PublicationsApril 24, 2017

How Republicans and Democrats View Federal Spending

If you were making up the budget for the federal government this year, would you increase spending, decrease spending or keep spending the same for …   See related report: “With Budget Debate Looming, Growing Share of Public Prefers Bigger Government”

PublicationsApril 24, 2017

With Budget Debate Looming, Growing Share of Public Prefers Bigger Government

Survey Report As Congress faces an April 28 deadline to fund government operations, the public is now split in their general preferences on the size and scope of government: 48% say they would rather have a bigger government providing more services, while 45% prefer a smaller government providing fewer services. This marks the first time […]

Multi-section ReportsApril 17, 2017

Public Dissatisfaction With Washington Weighs on the GOP

While the party retains its advantage over the Democrats on handling terrorism, it has lost ground on immigration and foreign policy, and 68% of the public sees the Republican Party as “mostly divided.”

Sortable TableApril 17, 2017

Presidential Approval Detailed Tables, April 2017

Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling his job as President? / Do you [approve/disapprove] strongly or not so strongly?

PublicationsApril 14, 2017

Top Frustrations With Tax System: Sense That Corporations, Wealthy Don’t Pay Fair Share

A majority of Americans now view the federal tax system as unfair, including similar shares of Republicans and Democrats. But partisans differ in their concerns about the tax system.

PublicationsApril 12, 2017

Public Supports Syria Missile Strikes, but Few See a ‘Clear Plan’ for Addressing Situation

Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents are about three times as likely as Republicans and Republican leaners to say the U.S. has a responsibility to accept refugees from Syria.

Survey ReportsMarch 2, 2017

Large Majorities See Checks and Balances, Right to Protest as Essential for Democracy

Large majorities of the public, Republicans and Democrats alike, say open and fair elections and a system of governmental checks and balances are essential to maintaining a strong democracy in the United States.

InteractivesFebruary 23, 2017

For members of 114th Congress, partisan criticism ruled on Facebook

Pew Research CenterFebruary 23, 2017

For members of 114th Congress, partisan criticism ruled on Facebook

Facebook posts from members of the 114th Congress attracted more attention when they contained disagreement with the opposing party than when they expressed bipartisanship, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of over 100,000 posts. The Center gathered every Facebook post issued by members of the 114th Congress between January 4, 2015 and April 30, […]

Multi-section ReportsFebruary 23, 2017

Partisan Conflict and Congressional Outreach

A new analysis of more than 200,000 press releases and Facebook posts from the official accounts of members of the 114th Congress uses methods from the emerging field of computational social science to quantify how often legislators themselves “go negative” in their outreach to the public.

PublicationsFebruary 22, 2017

In Trump Era, What Partisans Want From Their Congressional Leaders

Survey Report As President Trump prepares for his address next week to a joint session of Congress, Republicans say they are more inclined to trust the president, rather than GOP congressional leaders, if the two sides disagree. For their part, Democrats are far more concerned that congressional Democrats will not do enough,  rather than go […]

Sortable TableFebruary 16, 2017

Presidential Approval Detailed Tables, February 2017

Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling his job as President? / Do you [approve/disapprove] strongly or not so strongly?

PublicationsFebruary 16, 2017

In First Month, Views of Trump Are Already Strongly Felt, Deeply Polarized

Less than a month after Donald Trump took office, the public’s initial impressions of the new president are strongly felt, deeply polarized and far more negative than positive. The latest national survey by Pew Research Center, conducted Feb. 7-12 among 1,503 adults, finds that Trump’s overall job approval is much lower than those of prior […]

PublicationsJanuary 24, 2017

After Seismic Political Shift, Modest Changes in Public’s Policy Agenda

Survey Report As Donald Trump enters the White House, the nation’s leading policy priorities are little changed from the final years of Barack Obama’s presidency. And the partisan divisions over many of the public’s priorities – from dealing with global climate change to strengthening the nation’s military – remain as wide as ever. Roughly three-quarters […]

PublicationsJanuary 19, 2017

On Eve of Inauguration, Americans Expect Nation’s Deep Political Divisions to Persist

Ahead of Donald Trump’s inauguration as the nation’s 45th president, the public sees a country deeply fractured along partisan lines.

PublicationsJanuary 18, 2017

Public Sees Wealthy People, Corporations Gaining Influence in Trump Era

As President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take office, the public has starkly different expectations about which groups in society will gain influence – and those that will lose influence – under his administration.

InteractivesAugust 26, 2016

Public Views About Guns

Explore 20 years of data on public opinion about gun control vs. gun rights.

DatasetsApril 19, 2016

April 2016 Politics and Foreign Policy Survey

DatasetsMarch 26, 2016

March 2016 Political Survey