PublicationsJuly 18, 2018

Taking Sides on Facebook: How Congressional Outreach Changed Under President Trump

Democratic legislators’ opposition to political adversaries on Facebook spiked after Trump’s election, while “angry” reactions to posts by members of Congress increased among followers.

PublicationsJuly 17, 2018

Americans Divided on Kavanaugh’s Nomination to the Supreme Court

A week after Donald Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy’s seat on the Supreme Court, the public is split in its early views of the nomination.

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 […]

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.

PublicationsApril 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.”

InteractivesFebruary 23, 2017

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

PublicationsFebruary 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 […]

PublicationsMarch 31, 2016

Campaign Exposes Fissures Over Issues, Values and How Life Has Changed in the U.S.

The 2016 presidential campaign has exposed deep disagreements between – and within – the two parties on a range of major policy issues.

PublicationsMarch 28, 2016

Garland Nomination to Supreme Court Gets Positive Reception From Public

Although Merrick Garland’s nomination to the Supreme Court faces an uncertain fate in the Senate, more Americans say they favor (46%) than oppose (30%) Garland’s confirmation to the high court. About a quarter (24%) offer no opinion.

PublicationsFebruary 22, 2016

Majority of Public Wants Senate to Act on Obama’s Court Nominee

Survey Report In the high-stakes battle over replacing Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court, a majority of Americans (56%) say the Senate should hold hearings and vote on President Obama’s choice to fill the vacancy. About four-in-ten (38%) say the Senate should not hold hearings until the next president selects a court nominee. Most […]

PublicationsFebruary 22, 2016

More Support for Justice Department Than for Apple in Dispute Over Unlocking iPhone

As the standoff between the Department of Justice and Apple Inc. continues over an iPhone used by one of the suspects in the San Bernardino terrorist attacks, 51% say Apple should unlock the iPhone to assist the ongoing FBI investigation.

PublicationsSeptember 28, 2015

Majority Says Any Budget Deal Must Include Planned Parenthood Funding

Survey Report With the prospect of a government shutdown apparently decreasing, the public by a wide margin says that any congressional budget agreement must maintain funding for Planned Parenthood. The latest national poll by the Pew Research Center, conducted Sept. 22-27 among 1,502 adults, finds that 60% say that any budget deal must maintain funding for […]

PublicationsJuly 29, 2015

Negative Views of Supreme Court at Record High, Driven by Republican Dissatisfaction

Following major, end-of-term rulings on the Affordable Care Act and same-sex marriage, unfavorable opinions of the Supreme Court have reached a 30-year high.

PublicationsMay 21, 2015

Negative Views of New Congress Cross Party Lines

Survey Report The new Republican-led Congress is drawing harsh reviews from the public – including most Republicans. Just 23% of Americans say congressional Republicans are keeping the promises they made during last fall’s campaign, while 65% say they are not. Nearly four-in-ten (37%) say the new Congress has accomplished less than they expected, while 4% […]

PublicationsApril 20, 2015

Views of Supreme Court Little Changed as Major Rulings Loom

As the Supreme Court’s decisions on subjects as same-sex marriage, the death penalty and the Affordable Care Act loom, half of Americans have a favorable opinion of the court, while 39% say they have an unfavorable view.

PublicationsApril 2, 2015

Campaign 2016: Modest Interest, High Stakes

Survey Report The 2016 presidential campaign has gotten off to a slow start with voters. A majority of registered voters (58%) say they have given at least some thought to candidates who may run for president in 2016, but that is 10 points lower than at a comparable point in the 2008 campaign – the […]

PublicationsFebruary 26, 2015

Democrats Have More Positive Image, But GOP Runs Even or Ahead on Key Issues

Survey Report This week’s political battles over immigration, funding for the Department of Homeland Security and the Keystone XL pipeline have been waged by opposing parties that possess starkly different strengths and weaknesses. Majorities say the Democratic Party is open and tolerant, cares about the middle class and is not “too extreme.” By contrast, most […]

PublicationsJanuary 22, 2015

Most View the CDC Favorably; VA’s Image Slips

Survey Report The public continues to express positive views of many agencies of the federal government, even though overall trust in government is near historic lows. Large majorities express favorable views of such government agencies as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), NASA and the Defense Department. In fact, favorable opinions surpass unfavorable […]