PublicationsMay 10, 2018

Public Supports U.S. Talks With North Korea; Many Doubt Whether Its Leaders Are ‘Serious’

Americans overwhelmingly support direct talks between the United States and North Korea over its nuclear program. About seven-in-ten (71%) approve of these talks, while just 21% disapprove. However, the public is skeptical about whether North Korea’s leaders are serious about addressing concerns over its nuclear program.   Overall, 49% say North Korea’s leadership is not serious […]

Survey ReportsMay 8, 2018

Public Is Skeptical of the Iran Agreement – and Trump’s Handling of the Issue

As Donald Trump prepares to announce his long-awaited decision on the Iran nuclear agreement, more Americans say they disapprove (40%) than approve (32%) of the agreement.

PublicationsApril 26, 2018

The Public, the Political System and American Democracy

Survey Report At a time of growing stress on democracy around the world, Americans generally agree on democratic ideals and values that are important for the United States. But for the most part, they see the country falling well short in living up to these ideals, according to a new study of opinion on the […]

PublicationsMarch 22, 2018

Positive Views of Economy Surge, Driven by Major Shifts Among Republicans

Americans’ views of national economic conditions continue to improve, with the share saying the economy is in good or excellent condition now at its highest point in nearly two decades. The overall rise in positive assessments seen over the last year is driven by the shifting views of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents. Nearly three-quarters of […]

Survey ReportsMarch 20, 2018

Wide Gender Gap, Growing Educational Divide in Voters’ Party Identification

Survey Report As the 2018 midterm elections approach, women and especially college graduates have moved toward the Democratic Party. By contrast, the Republican Party’s advantage in leaned party identification among white voters without a college degree has never been greater, dating back more than two decades. While partisanship among voters usually does not change much […]

PublicationsMarch 15, 2018

Public Confidence in Mueller’s Investigation Remains Steady

Survey Report The public continues to express at least some confidence that Robert Mueller will conduct a fair investigation into Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election. A majority of Americans (61%) say they are very or somewhat confident Mueller will conduct a fair investigation; these views have changed only modestly since December. While opinions about […]

PublicationsMarch 1, 2018

The Generation Gap in American Politics

Generational differences have long been a factor in U.S. politics. These divisions are now as wide as they have been in decades, with the potential to shape politics well into the future.

Survey ReportsFebruary 14, 2018

Majorities Express Favorable Opinions of Several Federal Agencies, Including the FBI

Survey Report The public continues to express favorable opinions of a number of federal agencies and departments. And while positive opinions of the FBI among Republicans have slipped since early last year, two-thirds of Americans – including a majority of Republicans – view the bureau favorably.   The public rates the 10 agencies and departments included […]

PublicationsJanuary 30, 2018

Majorities Say Government Does Too Little for Older People, the Poor and the Middle Class

Majorities of Americans say the federal government does not provide enough help for older people (65%), poor people (62%) and the middle class (61%). By contrast, nearly two-thirds (64%) say the government provides too much help for wealthy people.

PublicationsJanuary 25, 2018

Economic Issues Decline Among Public’s Policy Priorities

Economic issues are viewed as less important policy priorities than they were just a few years ago.

PublicationsJanuary 24, 2018

Public Has Mixed Expectations for New Tax Law

Survey Report A month after Donald Trump and Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the public has mixed views of the sweeping tax overhaul and its long-term impact. Just as support in Congress for the legislation was divided along party lines, there are wide partisan gaps among the public in expectations for the […]

PublicationsJanuary 23, 2018

Republicans and Democrats Grow Even Further Apart in Views of Israel, Palestinians

The partisan divide in Middle East sympathies, for Israel or the Palestinians, is now wider than at any point since 1978.

PublicationsDecember 19, 2017

Most Americans Say Trump’s Election Has Led to Worse Race Relations in the U.S.

Survey Report Nearly a year into Donald Trump’s presidency, a majority of Americans (60%) say his election has led to worse race relations in the United States. Just 8% say Trump’s election has led to better race relations, while 30% say it has not made a difference. Shortly after Trump’s victory last year, voters had […]

PublicationsDecember 14, 2017

Government Gets Lower Ratings for Handling Health Care, Environment, Disaster Response

Since 2015, opinions about the federal government’s handling of several major issues have become less positive and much more partisan.

PublicationsDecember 7, 2017

Stark Partisan Divisions Over Russia Probe, Including Its Importance to the Nation

A majority of Americans say they think senior members of Donald Trump’s administration definitely or probably had improper contacts with Russia during last year’s presidential campaign.

PublicationsNovember 9, 2017

Partisans Have Starkly Different Opinions About How the World Views the U.S.

Today, 68% say the U.S. is less respected by other countries than it was in the past.

PublicationsNovember 7, 2017

Views of Job Situation Improve Sharply, but Many Still Say They’re Falling Behind Financially

Currently, 50% of Americans say there are plenty of jobs available in their communities – the highest number saying that jobs are plentiful in Pew Research Center surveys dating to 2001.

PublicationsNovember 2, 2017

Declining Confidence in Trump, Lower Job Ratings for Congressional Leaders

Survey Report Growing numbers of Americans express little or no confidence in Donald Trump to handle an international crisis, manage the executive branch effectively and work effectively with Congress. And today, just 34% approve of Trump’s overall job performance, while 59% disapprove. However, Trump’s job approval rating is higher than those of Republican and Democratic […]

PublicationsOctober 24, 2017

Political Typology Reveals Deep Fissures on the Right and Left

Nearly a year after Donald Trump was elected president, the Republican coalition is deeply divided on such major issues as immigration, America’s role in the world and the fundamental fairness of the U.S. economic system. The Democratic coalition is largely united in staunch opposition to President Trump. Yet, while Trump’s election has triggered a wave […]

PublicationsOctober 5, 2017

The Partisan Divide on Political Values Grows Even Wider

Gaps between Republicans and Democrats over racial discrimination, immigration and poverty assistance have widened considerably in recent years.