U.S. Politics Mar. 11, 2011

The Elusive 90% Solution

This week, fully 90% of the public said that they were hearing mostly bad news about gas prices. Reaching the 90% threshold is a rare occurrence in polls, in part, because surveys focus on current issues with considerable disagreement. So what do 90% of Americans agree on?

Global Mar. 8, 2011

Will Enthusiasm for Democracy Endure in Egypt and Elsewhere?

While the parallels between former Soviet bloc countries and Middle Eastern nations should not be overdrawn, the experience of Eastern Europe after the collapse of the Soviet empire is a useful reminder that public enthusiasm for democracy is not guaranteed as political change extends over years and decades.

U.S. Politics Mar. 7, 2011

Who’s Winning the Fight Over Public-Employee Unions?

In its Topic A feature, the Washington Post asked several experts — among them the Pew Research Center’s Director of Survey Research Scott Keeter — who’s winning and who’s losing in the fight over public-employee unions.

U.S. Politics Feb. 22, 2011

In Showdown with Air Traffic Controllers, the Public Sided with Reagan

The bitter fight over union rights in Wisconsin calls to mind a labor battle that helped define the first year of Ronald Reagan’s presidency.

U.S. Politics Feb. 11, 2011

Tea Party’s Hard Line on Spending Divides GOP

Across a wide range of issues — including entitlements, education, agriculture and energy — Tea Party Republicans take a much harder line on cutting federal spending than do non-Tea Party Republicans, who are far more in sync with Democrats.

U.S. Politics Feb. 4, 2011

Historically, Public Has Given Low Priority to Promoting Democracy Overseas

Americans like the idea of their government promoting democracy in other nations. But democracy promotion has historically lagged far behind other objectives among the public’s long-term foreign policy goals.

Global Jan. 31, 2011

Egypt, Democracy and Islam

In a survey conducted last spring, a majority of Egyptian Muslims said that democracy was preferable to any other kind of government. An overwhelming majority also believes Islam’s influence in politics is positive.

U.S. Politics Jan. 13, 2011

Friend or Foe? How Americans See China

When Chinese President Hu Jintao visits Washington next week, he will be greeted by an American public that looks to Asia- — rather than to Europe — as the region of the world most important to U.S. interests.

U.S. Politics Jan. 13, 2011

Views of Gun Control — A Detailed Demographic Breakdown

Opinion about gun control has been split since April 2009, but this marked a substantial change in attitudes from previous years in which majorities of Americans consistently prioritized gun control over gun rights. See a breakdown of opinion about gun control across numerous demographic categories.

U.S. Politics Jan. 4, 2011

Six Telling Findings from the Iowa Caucuses

The Iowa caucuses produced six small but significant indicators of the dynamics that drove the race.