Jun 17, 2014

Which party is more to blame for political polarization? It depends on the measure

Our report on political polarization in America has renewed debate among journalists and academics over what is called “asymmetrical polarization” – the idea that one party has moved further ideologically than the other. A number of congressional scholars have concluded that the widening partisan gap in Congress is attributable mostly to a rightward shift among […]

Jun 12, 2014

7 things to know about polarization in America

Political polarization is the defining feature of early 21st century American politics, both among the public and elected officials. Our study finds that Republicans and Democrats are further apart than at any point in recent history.

Feb 24, 2014

Just 28% of Republicans believe GOP advocates its principles well

A minority of Republicans believe that their party is doing a good job in standing up for its traditional positions of smaller government, tax-cutting and conservative social values.

Dec 20, 2013

Polling on the deficit: Why question order matters

Polling organizations devote a great deal of attention to the wording of survey questions, but they need to be just as concerned about how questions are ordered. The context in which a specific question is asked, particularly what directly precedes a question in a telephone interview, often has an impact on the way people respond.

Dec 13, 2013

Boehner takes on Tea Party at time when Republican views of him are more unfavorable

The point increase in unfavorable opinions of Rep. John Boehner since he became House Speaker.

Nov 13, 2013

Americans see U.S. losing ground against mental illness, prescription drug abuse

The public views a number of public health problems as serious, but while prescription drug abuse does not top the list, it stands out as a problem that Americans say is getting worse.

Nov 4, 2013

From courts to cops to shops: Where blacks perceive discrimination

Seven-in-ten blacks say that blacks in their communities were treated less fairly than whites in dealing with police.

Oct 24, 2013

Tea Party Republicans have a love-hate relationship with government

Tea Party Republicans like some federal agencies as much as Democrats do.

Oct 18, 2013

The tough job of being House speaker

During their terms as Speaker of the House, both Republican leader John Boehner and Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi experienced similar trajectories in their favorability ratings.

Oct 11, 2013

John Boehner’s dilemma – in a chart

Sentiment about GOP leaders has shifted among the Republican rank-and-file since last month, with Tea party Republican more approving of the leaders, while non-Tea Party Republicans are less approving.