U.S. Politics May. 1, 2014

Is Attacking Obama’s Foreign Policy a Winning Strategy?

Some Republicans see foreign policy as a winning campaign theme given President Obama’s handling of recent international crises. But surveys suggest that may not be the case.

U.S. Politics Mar. 30, 2014

Democrats Face Challenges in This Year’s Midterm Elections

While Democrats are more popular than the GOP among the general public, the party faces a number of challenges in November, writes Andrew Kohut in the Wall Street Journal.

U.S. Politics Sep. 3, 2013

A Popular Obama Heads to G20

By Andrew Kohut As President Obama heads to the G20 summit in St. Petersburg this week he remains the most popular world leader. Ordinary citizens in most countries, with some notable exceptions, say they have confidence in him to do the right thing in world affairs and many generally approve of his policies. But over […]

U.S. Politics Jan. 22, 2013

Obama’s Second Term Goals and Public Opinion

President Obama on Monday laid out his second term priorities, naming a range of issues: the social safety net, entitlement programs, income inequality, climate change, gay rights and immigration reform. Here is what our surveys have found about public opinion on these topics.

U.S. Politics Dec. 20, 2012

Election, Tragedies Dominate 2012 News

The public’s news interests were very much focused on domestic developments this year, with the election outcome, last week’s horrific school shooting and Hurricane Sandy leading the list of the top stories of 2012.

U.S. Politics Dec. 14, 2012

Public Attitudes toward Gun Control

Public opinion on previous mass shootings has been divided and unchanged.

U.S. Politics Nov. 13, 2012

Misreading the 2012 Election

Postelection talk of “lessons learned” is often exaggerated and misleading, and so it is in 2012, writes Pew Research President Andrew Kohut.

U.S. Politics Sep. 28, 2012

Youth Engagement Falls; Registration Also Declines

Young voters are significantly less engaged in this year’s election than at a comparable point in 2008 and now lag far behind older voters in interest in the campaign and intention to vote.

U.S. Politics Aug. 23, 2012

A Closer Look at the Parties in 2012

As the 2012 party conventions approach, the Democratic Party continues to maintain an advantage in party identification among voters, but its lead is much smaller than it was in 2008.

U.S. Politics Aug. 22, 2012

Conventions Still Draw Sizable Audience, Boost Campaign Interest

Despite limited prime-time coverage, the Republican and Democratic conventions still give the parties a chance to define their presidential candidates and spark public interest in the campaign.