PublicationsDecember 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 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 […]

PublicationsOctober 18, 2016

Most Trump, Clinton Backers Say Spouses Share Their Vote Preferences

As the 2016 campaign enters its final weeks, very few voters who support either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton expect their spouse or partner to cross the aisle and vote for the other candidate.

PublicationsOctober 14, 2016

In Presidential Contest, Voters Say ‘Basic Facts,’ Not Just Policies, Are in Dispute

n the contentious weeks leading up to Election Day, voters are deeply divided over the candidates, major issues and the nation’s past and future course. And, in a new survey, most voters say these differences even extend to disputes over basic facts.

PublicationsSeptember 21, 2016

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

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.

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

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.

PublicationsAugust 25, 2016

On Immigration Policy, Partisan Differences but Also Some Common Ground

The public is divided over many aspects of U.S. immigration policy.

Survey 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 […]

PublicationsJune 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.