U.S. Politics Aug. 22, 2012

The Complicated Politics of Abortion

Following Missouri GOP Senate candidate Todd Akin’s controversial comments about abortion, our summary looks at previous public opinion reports on abortion among Democrats and Republicans and in the campaign.

U.S. Politics Aug. 13, 2012

Older Americans Have Been Highly Resistant to Medicare Changes

Older Americans are wary of changes to Medicare than are younger people. They are more positive about the way the program operates, less apt to think that changes are needed and far less disposed towards Paul Ryan’s proposal to reshape Medicare.

U.S. Politics Aug. 3, 2012

Party Affiliation and Election Polls

In every campaign cycle, pollwatchers pay close attention to the details of every election survey. And well they should. But focusing on the partisan balance of surveys is, in almost every circumstance, the wrong place to look.

U.S. Politics Jul. 24, 2012

Romney’s Overseas Trip a Chance to Burnish Foreign Policy Credentials

Mitt Romney’s trip to Europe and Israel this week highlights a potential weakness of his candidacy.

U.S. Politics Jun. 15, 2012

Obama Health Care Law: Where Does the Public Stand?

A summary of surveys by the Pew Research Center highlights the views of Americans on issues related to the health care law passed in 2010.

U.S. Politics Jun. 14, 2012

Debt and Deficit: A Public Opinion Dilemma

Pew Research Center President Andrew Kohut writes that there has never been an issue such as the deficit on which there has been such a consensus among the public about its importance — and such a lack of agreement about acceptable solutions.

U.S. Politics May. 23, 2012

Changing Views of Gay Marriage: A Deeper Analysis

President Obama’s recent expression of support for same-sex marriage has highlighted long-term changes in opinion on the issue.

U.S. Politics Apr. 16, 2012

Obama vs. Romney: Which One Can Defy Political History to Win?

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney both carry so much political baggage that one or the other will have to defy modern political history to win in November.

U.S. Politics Apr. 16, 2012

Gay Marriage: The Electorate Changes, and Politics Follow

In the 2004 elections, analysts believed that proposed state constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage increased the turnout of socially conservative voters in as many as 11 states. But since then, many Americans have changed their minds, and a whole new generation has come of age with a different point of view on this issue.

U.S. Politics Mar. 30, 2012

Blacks’ Views of Law Enforcement, Racial Progress and News Coverage of Race

The Trayvon Martin case has highlighted issues relating to the treatment of blacks by local police departments, the state of race relations in the U.S. and press coverage of African Americans. Pew Research Center surveys in recent years have covered the opinions of African Americans on these and other issues.