PublicationsApril 15, 2019

Sharp Rise in the Share of Americans Saying Jews Face Discrimination

Today, 64% of Americans say Jews face at least some discrimination, a 20-percentage-point increase from 2016. Partisans are divided in their views of discrimination against Jews – and many other groups.

PublicationsApril 11, 2019

Little Public Support for Reductions in Federal Spending

When Americans are asked to make up the budget for the federal government, they have little appetite for austerity measures. Asked about 13 different government program areas, from veterans benefits to foreign aid, no more than about a quarter favor reducing spending in any specific area. The survey by Pew Research Center, conducted March 20-25 […]

PublicationsApril 11, 2019

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: “Little Public Support for Reductions in Federal Spending”

PublicationsApril 11, 2019

Public Trust in Government: 1958-2019

Public trust in the government remains near historic lows. Only 17% of Americans today say they can trust the government in Washington to do what is right “just about always” (3%) or “most of the time” (14%). When the National Election Study began asking about trust in government in 1958, about three-quarters of Americans trusted […]

Survey ReportsApril 4, 2019

Growing Partisan Divide Over Fairness of the Nation’s Tax System

As the April 15 tax deadline approaches, overall public views of the fairness of the nation’s tax system have changed only modestly since 2017, before passage of major tax legislation. However, partisan differences on tax fairness have increased considerably since then, and now are wider than at any point in at least two decades. Two […]

Survey ReportsApril 2, 2019

Large Majorities in Both Parties Say NATO Is Good for the U.S.

As the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) celebrates its 70th anniversary this month, Americans overwhelmingly say being a member of NATO is beneficial for the United States.

Survey ReportsMarch 28, 2019

Majority Says Trump Has Done ‘Too Little’ to Distance Himself From White Nationalists

The public’s views of Donald Trump have changed little over the course of his presidency – and this is the case for opinions about whether Trump has done enough to distance himself from white nationalist groups. In a new survey, a 56% majority says Trump has done too little to distance himself from white nationalist […]

PublicationsMarch 14, 2019

Political Independents: Who They Are, What They Think

Most independents are not all that “independent” politically. And the small share of Americans who are truly independent stand out for their low level of interest in politics.

PublicationsJanuary 24, 2019

Public’s 2019 Priorities: Economy, Health Care, Education and Security All Near Top of List

Growing share sees ‘great deal of difference’ between the parties

PublicationsJanuary 18, 2019

Trump Begins Third Year With Low Job Approval and Doubts About His Honesty

At the second anniversary of his inauguration, public views of Donald Trump’s job performance, as well as his honesty and administration’s ethics, are decidedly negative. Yet opinions about the nation’s economy continue to be positive – and Trump’s handling of the economy remains a relative strength. Trump begins his third year with a 37% job […]

PublicationsJanuary 16, 2019

Most Border Wall Opponents, Supporters Say Shutdown Concessions Are Unacceptable

Partisan divide on whether shutdown is ‘very serious’ problem

PublicationsDecember 17, 2018

Most Voters Have Positive Views of Their Midterm Voting Experiences

Voters approached the 2018 midterm elections with some trepidation about the voting process and many had concerns that U.S. election systems may be hacked. After the election, however, most say it was “very easy” to vote and confidence in election security has increased.

PublicationsNovember 29, 2018

Conflicting Partisan Priorities for U.S. Foreign Policy

The public’s leading long-range foreign policy goals for the United States are focused on security, including economic security. About seven-in-ten (72%) say that taking measures to protect the U.S. from terrorist attacks should be a top priority for the country, while about as many (71%) say the same about protecting the jobs of American workers.

Survey ReportsNovember 15, 2018

Public Expects Gridlock, Deeper Divisions With Changed Political Landscape

The public is generally positive about the outcome of last week’s midterm elections. Yet most Americans think that neither Democratic congressional leaders nor Donald Trump will be successful in getting their policies passed into law during the next two years.

PublicationsNovember 5, 2018

More Now Say It’s ‘Stressful’ to Discuss Politics With People They Disagree With

Over the past two years, Americans have become more likely to say it is “stressful and frustrating” to have political conversations with those they disagree with. The change in opinions has come largely among Democrats: 57% now say that talking about politics with people they disagree with is stressful and frustrating, up from 45% two […]

PublicationsOctober 29, 2018

Elections in America: Concerns Over Security, Divisions Over Expanding Access to Voting

With a week to go before Election Day, Americans are confident their local election authorities are up to the essential tasks of making sure that elections are run smoothly and that votes are counted accurately.

PublicationsOctober 18, 2018

Gun Policy Remains Divisive, But Several Proposals Still Draw Bipartisan Support

The partisan divide that for years has defined public opinion about the nation’s gun policies remains firmly in place. Yet there continue to be several specific policy proposals that draw broad support from both Republicans and Democrats.

PublicationsOctober 15, 2018

Little Partisan Agreement on the Pressing Problems Facing the U.S.

With less than four weeks until the midterm elections, Republican and Democratic voters differ widely in views of the seriousness of numerous problems facing the United States, including the fairness of the criminal justice system, climate change, economic inequality and illegal immigration. Majorities of registered voters who support Democratic candidates for Congress rate 13 of […]

PublicationsOctober 4, 2018

2018 Midterm Voters: Issues and Political Values

Supporters of Republican and Democratic candidates in the upcoming congressional election are deeply divided over the government’s role in ensuring health care, the fairness of the nation’s economic system and views of racial equality in the United States.

PublicationsOctober 1, 2018

Trump Gets Negative Ratings for Many Personal Traits, but Most Say He Stands Up for His Beliefs

Donald Trump receives generally negative ratings from the public across a range of personal traits and characteristics. Just 24% of Americans say Trump is even-tempered, while nearly three times as many (70%) say that description does not apply to him. Fewer than half say that Trump is a strong leader (43%), well-informed (38%), empathetic (36%) […]