PublicationsSeptember 21, 2016

In Their Own Words: Why Voters Support – and Have Concerns About – Clinton and Trump

Survey report Voters who support Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump offer a variety of reasons why they do so, ranging from the candidates’ issue positions to their personal backgrounds. But a major factor for both groups, beyond their candidate’s attributes, is who they are not: Asked in an open-ended format, 33% of Trump supporters and […]

PublicationsSeptember 13, 2016

The Parties on the Eve of the 2016 Election: Two Coalitions, Moving Further Apart

Ahead of the presidential election, the demographic profiles of the Republican and Democratic parties are strikingly different.

PublicationsSeptember 7, 2016

15 Years After 9/11, a Sharp Partisan Divide on Ability of Terrorists to Strike U.S.

As the 15th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, partisan differences over the ability of terrorists to launch a major attack on the United States are now as wide as at any point dating back to 2002.

Survey ReportsAugust 26, 2016

Opinions on Gun Policy and the 2016 Campaign

Survey report For the past several years, large majorities of both Democrats and Republicans have favored making private gun sales and sales at gun shows subject to background checks. Today, this proposal draws support from 90% of registered voters who back Hillary Clinton and 75% of voters who back Donald Trump. The latest national survey […]

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InteractivesAugust 26, 2016

Gun Rights vs. Gun Control

Explore 20 years of data on public opinion about gun control vs. gun rights.

PublicationsAugust 25, 2016

On Immigration Policy, Partisan Differences but Also Some Common Ground

Survey report The public is divided over many aspects of U.S. immigration policy. However, when asked about the priorities for policy toward illegal immigration, more Americans say better border security and a path to citizenship should be given equal priority than favor either approach individually. The new national survey, conducted August 9-16 among 2,010 adults, […]

Multi-section ReportsAugust 18, 2016

Clinton, Trump Supporters Have Starkly Different Views of a Changing Nation

Supporters of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump disagree on a range of policy issues, from terrorism to free trade. Yet they also have more fundamental differences over long-term changes in the country and the next generation’s future prospects.

PublicationsAugust 3, 2016

Few Clinton or Trump Supporters Have Close Friends in the Other Camp

In an increasingly contentious presidential campaign, just a quarter of voters who support Donald Trump in the general election say they have a lot or some close friends who are supporters of Hillary Clinton. Even fewer Clinton backers (18%) say they have at least some friends who support Trump.

PublicationsJuly 25, 2016

In Clinton’s March to Nomination, Many Democrats Changed Their Minds

Survey report Hillary Clinton led Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination in every Pew Research Center survey conducted throughout the party’s primaries. But many Democratic voters vacillated in their candidate support throughout this period. Today, however, overwhelming shares of all Democratic and Democratic-leaning registered voters – including 90% who consistently supported Sanders for the nomination […]

PublicationsJuly 18, 2016

For GOP Voters, a Winding Path to a Trump Nomination

Survey report When Pew Research Center first asked Republican voters their preferences for the GOP presidential nomination in March 2015, just 1% volunteered Donald Trump as their first choice. Thirteen months later, Trump was the first choice of 44% of Republican and Republican-leaning registered voters, more than any of his rivals. Today, 88% of these […]

PublicationsJuly 14, 2016

Voters’ Perceptions of the Candidates: Traits, Ideology and Impact on Issues

Few voters ‘check the box’ on positive descriptions of candidates.

Multi-section ReportsJuly 7, 2016

2016 Campaign: Strong Interest, Widespread Dissatisfaction

As Republicans and Democrats prepare for their party conventions later this month, a new national survey paints a bleak picture of voters’ impressions of the presidential campaign and the choices they face in November.

PublicationsJuly 7, 2016

Vote preference over time

See data on voter preference over time.

Multi-section ReportsJune 22, 2016

Partisanship and Political Animosity in 2016

The 2016 campaign is unfolding against a backdrop of intense partisan division and animosity. Partisans’ views of the opposing party are now more negative than at any point in nearly a quarter of a century.

PublicationsMay 5, 2016

Public Uncertain, Divided Over America’s Place in the World

The public views America’s role in the world with considerable apprehension and concern. In fact, most Americans say it would be better if the U.S. just dealt with its own problems and let other countries deal with their own problems as best they can.

PublicationsApril 28, 2016

GOP’s Favorability Rating Edges Lower

The Republican Party’s image, already quite negative, has slipped since last fall. Currently 33% of the public has a favorable impression of the Republican Party, while 62% have an unfavorable view.

PublicationsApril 27, 2016

More Americans Disapprove Than Approve of Health Care Law

The public’s views of the Affordable Care Act, which were evenly divided following the Supreme Court’s ruling last summer upholding a key section of the law, are again more negative than positive.

PublicationsApril 26, 2016

A Wider Ideological Gap Between More and Less Educated Adults

Two years ago, Pew Research Center found that Republicans and Democrats were more divided along ideological lines than at any point in the previous two decades. But growing ideological distance is not confined to partisanship. There are also growing ideological divisions along educational and generational lines.

PublicationsMarch 31, 2016

Campaign Exposes Fissures Over Issues, Values and How Life Has Changed in the U.S.

The 2016 presidential campaign has exposed deep disagreements between – and within – the two parties on a range of major policy issues.

PublicationsMarch 28, 2016

Garland Nomination to Supreme Court Gets Positive Reception From Public

Although Merrick Garland’s nomination to the Supreme Court faces an uncertain fate in the Senate, more Americans say they favor (46%) than oppose (30%) Garland’s confirmation to the high court. About a quarter (24%) offer no opinion.