May 20, 2014

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.

Apr 15, 2014

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.”

Apr 10, 2014

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.

Apr 7, 2014

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.

Mar 27, 2014

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.

Feb 24, 2014

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.

Feb 10, 2014

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.

Jan 28, 2014

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 […]

Jan 15, 2014

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 […]

Dec 16, 2013

Liberal Democrats still approve of Obama, but many don’t feel strongly

President Obama continues to have sky-high job ratings among liberal Democrats — 90% approve and just 8% disapprove in Pew Research’s poll earlier this month. Their approval of his job performance is twice the rating given by the public as a whole (which rose slightly to 45% after steadily declining over six months). But many […]