PublicationsJune 19, 2019

Public Highly Critical of State of Political Discourse in the U.S.

Majorities of Americans say the tone of political debate in the country has become more negative, less respectful, less fact-based and less substantive in recent years.

PublicationsMay 23, 2019

Nearly Half of Democrats Say the Best Age for a President Is ‘In Their 50s’

When asked about the ideal age for a president, most Democrats say they prefer someone in their 40s through their 60s, with nearly half (47%) saying the best age for a president is “in their 50s.” Two of the Democratic Party’s best-known candidates, Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, are in their 70s, yet only 3% […]

PublicationsMay 16, 2019

Trump’s Staunch GOP Supporters Have Roots in the Tea Party

Republicans who did not agree with the tea party during Obama era were somewhat less likely to remain affiliated with GOP years later. Republicans who had positive views of the tea party movement in 2014 or 2015 were among Trump’s most enthusiastic backers during the 2016 campaign.

PublicationsMay 14, 2019

Majority of Public Favors Same-Sex Marriage, but Divisions Persist

A majority of Americans (61%) favor allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally, while about half as many (31%) oppose same-sex marriage. Republicans and Democrats remain deeply divided over legal marriage for gays and lesbians – though support has increased significantly in both parties over the past 15 years.

PublicationsApril 24, 2019

U.S. Public Has Favorable View of Israel’s People, but Is Less Positive Toward Its Government

While 64% of Americans have a favorable opinion of the Israeli people, fewer than half view the Israeli government favorably. There are wide partisan gaps in opinions of Israelis and Palestinians.

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