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 18, 2018

Public Sees Better Year Ahead; Democrats Sharpen Focus on Midterm Elections

A majority of Americans say 2018 will be a better year than 2017, a shift from a year ago when public expectations were far less positive.

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 18, 2017

Sharing the News in a Polarized Congress

Political divides in the American news landscape do not end with Americans’ preferences for different news sources; rather, they extend to how members of the U.S. Congress communicate with constituents in the digital age.

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.

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.

PublicationsSeptember 13, 2017

Partisans Differ Widely in Views of Police Officers, College Professors

Survey Report Americans give strongly positive ratings to teachers and members of the military, while ratings of political and ideological groups – Democrats, Republicans, liberals and conservatives – are much less positive, and more starkly divided along partisan lines. Yet wide partisan and ideological divides are also seen in views of some professions. Educators – […]

PublicationsAugust 29, 2017

Republicans Divided in Views of Trump’s Conduct; Democrats Are Broadly Critical

A majority of Republicans express mixed or negative feelings about Donald Trump’s conduct as president, while nearly nine-in-ten Democrats don’t like the way he conducts himself.

PublicationsJuly 20, 2017

Since Trump’s Election, Increased Attention to Politics – Especially Among Women

Following an election that had one of the largest gender gaps in history, women are more likely than men to say they are paying increased attention to politics.

PublicationsJuly 10, 2017

Sharp Partisan Divisions in Views of National Institutions

Republicans and Democrats offer starkly different assessments of the impact of several of the nation’s leading institutions – including the news media, colleges and universities and churches and religious organizations.

PublicationsJune 26, 2017

Support for Same-Sex Marriage Grows, Even Among Groups That Had Been Skeptical

Two years after the Supreme Court decision that required states to recognize same-sex marriages nationwide, support for allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally is at its highest point in over 20 years of Pew Research Center polling on the issue.

PublicationsJune 20, 2017

Public Has Criticisms of Both Parties, but Democrats Lead on Empathy for Middle Class

Both political parties’ favorability ratings are more negative than positive and fewer than half say either party has high ethical standards.