When the National Election Study began asking about trust in government in 1958, about three-quarters of Americans trusted […]
Gun Rights vs. Gun Control
Explore 20 years of data on public opinion about gun control vs. gun rights.
Party Identification Trends, 1992-2014
Pew Research Center has been tracking the party affiliation of the general public for over 20 years. Explore the party ID data for two dozen demographic subgroups, categorized by gender, race, education, generation, and religious affiliation.
Public Trust in Government: 1958-2014
Public trust in the government remains near historic lows, although somewhat higher than during the October 2013 government shutdown. In a survey conducted in February 2014, 24% said they trust the government in Washington always or most of the time. Explore public attitudes towards the federal government over time and compare the data with other […]
How is Ideology Linked to Child-Rearing Values?
Respondents in the Pew Research Center’s American Trends Panel were surveyed about which of 12 traits they feel are “especially important to teach children,” and to then choose the three most important. The total percentages who name each trait among the most important are presented in this interactive chart along a scale of political ideology.
Video: Americans Grow More Pessimistic about U.S. Role in World Affairs
Highlights from the report: Public Sees U.S. Power Declining as Support for Global Engagement Slips. For the first time in nearly a half century of polling – a majority agrees that the United States should mind its own business internationally.
Public Trust in Government: 1958-2013
Public trust in the government, already quite low, has edged even lower in a survey conducted just before the Oct. 16 agreement to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling. Explore public attitudes towards the federal government over time and compare the data with other key national indicators, such as consumer sentiment, the […]
Changing Attitudes on Same Sex Marriage, Gay Friends and Family
As support for gay marriage continues to grow, 72% of Americans say that legal recognition of same-sex marriage is “inevitable.” This includes 85% of gay marriage supporters, as well as 59% of its opponents. The new survey by the Pew Research Center finds that, for the first time, just over half (51%) the public favors […]
How Do Americans Feel About Doing Their Taxes?
Ben Franklin once said that nothing in life is certain, but death and taxes. More than two centuries later, taxes remain a yearly ritual for most Americans. Most say they dislike – or even hate – doing their taxes, but about a third say they like it – or even love it. Click through the […]
Marijuana in America: Shifting Attitudes, Events and Laws
Marijuana: Changing Attitudes
Pew Research Year in Review
Take a look at Pew Research Center’s top findings of the year that told us a bigger story about the trends shaping our world.
Graphic: The Final Days of Campaign 2012
Obama and Romney have switched places in poll results over the final two months of the campaign. This chart tracks likely voters, based on national polls conducted by Pew Research Center. Read Pew Research’s final estimate for Election Day, which allocates a portion of the undecided voters to each candidate here.
Examining the Last Four Years
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Slideshow: Television Vulnerable in Changing News Landscape
Slideshow: Obama Ahead of Romney on Most Issues
Trend in Party Identification
Report: Trends in Party Affiliation
A Portrait of Muslim Americans
Highlights from the Pew Research Center report, Muslim Americans: No Signs of Growth in Alienation or Support for Extremism.
Video: 2011 Political Typology
Michael Dimock, associate director of the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, provides an overview of the findings of the report Beyond Red vs. Blue: Political Typology.