Who runs for office? A profile of the 2%
Our data show that those who say they have sought office tend to be white, male and well-educated. In fact, while women account for half of the adult population, they are just a quarter of those who say they have run for office.
News interest: Conservatives big on Benghazi, liberals follow Nigeria kidnappings and Sterling
There was a sharp partisan divide last week on which stories most interested liberals and conservatives: Liberals tracked most closely the kidnappings in Nigeria and the Donald Sterling controversy, while conservatives were most interested in Benghazi.
NSA coverage wins Pulitzer, but Americans remain divided on Snowden leaks
Percentage of the public saying in January that Edward Snowden’s leaks “served the public interest,” compared with 43% who say the leaks “harmed the public interest.”
What kinds of Supreme Court cases interest Americans? Not campaign finance
The public paid relatively little attention to last week’s major Supreme Court ruling striking down campaign contribution limits, but other high-profile cases do get a lot of attention.
6 facts about marijuana
A new Pew Research Center survey on the nation’s drug policies found a continued increase in support for legalizing marijuana. These are six key facts on views about the issue.
Support for Obama, health care law has eroded among Hispanics
Today, as many Hispanics approve as disapprove (47%-47%) of the new health care law. That’s down markedly compared with the 61% approval just six months ago. And during the same time period, Obama’s job approval rating has slipped 15 points among Hispanics.
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.
Americans like Michelle Obama, except for conservative Republicans
There’s been at least one constant in how the public views the Obama administration — the large number of Americans who have a favorable view of First Lady Michelle Obama.
On immigration, Republicans favor path to legal status, but differ over citizenship
As House Republicans plan to roll out their own proposals to reform the nation’s immigration system, polls continue to show a majority of Americans support some pathway to legal status for the 11.7 million unauthorized immigrants living in the U.S. Roughly-two thirds of Americans favor either a pathway to citizenship for unauthorized immigrants (54%) or […]
What to anticipate in 2014? Many young adults say soccer’s World Cup
Nearly six-in-ten Americans (58%) say they’re “especially looking forward” to the Winter Olympics next month, including roughly equal shares of each age group. But when it comes to this year’s other quadrennial international sports event – the World Cup – it’s largely young people who are anticipating it. It’s not that young people aren’t looking […]