U.S. PoliticsJune 12, 2018

5 facts about the Supreme Court

As the court enters a period in which it is expected to deliver high-profile rulings – and with speculation mounting over whether one or more justices may soon retire – here are five facts about the U.S. Supreme Court, based on surveys and other recent research by Pew Research Center.

Pew Research CenterMay 30, 2018

As fatal overdoses rise, many Americans see drug addiction as a major problem in their community

The U.S. public’s concerns about drug addiction come amid increases in the number and rate of fatal drug overdoses across urban, suburban and rural communities.

Pew Research CenterMay 2, 2018

America’s incarceration rate is at a two-decade low

At the end of 2016, there were about 2.2 million people behind bars in the U.S., amounting to an incarceration rate of 860 inmates for every 100,000 adults.

Pew Research CenterApril 19, 2018

Q&A: How Pew Research Center identified bots on Twitter

For a recent study on automated accounts and Twitter, we had to answer a fundamental question: Which accounts are bots and which accounts aren’t? Read a Q&A with Stefan Wojcik, a computational social scientist at the Center and one of the report’s authors, on how he and his colleagues navigated this question.

Pew Research CenterApril 10, 2018

5 facts about Americans and Facebook

Around two-thirds of U.S. adults use Facebook. The social media platform is popular among all demographic groups.

Pew Research CenterMarch 21, 2018

Americans had concerns about self-driving cars before fatal Arizona accident

Last year, a slight majority of Americans said they were at least somewhat worried about the development of autonomous cars and hesitant about riding in one if given the chance.

Pew Research CenterMarch 20, 2018

Trump’s appointed judges are a less diverse group than Obama’s

Donald Trump lags behind Barack Obama in the racial, ethnic and gender diversity of the judges he has appointed to date.

Pew Research CenterMarch 7, 2018

Federal judicial picks have become more contentious, and Trump’s are no exception

Trump’s federal judicial picks have faced a record amount of opposition, reflecting growing discord over presidential appointments to the judiciary.

Pew Research CenterJanuary 30, 2018

5 facts about crime in the U.S.

As the Trump administration takes steps to address violence in American communities, here are five facts about crime in the United States.

Pew Research CenterJanuary 12, 2018

The gap between the number of blacks and whites in prison is shrinking

Blacks have long outnumbered whites in U.S. prisons. But a significant decline in the number of black prisoners in recent years has steadily narrowed that gap to the point where it is half as wide as it was in 2009, when America’s prison population peaked, according to new data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics.