Fact Tank Sep. 4, 2014

5 takeaways on how Americans view a world in crisis

The crises in the Middle East with ISIS and the power struggle with Russian in the Ukraine have caused Americans shift to their views on U.S. global involvement.

Fact Tank Sep. 3, 2014

Who runs for office? A profile of the 2%

Our data show that those who say they have sought office tend to be white, male and well-educated. In fact, while women account for half of the adult population, they are just a quarter of those who say they have run for office.

Fact Tank Aug. 25, 2014

In search of libertarians

About one-in-ten Americans (11%) describe themselves as libertarian and know what the term means.

Fact Tank Aug. 8, 2014

Chart of the Week: The most liberal and conservative big cities

Big cities in the U.S. tend toward the liberal side of the political spectrum, even when they’re within conservative states (residents of Austin sometimes joke that their city is “an island surrounded by Texas”). But which cities are more liberal — or conservative — than their reputations?

Fact Tank Aug. 8, 2014

How the Watergate crisis eroded public support for Richard Nixon

Nixon had won reelection in 1972 by a landslide and began his second term with a lofty 68% Gallup Poll approval rating in January 1973. But the Watergate scandal took a heavy toll on those ratings.

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.