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.

PublicationsFebruary 22, 2016

Majority of Public Wants Senate to Act on Obama’s Court Nominee

Survey Report In the high-stakes battle over replacing Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court, a majority of Americans (56%) say the Senate should hold hearings and vote on President Obama’s choice to fill the vacancy. About four-in-ten (38%) say the Senate should not hold hearings until the next president selects a court nominee. Most […]

PublicationsFebruary 22, 2016

More Support for Justice Department Than for Apple in Dispute Over Unlocking iPhone

As the standoff between the Department of Justice and Apple Inc. continues over an iPhone used by one of the suspects in the San Bernardino terrorist attacks, 51% say Apple should unlock the iPhone to assist the ongoing FBI investigation.

PublicationsJanuary 28, 2016

2012 Republican Primary Voters: More Conservative Than GOP General Election Voters

Survey Report Next week, Republican voters will begin the process of selecting their party’s 2016 presidential nominee. One of the major questions will be which GOP voters turn out, and which stay home. A person’s past voting history can be a powerful predictor of future turnout. A new analysis of the Republican electorate in 2012, […]

PublicationsJanuary 22, 2016

Budget Deficit Slips as Public Priority

Survey Report As Barack Obama begins his final year in office, the goal of reducing the budget deficit, which the public once ranked among the most pressing objectives for his administration, has continued its recent decline in perceived importance. Overall, 56% say that reducing the budget deficit should be a top priority for the president […]

PublicationsJanuary 20, 2016

Voters Skeptical That 2016 Candidates Would Make Good Presidents

A year before the next president takes office, voters are skeptical that any of the leading 2016 candidates would make a good president.

Blog PostDecember 29, 2015

Congress’ productivity improves somewhat in 2015

Congress passed 113 laws, 87 of them substantive, in 2015, making it the most productive first session since 2009

PublicationsDecember 22, 2015

As Election Year Nears, Public Sees Mixed Economic Picture

Survey Report The public’s views of the nation’s economy have shown little change throughout 2015. But Americans are less optimistic about how well the economy will fare over the next year than they were last January. Currently, 45% rate economic conditions as only fair, while 27% view them as excellent or good, and about the […]

Blog PostDecember 16, 2015

Americans’ views of Fed depend on their politics

Republicans, especially conservative Republicans, were more likely to view the institution unfavorably.

PublicationsDecember 15, 2015

Views of Government’s Handling of Terrorism Fall to Post-9/11 Low

Survey Report Following the terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif., the public’s concerns about terrorism have surged and positive ratings of the government’s handling of terrorism have plummeted. But other attitudes relating to terrorism and security, as well as perceptions of whether Islam is more likely than other religions to encourage violence, have […]

Blog PostDecember 15, 2015

5 facts about Republicans and national security

When GOP presidential candidates meet in Las Vegas tonight for their sixth debate, terrorism, foreign policy and national security are expected to be major topics.

PublicationsDecember 14, 2015

Debates Help Fuel Strong Interest in 2016 Campaign

Survey Report As candidates in both parties prepare for the next round of presidential debates, a new national survey finds that the public is highly engaged by the 2016 campaign. Fully 74% of Americans say they have given a lot or some thought to the candidates, higher than the shares saying this at comparable points […]

Blog PostDecember 11, 2015

Patriotic, honest and selfish: How Americans describe Americans

Americans pull no punches when assessing the strengths and weaknesses of their fellow citizens.

Blog PostDecember 7, 2015

As more money flows into campaigns, Americans worry about its influence

There’s more money in the political system than at any time since the reforms of the 1970s, a trend that concerns most Americans regardless of party or ideology.

PublicationsNovember 23, 2015

Beyond Distrust: How Americans View Their Government

A year ahead of the presidential election, the American public is deeply cynical about government, politics and the nation’s elected leaders in a way that has become quite familiar. Currently, just 19% say they can trust the government always or most of the time, among the lowest levels in the past half-century. Only 20% […]

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InteractivesNovember 23, 2015

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 […]

PublicationsOctober 8, 2015

On Immigration Policy, Wider Partisan Divide Over Border Fence Than Path to Legal Status

Survey Report As immigration emerges as a key issue in the presidential campaign, there is little common ground between Republicans and Democrats in views of several immigration policy proposals. But partisan disagreements are much more pronounced on some issues than others. Overall, the public continues to be divided over building a fence along the entire […]