Most think the ‘American dream’ is within reach for them
Most Americans say they have achieved the “American dream” or are on their way to achieving it. Yet, the American dream means different things to different people.
Republicans’ optimism about future of GOP declines
The share of Republicans who are very or somewhat pessimistic about the future of the Republican Party has nearly doubled since December 2016.
Democratic voters are increasingly likely to call their views liberal
The share of Democrats who describe their political views as liberal has steadily risen and is now 20 percentage points higher than in 2000.
In Trump era, women’s views of nation’s prospects take a negative turn
The gender divide in Donald Trump’s job approval rating is larger than for most recent presidents at comparable points early in their administrations.
Why people are rich and poor: Republicans and Democrats have very different views
Beyond partisan differences over economic policies, there are stark divisions on a fundamental question: What makes someone rich or poor?
Americans remain divided on how the Supreme Court should interpret the Constitution
The contentious Senate debate over Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court has cast a spotlight on deep partisan and ideological divisions in Congress – and in the public – over how the U.S. Supreme Court should interpret the Constitution when making its decisions.
Many lower-income Republicans see ensuring health coverage for all as a government responsibility
Lower-income Republicans are somewhat more likely than higher-income Republicans to support the Affordable Care Act, and many say ensuring health care coverage for all is a government responsibility.
A wider partisan and ideological gap between younger, older generations
The generation gap in American politics is dividing two younger age groups, Millennials and Generation X, from the two older groups, Baby Boomers and the Silent Generation.
Public remains divided over role of government in financial regulation
As Donald Trump and congressional Republicans take steps to roll back Obama-era financial regulations, the public remains divided over whether regulations of financial institutions have gone too far or not gone far enough.
Young people less likely to view Iraqi, Syrian refugees as major threat to U.S.
In early January, 46% of the public said “a large number of refugees leaving countries such as Iraq and Syria” was a major threat to the well-being of America.