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.

Fact TankDecember 28, 2016

U.S. ends year with fewest executions since 1991

Just five states – Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Missouri and Texas – accounted for all 20 executions in the U.S. in 2016.

Fact TankDecember 12, 2016

Most Americans haven’t heard of the ‘alt-right’

The political movement known as the alt-right has sparked considerable debate in recent weeks. Most Americans, however, haven’t heard of the movement at all.

Fact TankDecember 5, 2016

What kinds of backgrounds do U.S. attorneys general have?

Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for attorney general, closely resembles many previous Justice Department leaders.

Fact TankNovember 29, 2016

Trump voters want to build the wall, but are more divided on other immigration questions

Though many Trump supporters say illegal immigration is a serious problem in the U.S. and want to build the wall, they are more divided on other questions.

Fact TankNovember 16, 2016

Voters’ perceptions of crime continue to conflict with reality

Despite double-digit decreases in U.S. violent and property crime rates since 2008, most voters say crime has gotten worse during that span.