February 21, 2017

5 facts about crime in the U.S.

Government data show that violent and property crime rates have both fallen in the long term – but official estimates vary widely, and public perceptions often don’t align with the data. Here are five key facts on crime.

U.S. PoliticsFebruary 8, 2017

Younger Supreme Court appointees stay on the bench longer, but there are plenty of exceptions

Justices who were younger than 45 when they took the oath of office served an average of 21.6 years on the court; those who were ages 45 to 49 served an average of 19.4 years.

U.S. PoliticsFebruary 2, 2017

The changing face of Congress in 5 charts

Apart from its political makeup and policy objectives, the new Congress differs from prior ones in other ways, including its demographics.

ReligionJanuary 26, 2017

5 facts about abortion

As the debate over abortion continues, here are five key facts about Americans’ views on the topic.

January 25, 2017

Most officers say the media treat police unfairly

Among the challenges U.S. police officers perceive on the job is a widespread feeling that police are mistreated by the media.

U.S. PoliticsJanuary 20, 2017

Obama used clemency power more often than any president since Truman

Obama granted clemency to more people than any U.S. president in 64 years, but he also received far more requests than any president on record.

Fact TankJanuary 12, 2017

Black and white officers see many key aspects of policing differently

On some subjects, racial differences among the police are considerably more pronounced than they are among the public as a whole.

Fact TankJanuary 11, 2017

Q&A: How Pew Research Center surveyed nearly 8,000 police officers

Read an interview with Senior Editor Rich Morin and Senior Research Methodologist Andrew Mercer, who were involved in our groundbreaking police officer survey.

Fact TankJanuary 5, 2017

Federal prison population fell during Obama’s term, reversing recent trend

Obama is on pace to become the first president since Carter to leave the White House with a smaller federal prison population than when he took office.

Fact TankDecember 29, 2016

Tillerson would be first secretary of state without military or government experience

At least four secretaries of state previously worked as top executives for large private-sector companies.