Survey ReportsMarch 2, 2017

Large Majorities See Checks and Balances, Right to Protest as Essential for Democracy

Large majorities of the public, Republicans and Democrats alike, say open and fair elections and a system of governmental checks and balances are essential to maintaining a strong democracy in the United States.

Multi-section ReportsFebruary 23, 2017

Partisan Conflict and Congressional Outreach

A new analysis of more than 200,000 press releases and Facebook posts from the official accounts of members of the 114th Congress uses methods from the emerging field of computational social science to quantify how often legislators themselves “go negative” in their outreach to the public.

PublicationsFebruary 22, 2017

In Trump Era, What Partisans Want From Their Congressional Leaders

Survey Report As President Trump prepares for his address next week to a joint session of Congress, Republicans say they are more inclined to trust the president, rather than GOP congressional leaders, if the two sides disagree. For their part, Democrats are far more concerned that congressional Democrats will not do enough,  rather than go […]

PublicationsFebruary 16, 2017

Presidential Approval Detailed Tables, February 2017

Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling his job as President? / Do you [approve/disapprove] strongly or not so strongly?

PublicationsFebruary 16, 2017

In First Month, Views of Trump Are Already Strongly Felt, Deeply Polarized

Less than a month after Donald Trump took office, the public’s initial impressions of the new president are strongly felt, deeply polarized and far more negative than positive. The latest national survey by Pew Research Center, conducted Feb. 7-12 among 1,503 adults, finds that Trump’s overall job approval is much lower than those of prior […]

PublicationsJanuary 24, 2017

After Seismic Political Shift, Modest Changes in Public’s Policy Agenda

Survey Report As Donald Trump enters the White House, the nation’s leading policy priorities are little changed from the final years of Barack Obama’s presidency. And the partisan divisions over many of the public’s priorities – from dealing with global climate change to strengthening the nation’s military – remain as wide as ever. Roughly three-quarters […]

PublicationsJanuary 19, 2017

On Eve of Inauguration, Americans Expect Nation’s Deep Political Divisions to Persist

Ahead of Donald Trump’s inauguration as the nation’s 45th president, the public sees a country deeply fractured along partisan lines.

PublicationsJanuary 18, 2017

Public Sees Wealthy People, Corporations Gaining Influence in Trump Era

As President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take office, the public has starkly different expectations about which groups in society will gain influence – and those that will lose influence – under his administration.

PublicationsJanuary 12, 2017

The World Facing Trump: Public Sees ISIS, Cyberattacks, North Korea as Top Threats

Survey Report When he takes office next week, President-elect Donald Trump will inherit an array of global threats in the view of the public. About eight-in-ten Americans (79%) say ISIS poses a major threat to the well-being of the United States, and 71% say the same about cyberattacks from other countries. Nearly two-thirds (64%) view […]

PublicationsJanuary 10, 2017

Negative Views of Trump’s Transition, Amid Concerns About Conflicts, Tax Returns

The public continues to give the president-elect low marks for how he is handling the transition process.

Multi-section ReportsDecember 20, 2016

In Election’s Wake, Partisans Assess the State of Their Parties

In the wake of the election, Republicans are feeling more optimistic about their party’s future. By contrast, Democrats’ optimism about the Democratic Party’s future has declined.

MultimediaDecember 15, 2016

Video: Americans Name the Top Historic Events of Their Lifetimes

Shared experiences define what it means to be an American. The Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks were such a unifying event for modern Americans. Nothing else has come close to being as important or as memorable, according to a new survey conducted by Pew Research Center in association with A+E Networks’ HISTORY.

Multi-section ReportsDecember 15, 2016

Americans Name the 10 Most Significant Historic Events of Their Lifetimes

Three-quarters of Americans say Sept. 11 was one of the 10 events in their lives that had the greatest impact on the country, with many also citing Obama’s election and the tech revolution.

PublicationsDecember 15, 2016

Americans Name the Top Historic Events of Their Lifetimes

The Pew Research Center survey, conducted in association with A+E Networks’ HISTORY, asked everyone from Millennials to members of the Greatest Generation to list the events that most profoundly affected America.

PublicationsDecember 14, 2016

Obama Leaves Office on High Note, But Public Has Mixed Views of Accomplishments

Survey Report With just a few weeks left in Barack Obama’s presidency, Americans’ early judgments of his place in history are more positive than negative. Obama is poised to leave office on a high note: Current assessments of both the president and the first lady are among the most favorable since they arrived in the […]

PublicationsDecember 8, 2016

Low Approval of Trump’s Transition but Outlook for His Presidency Improves

Nearly a month after Donald Trump’s election as president, the public views his transition to the White House less positively than those of past presidents-elect.

PublicationsNovember 21, 2016

Low Marks for Major Players in 2016 Election – Including the Winner

For most voters, the 2016 presidential campaign was one to forget.

PublicationsNovember 10, 2016

A Divided and Pessimistic Electorate

Survey report Beyond their disagreements over specific policy issues, voters who supported President-elect Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton also differed over the seriousness of a wide array of problems facing the nation, from immigration and crime to inequality and racism. And while voters generally said little progress has been made over the last eight years […]

Multi-section ReportsOctober 27, 2016

As Election Nears, Voters Divided Over Democracy and ‘Respect’

As the presidential campaign enters its final days, opinions about American democracy and the candidates’ respect for democratic institutions – as well their respect for women, minorities and other groups in society– have emerged as political flashpoints. Donald Trump is widely seen as having little or no respect for Muslims, women, Hispanics and blacks. Moreover, […]

InteractivesOctober 19, 2016

Video: How Republican and Democratic voters have changed since 1992

The two parties look less alike today than at any point over the last quarter-century.