U.S. PoliticsApril 12, 2018

Proposed amendments to the U.S. Constitution seldom go anywhere

The vast majority of proposed amendments die quiet, little-mourned deaths in committees and subcommittees.

Pew Research CenterApril 11, 2018

Near-record number of House members not seeking re-election in 2018

More members of the U.S. House of Representatives are choosing not to seek re-election than at any time in the past quarter-century.

Pew Research CenterApril 5, 2018

Despite talk of ‘trade war’ with China, highest U.S. tariffs are on imports from other Asian countries

The highest U.S. tariffs aren’t on imports from its biggest trading partners, but on products from several developing South Asian nations whose exports are heavily weighted toward clothing, footwear and other products that the U.S. generally taxes highly.

Pew Research CenterMarch 28, 2018

U.S. tariffs vary a lot, but the highest duties tend to be on imported clothing

Average tariff rates, while useful for comparison, can obscure the wide range of rates imposed on different classes of imports and on specific products.

Pew Research CenterMarch 22, 2018

U.S. tariffs are among the lowest in the world – and in the nation’s history

The Trump administration’s plans to impose $50 billion in tariffs on Chinese imports, as well as tariffs recently placed on imported steel and aluminum and on imports of solar panels and washing machines, mark a distinct break from decades of U.S. trade policy, which long has generally favored lower tariffs and fewer restrictions on the movement of goods and services across international borders.

Pew Research CenterFebruary 15, 2018

Q&A: The growing use of ‘voter files’ in studying the U.S. electorate

Read a Q&A with Pew Research Center’s Ruth Igielnik and Scott Keeter about a recent study about voter files.

GlobalJanuary 29, 2018

Remittances from abroad are major economic assets for some developing countries

For five countries – Nepal, Kyrgyzstan, Haiti, Tajikistan and Liberia – remittances from citizens abroad are equivalent to at least a quarter of GDP.

Pew Research CenterJanuary 16, 2018

Congress has long struggled to pass spending bills on time

In the four decades that the current system for budgeting and spending tax dollars has been in effect, Congress has managed to pass all required appropriations bills on time only four times.

U.S. PoliticsJanuary 11, 2018

Despite GOP control of Congress and White House, lawmaking lagged in 2017

In 2017, Republicans gained control of both houses of Congress and the White House for the first time in a decade, but unified GOP control of the legislative and executive branches didn’t lead to a burst of lawmaking.

GlobalJanuary 10, 2018

5 facts about Iran

The public unrest that swept across Iran starting in late December began as a protest against poor economic conditions, but it quickly turned into a call for an end to the country’s theocratic regime.