PublicationsJune 20, 2018

Voters More Focused on Control of Congress – and the President – Than in Past Midterms

The congressional elections are more than four months away, but voter engagement is high when compared with comparable points in previous midterm cycles.

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.

PublicationsMay 3, 2018

Trump Viewed Less Negatively on Issues, but Most Americans Are Critical of His Conduct

A majority of Americans find little or no common ground with Donald Trump on issues, but the share who say they agree with him on many or all issues has risen since last August.

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 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.