Fact Tank Aug. 1, 2014

The political middle still matters

Despite growing political polarization between the GOP and Democratic bases, there’s a sizable “middle” that still matters in elections.

Fact Tank Jul. 31, 2014

Congress continues its streak of passing few significant laws

Midway through its second and final year, the 113th Congress remains one of the least legislatively productive in recent history.

Fact Tank Jul. 31, 2014

Americans divided on how the Supreme Court should interpret the Constitution

Democrats and Republicans remain deeply divided about how the U.S. Supreme Court should interpret the Constitution. And there are many differences among different demographic groups – especially when it comes to religious affiliation.

Fact Tank Jul. 24, 2014

Voter turnout always drops off for midterm elections, but why?

Voter turnout, no matter how measured, is consistently lower in midterm elections compared to presidential election years. Political scientists aren’t sure why, but have some ideas.

Fact Tank Jul. 16, 2014

Obama viewed as more caring than Bush, but no more effective

A new Pew Research Center survey finds that President Barack Obama’s overall approval rating has held steady at 44%, even as he receives low marks for his handling of the surge of undocumented child immigrants at the U.S. border.

Fact Tank Jul. 15, 2014

The demographics and politics of gun-owning households

Americans with young children in their home are just as likely as other adults to have a gun in their household.

Fact Tank Jul. 9, 2014

Americans, especially young adults, back strong economic ties with China

About half of Americans (51%) say it is more important to build a stronger relationship with China on economic issues, while 41% say it is more important to get tougher with China.

Fact Tank Jul. 9, 2014

The politics of American generations: How age affects attitudes and voting behavior

Among U.S. adults, different age cohorts have markedly different political profiles, but the relationship is considerably more complex than young people leaning liberal and older people being more conservative.

Fact Tank Jul. 7, 2014

1-in-10 Americans don’t give a hoot about politics

As Republicans and Democrats gear up for midterm elections this November, there’s one group of Americans – that we call political Bystanders – that is paying very little, if any, attention to the whole ordeal.

Fact Tank Jun. 30, 2014

Americans show modest interest in Iraq news, less interest in World Cup

So far, the growing crisis in Iraq has not drawn strong interest from the American public. As Sunni militants extend their control of large swaths of Iraq, 25% say they are paying very close attention to the growing violence and political instability in Iraq. By comparison, 28% of Americans surveyed June 26-29 say they followed […]