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.

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. 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. 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.

U.S. Politics Dec. 30, 2010

2010 Poll Findings that Will Matter in 2011

On issues ranging from the rising power of China to the desirability of bipartisan cooperation and the outlook for the nation’s future, Americans expressed views over the course of the past year that are likely to have consequences for the future course of U.S. policy and governance.

U.S. Politics Nov. 30, 2010

Voting in Foreign-Policy Oblivion

While it is not unusual for foreign policy to take a back seat during difficult economic times, the absence of concern at a time when American troops are fighting a war in Afghanistan, and the threat of terrorism remains high is remarkable.

U.S. Politics Nov. 22, 2010

The Growing Gap between Landline and Dual Frame Election Polls

A new analysis of Pew Research Center pre-election surveys conducted this year finds that support for Republican candidates was significantly higher in samples based only on landlines than in dual frame samples that combined landline and cell phone interviews. The difference in the margin among likely voters this year is about twice as large as in 2008.

U.S. Politics Nov. 3, 2010

A Clear Rejection of the Status Quo, No Consensus about Future Policies

An older and much more conservative electorate than in 2006 and 2008 propelled the Republican Party to a broad victory in the 2010 midterm elections. But the vote was more repudiation than endorsement. Views of the Republican Party are no more positive than those of the Democratic Party.

U.S. Politics Oct. 29, 2010

The Party of Nonvoters

There will almost certainly be far more nonvoters than voters this year. Nonvoters are younger, less educated and more financially stressed than likely voters. They are also significantly less Republican and more likely to approve of Obama’s job performance.

U.S. Politics Oct. 22, 2010

Independent Voters vs. Unions

Union members are one voting bloc that continues to strongly back their party’s candidates — the downside of that support is that labor unions have fallen out of favor with the broader public, including independents who will cast the decisive votes in this year’s elections.